This certificate integrates forward-thinking student engagement theory, innovative course design, promising technologies, and next-generation learning strategies. Its responsive design provides students with the practical skills needed for careers as learning designers and workplace trainers. The program consists of five courses (15 credits) that may be taken as a standalone credential, or as part of a UFV diploma or degree program.
Option 1: University entrance (for students who have attended some post-secondary school)
Applicants must meet the Degree/diploma level English language proficiency requirement. For details on how this requirement may be met, see the English language proficiency requirement section of the calendar.
One of the following:
Completion of a minimum of nine credits in courses numbered at the 100 level and above, with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.67 (B- average) on all credits attempted;
Completion of a minimum of 30 credits in courses numbered at the 100 level and above, with a CGPA of 2.00 (C average) on all credits attempted; or
The Adult Education department will consider applications from working professionals with at least three years of significant and relevant Adult Education or related experience, even though these applicants may not possess the required GPA, course grades, or course currency necessary for entry into a degree program. The department will exercise its discretion in such cases and, where warranted, accept students on a conditional basis.
Students accepted to the program under this applicant category will be required to support their application by submitting a résumé and/or letters of reference to the program advisor, as determined by the department.
When to apply
Application dates for specific intake applications:
Additional documents required for a complete application:
Official transcripts (or interim transcripts) from all post-secondary institutions attended showing grade/course achievement as per program entrance requirements. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to UFV from the originating institution; see the Transfer Credit section for details. If post-secondary transcripts cannot be provided, evidence of compliance with the English language proficiency requirement must be provided.
Applicants will be advised of an admission decision and, if accepted, will be provided with registration information. A deposit is required prior to registration (see the Fees and Other Costs section) and will be applied toward tuition fees. Final payment of all course fees is due the end of the second week of classes.
Following notification of admission to the
program, students must contact the program advisor in order to create a program plan for their
Basis for admission decision
Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.
Students should contact the UFV Academic Advising Centre, or the Adult Education Program Advisor if they already enrolled as a BA Adult Education student, for assistance with a program plan.
The majority of courses are offered online with some face-to-face sessions located on the Abbotsford campus. Distance students participate in these face-to-face sessions via video-conferencing technologies. Some course options available within the associate certificate are only available in a face-to-face format.
The program consists of four core courses and one elective course.
These courses have no prerequisites. All are available online.
Assessing Adult Learning
Curriculum Design for Adults
Foundations of e-Learning
Program Planning & Evaluation
Adult Education in Canada: Indigenous Peoples
Digital Design Media I (see Note 1)
Digital Design Media II (see Note 1)
Foundations of Second Language Education (formerly TESL 300)
Facilitating Adult Learning
Training and Development (see Note 1)
Web Publishing (see Note 1)
CMNS 376/ MACS 376
Understanding Design for Digital Publications (see Note 1)
Designing User-friendly Guides, Manuals, and Instructions (see Note 1)
Facilitation Skills for the Workplace (see Notes 1 and 2)
Storytelling for Professional Applications (see Note 1)
Interactive Design I: Foundations in Web Design (see Note 1)
Interactive Design II: Web Development for Designers (see Note 1)
Graphic and Digital Design (see Note 1)
Applied Photography and Video (see Note 1)
Dynamic Media II: Storytelling (see Note 1)
Graphic and Digital Design II (see Note 1)
Design Thinking for Creative Leadership
Teaching a Second Language (formerly TESL 310)
Note 1: These courses are not available online.
Note 2: Students cannot take both CMNS 445 and ADED 435.
Students must complete at least four of the five courses required in the certificate at UFV. Only one of the five courses is eligible for transfer credit or PLAR.