The Program

St. Francis Xavier University has proudly offered the award-winning Diploma in Adult Education for more than three decades.* We have prepared more than 7,000 individuals from business, government, and the nonprofit sector to serve as instructional designers, facilitators, evaluators, and training & development consultants.

Our professional staff are current adult educators and specialists with training experience. They offer online training to adult educators, trainers, consultants, and human resource professionals with all levels of experience.

Often employers send their staff to our Diploma program to enable their team to apply the same rigourous training standards to their work.

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In fact, IPL (Institute for Performance and Learning), Canada’s national training professional association, recognizes StFX’s adult education methodologies and awards our Diploma graduates with 1 year of work experience credit for the Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP) designation.

IPL selected StFX for the Bridge to Africa project, a result of a challenge from Stephen Lewis to create change in Africa. StFX facilitators designed the training and created the support materials for the project that IPL took to Africa as part of its train-the-trainer program for community health instructors.

Our bridge to Africa team is about to embark on
their adventure to Kenya, and they are absolutely
thrilled wth the program you developed for them.
Lynn Johnston
President, IPL

StFX’s Diploma in Adult Education is designed for working professionals. It consists of six modules that provide a solid foundation in adult education theory and practice ~ including needs assessment, adult education principles, learning objectives, evaluation, training design, learning styles, and facilitation.

Modules 1 to 5 are 3 half-day workshops and require the completion of a formal, graded assignment. Our facilitators model the experiential training methodology that graduates will use with their own learners. The Module 6 Practicum is a real-world training project and a report that are completed at-a-distance.

The Certificate (Modules 1 to 5) carries six StFX academic undergraduate credits, while the Diploma (Modules 1 to 6) carries 12 StFX academic undergraduate credits.

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