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.
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
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.