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Continuing Teacher Education

Faculty of Education

Adult Education

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All of our courses are fully online.

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Course Schedule
Session Dates Deadline Status
Fall 2021 Sep 27, 2021 - Dec 03, 2021 Sep 10, 2021 Open
Winter 2022 Jan 24, 2022 - Apr 08, 2022 Jan 14, 2022 Open
*Registration will remain open until 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the posted registration deadline date.
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Course Description

  • CONT860
  • CAN 685.00
  • 125 hours
  • EN
  • Online

In this course, candidates will explore adult learning theory and best practices. By the end of the course, candidates will understand the unique needs of adult learners. Adults need to see that what they’re learning is relevant. They also want it to meet their needs for independence and personal connection. Candidates will also recognize that adult learning is not without challenges. Culture, experience, and relationships all shape students’ perspectives and motivation.

This course will help adult educators to design positive learning environments. It will explore strategies and resources to engage and empower learners. Candidates will apply theory and policy guidelines to plan, deliver, and assess learning. Reflection and self-directed learning will enhance their professional knowledge and skills.

Course Learning Expectations

In this course you will have the opportunity to:

• use adult learning theory to help understand adult learners and improve your teaching practice
• apply principles of universal design, differentiated instruction, and the tiered approach to design lessons that accommodate the strengths, needs, and interests of all learners
• recognize factors that affect adult learning relationships and student engagement to build positive learning environments
• explore instructional strategies, assessment tools, and resources to meet the needs of the adult learner
• identify effective strategies for promoting communication and collaboration that support students’ learning, resiliency, and well-being
• create a digital teaching and learning Portfolio to assess and document your professional growth

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Application Requirements

We will use the OCT number you provide during online registration to confirm that you are an OCT member.

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Course Materials


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Applicants who require accommodations for a specific learning need (e.g., learning disability) within their AQ/ABQ course, should click here for further information and support.

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