ALE Undergraduate Certificate Program

About the Adult Learning and Education Undergraduate Certificate Program

The Undergraduate Certificate in Adult Learning and Education (UGCALE) is designed to introduce the broad field of adult learning and education to those who anticipate being involved with or who may already be designing, planning, implementing, teaching and evaluating educational and training programs for adults as part of their lifelong learning and professional practice. The certificate will appeal to people who facilitate adult learning or practice adult education in a broad array of formal, non-formal and informal settings. In particular, they will appeal to community workers, trainers in business and industry, people working in health-related fields (nutritionists, nurses, kinesiologists, dental hygienists), sports (personal trainers, coaches), teachers of English Language Learners, those involved with development work overseas, community college employees, school teachers contemplating a career in adult education or anyone thinking of entering a university graduate program in adult learning and education.Do you want to get a certificate that documents your studies in Adult Learning and Education and that is recognized by employers, but do not have the time or resources to complete the Diploma?

The UGCALE is ideal for:

  1. Students who want to pursue undergraduate studies in Adult Learning and Education at the certificate level
  2. Students who are completing their degrees at UBC in other faculties and disciplines who want to add a focus to their studies *
  3. Students who already have a bachelor’s degree in an area other than Adult Learning and Education who are taking on adult learning-related responsibilities in their current work and desire additional education related to their duties
  4. Students who want to take Adult Learning and Education courses prior to applying for an M.Ed. or M.A.

*Eligible degree programs are B.A.Sc. (Faculty of Applied Science) and B.Sc. (Faculty of Science). Students should consult with their home Faculty and/or Department prior to completing the certificate requirements to confirm their eligibility for the certificate program and the impact of completing the certificate on their progression towards their degree program. At this time, students enrolled in UBC degree programs other than those named above are not eligible to complete the Undergraduate Certificate in Adult Learning and Education, but may complete the required courses as electives if permitted by their degree program.

It is possible to continue into the Adult Learning and Education Diploma Program and transfer your Certificate courses. The only exception is students who are completing the Certificate while completing their degrees at UBC in other faculties and disciplines, in which case it is not possible to transfer Certificate courses to the Diploma.

Students will complete 15 credits of coursework, including four core courses and one elective. Please see the information in Requirements below.

All core courses are offered on-line three times per year in Winter Term 1, Winter Term 2 and Summer Term 1. One of the electives – ADHE 328 – is also offered in each of these terms. Please note the other elective – EDST 493 – is usually offered once or twice per year. Please check the Student Service Centre Course Schedule for offerings of this course.

Admissions to the Undergraduate Certificate in Adult Learning and Education take place on a continuous basis.

  1. Students already enrolled in a UBC undergraduate degree program can simply register in courses through the Student Service Centre (SSC).
  2. For students who are not already enrolled in a UBC undergraduate degree program, criteria for admission to the certificate program will be the same as those required for admission to undergraduate programs at UBC, as outlined by the Undergraduate Programs and Admissions, and the requirements for admission to the diploma program in Adult Education and Learning as stipulated by Professional Development and Community Engagement (PDCE) in the Faculty of Education. See: Admissions Information at Professional Development & Community Engagement
    At this site you will find both Admissions and Application information.

Core Courses – 12 credits

ADHE 327 (3) Teaching Adults
Planning, conducting and evaluating instruction for adults. Consideration is given to different beliefs and ways of thinking about teaching.
ADHE 329 (3) Developing Short Courses, Workshops and Seminars
Organization and administration of adult education events such as short courses, seminars, workshops, conferences and institutes.
ADHE 330 (3) The Community Practice of Adult Education
Community-based adult education with particular emphasis on the application of knowledge of the social, economic, cultural and political environment in developing and conducting adult education programs with and for individuals and groups.
ADHE 412 (3) An Overview of Adult Education
Survey of adult education theory and practice in Canada and the world. The focus is on the purpose of and participation in adult education, characteristics of learners, and the training of adult educators.

Elective Course – 3 credits

One of:
ADHE 328 (3) Institutions of Adult Education
The major contexts of adult education as it relates to a wide range of social institutions including the economy, workplace, the government, community, and the media.
EDST 493 (3) Introduction to the Study of Higher Education
This online course is intended to provide an introduction to the study of higher education. The field of higher education focuses on the study of all facets of institutions of higher learning. That is, it is the study of the institutions of higher education and everything that happens within them and in relation to the larger society.

For more information about the courses go to: http://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/courses/online-courses/

For more information about the certificate, please contact Dr. Lorrie Miller, Program Coordinator, Faculty of Education Undergraduate Diplomas and Certificates (lorrie.miller@ubc.ca)

  1. For students enrolled in the Undergraduate Certificate and not concurrently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program:
    Upon completion of all required courses, students must apply to receive their certificate from the Professional Development and Community Engagement (PDCE) unit in the Faculty of Education. Following confirmation of students’ successful completion of all required courses, students will receive a certificate from PDCE. Please contact pro-d.educ@ubc.ca
  2.  For students pursuing the certificate while enrolled in an eligible undergraduate degree at UBC (B.A.Sc. and B.Sc.):Upon completion of all required courses, students must apply to receive their certificate from the Professional Development and Community Engagement (PDCE) unit in the Faculty of Education. Following confirmation of students’ successful completion of all required courses, students will receive a certificate from PDCE. Please contact pro-d.educ@ubc.ca


Contact 

Dr. Lorrie Miller, Program Coordinator, Faculty of Education Undergraduate Diplomas and Certificates

lorrie.miller@ubc.ca

For more information about the ALE program, click here.