Diploma in Adult Education (Online)

DipAdEd 40th Anniversary

Ten Reasons to Choose StFX

(1) The Original
The Diploma in Adult Education has guided more than 7,000 training professionals over 30-plus years. In fact, our Diploma was the first of its kind to be recognized as an International / National Program of Excellence.*

Our facilitators have delivered this program coast-to-coast-to-coast in Canada ~ over 6,000,000 km, criss-crossing the country more than a thousand times.


(2) Module Features - Quality & Excellence remain the same, only change is delivery!
Live online workshop: Each module will be delivered in a "live" online format of 4 hours a week for three weeks on the same day each week.


Practical Application Component: Each module may provide several opportunities to practice applying what you have learned and to receive coaching and feedback from your peer learners and facilitators. You will work in groups during the week between virtual sessions.

Designated Facilitator Support: Facilitators will be available one hour before and after each session plus one designated "office" hour between sessions to answer specific questions, discuss ideas, or explore goals you would like to achieve.

Authentic Evaluation: Diploma in Adult Education assignments mirror the skills and practices that facilitators use in the design and delivery of quality experiential learning. As you complete course assignments you reinforce learning and strengthen your adult learning facilitation skills.

(3) Designed for Working Professionals
Our Certificate program (modules 1-5) can be completed part-time in approximately five months. Our Diploma program (modules 1-5 plus module 6) can be completed part-time in approximately one year.

(4) Excellence
We are known for providing effective, practical skills to new and veteran training professionals. Our learners can apply rigourous training standards immediately after finishing each module.

(5) The Standard
Learners complete the same modules, so they are able to speak the same language and to work together as a team following uniform training methodologies.


(6) Employer Recognized
Some 5,000-plus employers send their staff to our Diploma program or hire our graduates. SaskPower has sent more than 100 staff. Valeant Pharmaceuticals has a StFX wall of fame. Global Afairs Canada has sent its Centre for Intercultural Learning staff since the early 1990s.

(7) Experienced Facilitators
Our facilitators are industry professionals. They are successful practitioners with decades of real-world training experience to share.  

(8) Interactive
Our facilitators model the experiential training process that you will use to engage your own learners. 

(9) University Credit
The Certificate (Modules 1 through 5) carries 6 StFX academic undergraduate credits. The Diploma (Modules 1 through 6) carries 12 StFX academic undergraduate credits. (Compare to those public and private institutions that offer professional development in adult education with no university credit value.)


(10) Recognized by the Institute for Performance and Learning
IPL, the national training professional association, awards 1 year of work experience credit for the Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP) designation to StFX Diploma graduates.


The original. The best.

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* 1996 International / National Program Award from CAUCE (Canadian Association for University Continuing Education)