Do you want your interaction with your students and clients to be a meaningful one? Do you want your teaching and facilitating 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 Adult and Community Education
For adult or community educators, the Adult and Community Education specialization is designed to meet the growing need in program facilitation, leadership, coordination and instructional design. Learn to respond creatively to adult learning needs in your work or community.
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.
Wondering how to get started?
Take a look at these frequently asked questions.
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
- 110 hours of specialization courses
- 70 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 up to a maximum of 100 hours towards this certificate.
To apply for advanced standing, click here.
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.
The combined total of Transferability and Advanced Standing credits cannot exceed 150 hours for this certificate.
On completion of one certificate, you may wish to pursue studies in another.
On completion of this certificate, up to 150 hours of equivalent courses may be transferred towards certificates in Adult Learning specializing in Career and Academic Advising, e-Learning, or Workplace Learning. The number of hours will vary based on certificate requirements and courses.
If you wish to pursue another certificate program please complete the Application for Admission for your next certificate, and email email@example.com requesting transfer of the equivalent course credits, or contact a student advisor for assistance at 403-220-2866. You must request the transfer of the equivalent courses credits to apply to your next certificate — this will not happen without your request.
If a student is able to satisfy admission requirements to the UCalgary Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science, or Faculty of Kinesiology, this program plus 100 hours of additional specified courses can be applied to a Minor in Workplace Learning for the equivalent of one year towards an undergraduate degree.
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
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:
It is the student's responsibility to ensure all requirements for graduation are fulfilled, and to apply to graduate.
View our Graduation page for details.
Questions can be directed to advisors in person, by phone or email.
Continuing Education Student and Registration Services
Phone: 403-220-2952 or 1-866-220-4992