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


ADED 311: Module 1 - Assessing Training Needs (1 credit)
Examines a model of needs assessment. Needs assessment is the foundation of an effective training program. It enables training professionals to develop long-term and short-term plans, define opportunities and challenges, set priorities, and develop support for training initiatives.

Learners will design a comprehensive needs assessment strategy and develop data collection tools (questionnaires and assessment inventories).

ADED 312: Module 2 - Setting Learning Objectives (1 credit)
Analyzes the standards required for effective learning and explores current adult education theories. Learning objectives guide all aspects of instructional design. They also inform prospective participants and managers, provide motivation for learners, enable evaluation, and apprise facilitators of any need for training re-design.

Learners will develop detailed, measurable standards for cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning.

ADED 321: Module 3 - Evaluation Strategies (1 credit)
Explores the critical process of evaluation. A sound evaluation strategy enables professionals to design better training. It answers the questions: Did the training program achieve its overall goals? Were the new skills used in the real world? What did they learn? Were they satisfied with the training?

Learners will create a training evaluation strategy and related tools to measure impact, transfer, learning, and reaction.

ADED 322: Module 4 - Designing Learning Activities (2 credits)
Investigates adult learning principles, the unique characteristics of how adults learn, and the effects on course design. The adult experiential model structures the learning process to address these issues. The learning cycle ~ experience, reflection, generalization, application ~ is the core of this experiential model.

Learners will design road-maps and then produce a learning plan that incorporates appropriate learning strategies and methods.

ADED 331: Module 5 - Facilitating Learning (1 credit)
Examines the role of the facilitator in a learning environment. Facilitating learning is different than making a presentation. The professional facilitator employs platform skills, as well as group-process techniques and discussion-leading skills (questioning, responding, and fielding methods).

Learners will plan and deliver a learning session (learning objective, road-map, learning plan) to peer learners, who then will provide feedback on both design and delivery.

ADED 332: Module 6 - Practicum (6 credits)
Provides the opportunity to apply in the real-world what was learned in Modules 1 through 5.

Learners will implement a self-directed training project that incorporates needs assessment, learning objectives, evaluation, learning design, and the facilitation of learning. In addition, learners will compile a report that analyzes the project’s specific requirements and opportunities for improvement.


Modules 1 – 5 Assignments 

Learners are required to complete one assignment in each of the modules (1 – 5). Assignments are due by the end of each module. All assignments are marked out of 20 with a passing mark of 12. 

Learners are required to submit assignments before attending the next module.