What will I learn?

Develop your skills as an adult educator through UFV’s Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education — a mid-career professional development program.

Tailor your studies to fit your busy schedule. All courses are online with the exception of a few classroom sessions, with video conference access if you are a distance student. The Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education program is completely flexible and allows you to:

  • Study part-time or full time
  • Choose online courses on a rotating schedule
  • Take evening and Saturday classes
  • Earn credit for prior learning, including from non-traditional settings

Start your studies by reviewing the foundations of adult education and e-learning. Round up your first 60 credits through a combination of UFV course work, transfer credit, and Prior Learning Assessment.

To earn your upper-level credits, you explore instructional design, adult education theory, and elective topics that fit your interests. All courses pair practical and theoretical coursework with real-life workplace experiences.

Near the end of your Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education degree, solidify your knowledge through three capstone courses where you explore your passions, synthesize your learning, and apply reflective techniques.

Career Expectations

As an adult educator, you may provide staff training and development in private businesses, government services, and non-profit organizations.

With a UFV Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education, you can find employment in a range of fields, including:

  • Adult basic education
  • Literacy
  • Teaching English as a second language
  • Employment and vocational counseling
  • Life skills coaching
  • Post-secondary education
  • International education
  • Community service
  • Performance technology
  • Trades training

You may also pursue opportunities to organize and teach in union, labour, and employee education programs.

Most students in the program are working in the adult learning community. They enroll to learn more about this rapidly evolving field, gain formal credentials, and/or prepare for career advancement.


  • All courses are delivered online in a blended model that includes some face-to-face sessions. Distance students participate in these sessions using video conference tools.
  • Receive credit for prior learning through transfer credits, program-based PLAR, or challenging a course
  • Program eligible for financial aid.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Professional Studies

Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$7,716.00 (4,56,298) per year
Ancillary fee/Credit - CAN $15.39

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

2 May 2022


University of the Fraser Valley

Abbotsford Campus,

33844 King Road,


British Columbia (BC),

V2S 7M8, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants must have completed the equivalent of Canadian Grade 12 (Form Six or five O-levels plus at least two A-levels) and specific program entrance requirements for admission into any career, technical, or academic program.

There are 2 options to be accepted into the Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education program.

Option 1:
Applicants who have attended some post-secondary school. This includes students who have completed the WE program.

Option 2:
Applicants who have no post-secondary experience, but have three or more years working in Adult Education or related experience.

English Language Requirement:

  • IELTS (Academic) - score of 6.5 or higher with a minimum band score of 6.0
  • TOEFL - score of 88 or higher (iBT) with no section below 20
  • CAEL - score of 70
  • PTE - score of 61 with 60 in writing
  • MELAB - score of 85


Deadline: Fall (September) – April 15; Winter (January) – September 15; Summer(May) – January 15

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by this university

University of the Fraser Valley offers below pathways courses for this subject

About University of the Fraser Valley

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) offers over 100 study programs in over 30 subject areas, ranging from accounting to graphic design.

  • UFV is nationally recognized for its outstanding reputation
  • Provides over 75 study abroad destinations
  • Main campus has free shuttle bus services for students
  • UFV students get the opportunity to work with major employers