What is the Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education degree?

This degree is a unique mid-career professional development program for people who are instructing, administering, developing programs, or providing educational support for adult learners.

The program is equivalent to a four-year degree; you have the option of full-time or part-time study. Most of our students enroll on a part-time basis, taking one or two courses per semester.

Students have the opportunity to link both practical and theoretical coursework to the challenges they meet in their work setting while enhancing their knowledge, skills, and appreciation of the field of adult education.

Who studies in the Adult Education program?

Adult educators come from diverse backgrounds. They may be experienced instructors or educational consultants in vocational or industrial programs. Some work in health or recreation where they provide community-based education or adult recreation programs Adult educators work in areas of literacy, teaching English as a second language, employment counseling, life skills coaching, and post-secondary education. Adult educators are active in international education, community service, and performance technology and share a common interest in working with adult learners.

Our students work in the field and enroll to learn about this rapidly evolving field, gain formal credentials, or prepare for career advancement.

Why study Adult Education at UFV?

UFV delivers western Canada's only undergraduate program in adult education. This degree is one of UFV’s most flexible programs. Although it is designed as a four-year degree, the actual time to complete the degree depends on you. You can tailor your studies to fit your busy schedule — study part-time or full-time. 

Here are highlights of the program:

  • online courses delivered in a hybrid model with some face-to-face sessions
  • face-to-face sessions delivered around work schedules
  • distance students participate in face-to-face sessions via video conferencing 
  • experienced, knowledgeable, and passionate instructors
  • opportunities for students to link theory with their field practice
  • recognizes prior learning, including those from non-traditional settings
  • sets the foundation for further professional or graduate studies

What are the entrance requirements?

Details of the entrance requirements can be found here

Applicants must satisfy the English language proficiency requirement. Applicants must provide official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions they have attended.

Applicants who have not completed any 100 level or higher English or Communication post-secondary course must send their high school transcripts as evidence of meeting the prerequisites for the English or Communications course requirements. 

English or Communication prerequisites are a minimum grade of C+ or over English 12 plus two Approved Grade 12 courses; or the prerequisites for ENGL 105, and a minimum of C+ over three Approved Grade 12 courses.

Applicants meeting the entrance requirements may be accepted for admission under either Option 1 or Option 2.

Letter of references and resumes are only required for Option 2- applicants who do not have post-secondary transcripts.

Students who do not meet these requirements might consider the Qualifying Studies pathway.

Can I receive credit for prior learning?

Yes. There are three methods to recognize your prior learning to meet a portion of the requirements of the degree program.

1.      Transfer Credits

We work to facilitate the “laddering” of previously earned credentials. Students who have completed formal studies at a recognized public post-secondary institution can transfer up to 90 credits. So, for example, if you already have an Associate degree, a diploma in Social Services, a nursing designation, some college and university courses, or other academic credentials, you will likely be granted credit toward the degree.

Transfer credits are assessed on the basis of official transcripts, which you should submit to the UFV Office of Registrar. For information about many other credentials that receive transfer credit, it’s best to consult the program advisor

Examples of other programs recognized for transfer credit:

2.     Program-based Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

We respect the learning students bring to our institution and we assist adult learners to earn credit for what they already know and can do. Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is a process that provides you with the opportunity to receive credit for what you already know and can do.  ADED 305 is a required course to assist you with the creation of a portfolio for assessment. 

  • You have learned a skill through work or volunteer experience or knowledge gained informally out of an educational institution
  • PLAR can help you to have your skills and knowledge assessed through a portfolio method
  • You can earn up to 54 credits through PLAR

3.      Course-based challenge for PLAR

You may have prior learning or work experience you believe meet the learning outcomes of UFV courses. If so, consider a course-based challenge. 

A challenge can come in many different forms. Generally, a course-based challenge will be set up as a number of different assessments or tests, to determine if the student has the knowledge required to meet the learning objectives of the course.

More PLAR information can be found here.

What are the program graduation requirements?

The BA in Adult Education requires completion of 120 credits with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (C average). 30 courses must be completed at the University of the Fraser Valley. This is the residency policy. 

Here is the Program Plan

Tuition fees can be found here. You should budget $100– $150 per course for resource materials such as textbooks, although this amount can be much higher for courses in the sciences and other areas.

It’s worth a visit to UFV’s Financial Aid and Awards office, which facilitates the yearly disbursement of about $12 million in federal and provincial student loans, grants, bursaries, scholarships, and awards to UFV students.  

I’d like to learn more who do I speak to?

We highly recommend that you talk with the Adult Education program advisor to determine if this program fits you. Contact the program advisor at 604-864-4621 or email AdultEd@ufv.ca. You’ll find more detailed information about this degree program on the Adult Education website at www.ufv.ca/aded

I’m interested. What should I do next?

Apply online. There is a $45.00 application fee.

Send official transcripts (unopened directly to UFV's Office of the Registrar from every post-secondary institution you’ve attended and proof of any previously earned trades qualifications, certificates or diplomas. These official transcripts do not need to be included with your initial application.

What kind of assistance is there to help me adjust?

Student Services are able to provide a broad range of services designed to help you learn about and adjust to the university environment.

How do online courses work?

Online courses in Adult Education have a minimum of four face-to-face class times. Local students can attend the classes at the Abbotsford campus. Distance students can attend the class via video conferencing.  

Learn how to use Blackboard Collaborate and the technical requirements here


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