Welcome to the Department of Adult Education


Applications are now being accepted for two programs - check them out!

Master of Adult Education starting September 2023. Deadline to apply is July 15, 2023

Master of Adult Education- Adult Education and Health starting January 2024. Deadline to apply is September 1, 2023. * Subject to Institutional Approval


Congratulations to Niran Foster recipient of the 2022 John Dobson Award, and Angela Johnson and Shauna Scott co-recipients of the 2022 Marie Gillen Award. Find out about Niran, Angela and Shauna here. 


About US

In times of rapid change, professional, workplace, and community-based learning is the key to successful adaptation, growth, and resilience. Designed for busy professionals who need to think critically, we are Canada's oldest distance and part-time Master of Adult Education program. 

Our History

The Department of Adult Education was established in 1970. Historically, the Department emerged out of a long standing focus on adult education and community development at StFX that grew out of the StFX Extension Department and The Antigonish Movement, a program of community self-reliance and development through adult education. Today this work of development for the people, by the people continues through Coady Institute in Nova Scotia, Canada, and around the world. 

St. Francis Xavier University is in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People.

This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet)

Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1725.