Graduate Certificate in Adult Learning and Education (GCALE)


Adult learning and education continues well beyond the completion of formal secondary and post-secondary education. It is a lifelong and life-wide phenomenon found in many workplaces and in many community contexts.

The Graduate Certificate Program is designed to meet the continuing professional development needs of those involved in the broad field of adult learning and education. Are you responsible for providing adult learning opportunities in your workplace, union, professional organization, community, advocacy group, non-profit society or business? Are involved with designing learning programs for adults, exploring what their interests and needs are, creating a program that enables adults to develop their knowledge and learn new skills, and assessing the outcomes and effectiveness of such learning? Then this program is for you.

What makes the program unique?

The Certificate program provides participants with enhanced knowledge and skills of the principles, practices, histories, and philosophies of adult learning and education.

You can request to transfer the 12 ALE Certificate credits into our regular ALE Master's Program, for both M.Ed. and M.A. degrees.

Program Structure

Students must complete 12 credits including the three MEd core courses listed below and one elective.

  • EDST 503 (3) Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Adult Learning and Education
  • EDST 514 (3) Adult Education Program Planning Theory
  • EDST 518 (3) Theory and Research on Adult Learning
  • Approved 3 credit elective

Program Enquiries

If you have reviewed the information on this program page and understand the requirements for this program, you may send an enquiry


Prior Degree Requirements

It is not a requirement that an applicant's undergraduate degree be in education. However some experience (1–2 years), be it paid or voluntary, with designing, organizing, administering programs for adult learners is required.

Tuition and Fees

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$48.50$48.50
Tuition *
Tuition per credit$511.13$733.86
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$1,116.60 (approx.)
Costs of livingEstimate your costs of living with our interactive tool in order to start developing a financial plan for your graduate studies.
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Further Information

The Adult Learning and Education (ALE) program has historical roots in traditions of social welfare, community development and extension education. ALE is concerned with the development of scholars and practitioners who will shape society in ways that promote lifelong learning for all.

Faculty Overview


Program Enquiries
If you have reviewed the information on this program page and understand the requirements for this program, you may send an enquiry

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