Do you want your interaction with your students and clients to be a meaningful one? Do you want your advising or recruiting to be delivered in a positive learning community and be understood by diverse audiences in an engaging way? Do you want a transformational experience that will change both the way you learn and how others learn? If so, we have four relevant and interactive professional development opportunities available right now. Whether you are upgrading qualifications or developing new skills, the Certificate in Adult Learning will help you bring your career to the next level by exploring the history, theory, and numerous practical and technological applications of adult learning and its related career paths.
All students must choose one of four specializations: Adult and Community Education, Career and Academic Advising, e-Learning, and Workplace Learning. You will choose optional courses to complete the 300-hour requirement. Courses can be taken in any order unless otherwise noted.
Specialization in Career and Academic Advising
As a career development professional or academic advisor, providing information, advice and guidance to help individuals navigate transitions in education, work and life-balance is vibrant and rewarding work. The specialization in Career and Academic Advising is intended for individuals working in career development with career, employment, or immigration agencies, as well as advisors in academic secondary or post-secondary institutions. In this program, students gain the foundations, communication and assessment skills needed to facilitate, motivate and work successfully with a diverse population.
This specialization can also be completed as a short certificate, designed to meet the needs of individuals who already have a solid foundation in adult learning and are looking to expand their expertise.
Online learning is a learning option that caters to busy schedules by taking the learning experience out of the traditional classroom. It is learning that relies on the Internet for access to learning materials as well as interaction with instructors and fellow learners.
In this online program, you will work within scheduled start- and end-dates, and assignment timelines. In most cases, the times you choose to work will be entirely up to you. It is strongly recommended that you log into the University's online learning software three to four times per week to keep pace with the class. Readings, assignments and contributions will be required on a weekly basis. Graded assignments, participation marks, and sometimes exams, are also given for a final letter grade mark. You should plan on studying and working approximately six hours per week per course.
Before taking your first online course, you are required to take BMC 352 Learning Online. If you have already completed fully online courses in the past, you may apply for a prerequisite waiver for BMC 352 Learning Online. To apply, complete the online application form.
All Continuing Education certificate programs have been developed with part-time learners in mind. Online programming allows you to complete this program at a pace that can fit your needs and schedule.
The Adult Learning Certificate is a 300-hour program. Students are required to take:
- 120 hours of core courses
- 120 hours of specialization courses
- 60 hours of optional courses
If you take one or two courses per session, you can complete this certificate program in two to three years. By taking multiple courses each session, you can fast-track the program and complete it in approximately one year.
Intake for this program is year round and courses can be taken in any order unless noted otherwise in the course prerequisites information.
Students new to the field of adult learning are recommended to take ADL 106 Adults as Learners as their first course in the program.
You can take courses first and enrol in the certificate later; however, as programs are subject to change, we recommend you apply for admission to the certificate program as early as possible. Once you are admitted, you can be confident that you have locked in the requirements leading to your graduation.
You must be a minimum of 18 years of age to be admitted to the program. Successful completion of a Grade 12 diploma and relevant work experience are recommended. If English is not your first language, please review the English language proficiency requirements.
A degree or diploma is not required to enrol in this program.Apply for Certificate Admission
Prior learning from other post-secondary institutions
Advanced Standing* may be granted for equivalent, graded courses completed at other post-secondary institutions. Credit may be granted for up to a maximum of 100 hours towards this certificate.
To apply for advanced standing:
- Submit an Application for Advanced Standing, specifying the course for which you are requesting exemption, and the equivalent course credits you have obtained.
- Include a non-refundable administration fee of $100 for the course credit you request (payable online by credit card).
- Include a course outline and description of the equivalent course that you are submitting for advanced standing.
- Include a proof of attendance and final grade of the equivalent course from the educational institution you attended.
Transferring credit from other Continuing Education certificates
If you have completed requirements for another University of Calgary Continuing Education certificate, you may be able to transfer* some credits between programs. For details, please review the Transferability section in the certificate programs that you have completed. To transfer credits, please contact a student advisor.
*Note: The combined total of Transferability and Advanced Standing credits cannot exceed 150 hours for this certificate.
- If a student is able to satisfy the admission requirements to a U of C faculty, this certificate program can be applied to a Minor in Workplace Learning for the equivalent of approximately one year towards an undergraduate degree.
- Once you have completed a full Certificate in Adult Learning, you may be eligible to complete a second program specialization by transferring up to 150 hours from your completed certificate to your new certificate.
Receive a discount of 5% per course by registering at the same time for three or more courses. Register online or by calling 403-220-2952 or 1-866-220-4992. Some restrictions may apply (i.e., all courses must take place within the current academic year).
Note: BMC 352 Learning Online is not eligible for the discount.
The The Institute for Performance and Learning (IPL) (formerly Canadian Society for Training and Development (CSTD)), Canada's leading association of workplace learning professionals, sets the standards for training and development in Canada.
The Institute for Performance and Learning recognizes that the CAL program addresses the competency categories for the training and development industry outlined in IPL's Training Competency Architecture (TCA). Students enrolled in this program are eligible for IPL student membership, and graduates are given a credit of one year towards the work experience requirement of the Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP) designation. For more information visit www.performanceandlearning.ca
The Certificate in Adult Learning with specialization in Career and Academic Advising is recognized by the CDAA (Career Development Association of Alberta) for CCDP (Certified Career Development Professional) designation. Please visit www.careerdevelopment.ab.ca
This certificate program is also recognized by the BCCDA (British Columbia Career Development Association) for CCDP designation. Please visit bccda.org/ccdp-certification/
Awards are given to deserving students not only for their academic achievement, but also for community involvement. Award sponsors include both corporate and private donors.
To apply, you must meet eligibility criteria and submission deadlines. Students in this program may be eligible for:
To graduate, a student must satisfy all certificate requirements including:
- Successful completion of the core, optional and elective program requirements.
- Attain a minimum of a C in all courses used to meet program requirements.
- Attain minimum instruction hours to meet program requirements.
Note: If a student attains a grade of C-, D+ or D in one course only, a program director has the discretionary authority to approve a student for graduation. It will be the student's responsibility to contact the program director to request approval. Approval is usually granted for exceptional circumstances and it is the student's responsibility to contact the program director to request approval.
It is the student's responsibility to ensure all requirements for graduation are fulfilled, and to apply to graduate. Student advisors are available to meet with students to review status and determine outstanding certificate requirements.Apply for Certificate Graduation