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UNB Fredericton

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BEd in Adult Education

We reach learners where they live

Our Bachelor of Education in Adult Education program can be completed on campus in Fredericton, New Brunswick, or through distance education anywhere in Canada.

The BEd in Adult Education is designed for mature learners who have at least one year (or equivalent) of experience working with adults in educational, training, counselling or similar roles.

This experience and background enables learners to participate fully in experiential analyses, self-reflection and critical thinking about the field.

Two pathways to a bachelor’s degree

  • As a first degree: 120 credits of adult education, arts and/or science work
  • As a second degree: 60 credits of adult education and electives

Students may apply for prior learning credits.

Adult education certificate

Our Certificate of Adult Education is a 36 credit-hour program designed to provide participants with a stand-alone certificate or the first step towards a BEd in Adult Education.

Program delivery and design

Improve your practical skills in working with diverse groups of adult learners.

Learners will examine research and proven principles related to:

  • adult learning and development
  • the nature of adult learners
  • the historical and philosophical background of adult education
  • the development, implementation, facilitation and evaluation of programs, services and resources for adult learners

We reach learners where they live through online and conferencing technologies.

Our philosophy of learning

We commit to work collaboratively with practitioners and colleagues to critically challenge established ideas and practices, promote equitable access to lifelong learning and develop new and improved programs and policies.

We strive to guide the design and delivery of educational and learning activities for adults of all ages and in all contexts.

Responding to today's educational challenges

We provide an integrated program of credit courses, academic research, applied projects, practicum and continuing professional development workshops.

Our extensive network of colleagues in Canada and around the world enhances our activities and keeps us open to new ideas.

Program design

Faculty members commit to concepts and principles based on both guided and autonomous learning, alone and in collaborative groups.

Students are expected to assume responsibility for their own learning and to actively participate in the construction of adult learning environments.

Our students are expected to gain, with help, adequate skills in using electronic library services since increasing quantities of reputable scholarly material is now held in licensed databases.

UNB Libraries hold many workshops and provide individual consultations to help learners upgrade their information literacy skills.


See our undergraduate resources for the adult education handbook and planning sheets for each of the three programs offered.

More information and how to apply