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Adult Education

Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education


Bachelor's degree

4 years

How to apply

Start date:
January, May, September 

Abbotsford campus, Online



  • All courses are delivered online in a blended model that includes some face-to-face sessions. Distance students participate in these sessions using video conference tools.
  • Receive credit for prior learning through transfer credits, program-based PLAR, or challenging a course
  • Program eligible for financial aid


Develop your skills as an adult educator through UFV’s Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education — a mid-career professional development program.

Tailor your studies to fit your busy schedule. All courses are online with the exception of a few classroom sessions, with video conference access if you are a distance student. The Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education program is completely flexible and allows you to:

  • Study part-time or full time
  • Choose online courses on a rotating schedule
  • Take evening and Saturday classes
  • Earn credit for prior learning, including from non-traditional settings

Start your studies by reviewing the foundations of adult education and e-learning. Round up your first 60 credits through a combination of UFV coursework, transfer credit, and Prior Learning Assessment.

To earn your upper-level credits, you explore instructional design, adult education theory, and elective topics that fit your interests. All courses pair practical and theoretical coursework with real-life workplace experiences.

Near the end of your Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education degree, solidify your knowledge through three capstone courses where you explore your passions, synthesize your learning, and apply reflective techniques.

View program outline in the UFV Academic Calendar

Additional opportunities

There is the potential to earn a Workplace Education (WE) associate certificate or an Integrated Learning Design associate certificate during your degree, speak with your academic advisor for more details.


As an adult educator, you may provide staff training and development in private businesses, government services, and non-profit organizations.

With a UFV Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education, you can find employment in a range of fields, including:

  • Adult basic education
  • Literacy
  • Teaching English as a second language
  • Employment and vocational counseling
  • Life skills coaching
  • Post-secondary education
  • International education
  • Community service
  • Performance technology
  • Trades training

You may also pursue opportunities to organize and teach in union, labour, and employee education programs.

Most students in the program are working in the adult learning community. They enroll to learn more about this rapidly evolving field, gain formal credentials, and/or prepare for career advancement. 


There are 2 options to be accepted into the Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education program.

  • Option 1: 
    Applicants who have attended some post-secondary school. This includes students who have completed the WE program.
  • Option 2: 
    Applicants who have no post-secondary experience, but have three or more years working in Adult Education or related experience. Contact the Adult Education Advisor for more information.

View full Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education entrance requirements.


This program is open to international students


Students who do not meet entrance requirements might consider the Qualifying Studies pathway. Students can also upgrade in order to meet prerequisites for university classes. 



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While many are still adapting to online learning, Adult Education at UFV has been leading the way! I’ve taken online courses from other institutions, and UFV’s dedication to technologies made for my best overall online learning experience. The most important thing about my experience at UFV is the feeling that I mattered to the school and my instructors. I wasn’t just a faceless student, even in an online environment. 

  • – Lynn Cartan
  •    Educational Consultant, McMaster University
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