Program Phases

The following phases or courses sequence make up the 36 credit hours of the part time M.Ad.Ed. program. The program is designed to be completed in 3 years.

Official descriptions can be found in the academic calendar. While every effort is carried out to ensure these descriptions reflect the descriptions in the academic calendar, in the case of a descrepency, the academic calendar description are authoriatative. 

ADED 505 Introduction to Field Research and Practice (The Foundations Institute). This is an intensive three-week residential institute during which students become familiar with the foundations of, and requirements for, the master’s program. This institute will require intensive reading and writing in a broad range of foundational literature in adult education and learning, as well as the development of a detailed learning plan for completion of the program. Credit will be granted for only one of ADED 505 or ADED 500. Six credits.

ADED 510 Professional Portfolio and Literature Review. Development and submission of a professional portfolio consisting of learning experiences, accomplishments, and demonstrated professional competencies, supported by documentation. Second, development and submission of a critical review of the literature in the field with an emphasis on the area and aspect of study as seen in the learning plan. Six credits.

ADED 520 Practical Research Project. Developing a practical research project to achieve learning intents. This project is typically completed in the student’s place of practice and typically requires approval of the StFX Research Ethics Board. At the end of this phase, the student submits a project report that includes a detailed description of the learning intents, program design, means of implementation, and evaluation of the project. Twelve credits.

ADED 530 Learning Program Evaluation. This phase includes a report on the student’s personal and professional learning with reference to the learning plan developed in ADED 505. This reflective report evaluates knowledge gained and changes in practice, and is accompanied by a narrative. Six credits.

There are two routes to graduation:

ADED 600 Thesis. The thesis is a scholarly contribution to the field of adult education. Upon completion of the preceding phases of the program, students draft an outline and write a thesis in consultation with their faculty advisor. The thesis provides an opportunity for students to analyze and reflect on their professional project, in light of the relevant adult education literature. The completed thesis is submitted to an external examiner and to the committee on graduate studies for approval. Credit will be granted for only one of ADED 600 or ADED 601. Six credits.


ADED 601 Synthesizing Examination. The synthesizing examination is the alternative route to complete the M.Ad.Ed. It follows satisfactory completion of the preceding phases of the program. The synthesizing examination is intended to provide an opportunity for students to reflect on their professional project and bring the relevant literature and student’s research project together with the particular reference to practice. The synthesizing examination will be attended by two faculty members of the adult education department. Credit will be granted for only one of ADED 601 or ADED 600. Six credits.


Example ADED530 Learning Program Evaluation: 

Andrew Lodge (M.Ad.Ed. 2015) created the video "Reflections on my StFX Maters of Adult Education"