Certificate in Adult Education

The Certificate in Adult Education (CAE) program is designed to develop skills for teaching adults in an applied or technical-vocational college setting. A successful college education depends on the competence of the institution’s faculty, subject area expertise, as well as knowledge and skills related to teaching and learning. Both skill sets enhance the effectiveness of college and adult educators as well as adult technical-vocational education.

Upon successful completion of all CAE course work and a practicum (200 hours of experience teaching in adult programs and the presentation of a professional portfolio) two parchments are awarded: 1) Certificate in Adult Education from Red River College, and 2) Certificate of acknowledgement from the Minister of Advanced Education and Literacy.

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Certificate in Adult Education Program

The Certificate in Adult Education is a 10-course, plus practicum, 33 credit-hour program designed to develop skills in teaching adults in a college or vocational-technical college setting. Given that a successful college education is greatly influenced by the competence of the institution’s instructors, it is essential that subject area experts also be skilled in facilitating effective learning experiences for students. Therefore, to promote student and teacher success, both theoretical and practical aspects of teaching and learning are addressed throughout the CAE program.

This program is delivered for all Manitoba community colleges (Red River College – RRC, Assiniboine Community College – ACC and University College of the North – UCN) as well as for various organizations, by the Teacher Education Department at Red River College.

For Manitoba college faculty, the completion of 2, 3-credit courses per year in the CAE could be a condition of employment. Please consult the human resources department within your institution to clarify any contractual obligations.

Upon successful completion of all course work, and a practicum (the equivalent of 200 hours of experience teaching in adult programs and a reflection based portfolio) two certificates are granted, one by Red River College and one by the Minister of Advanced Education and Literacy.

Program of Studies

The 10-course (plus practicum) program is designed to be equivalent to 33 credit-hours of university education courses. Each 35-hour course is delivered as the equivalent of a 3-credit hour, undergraduate course. EDUC-1090 Introduction to Education is a pre-requisite to all other courses.

Program Progression Requirements

Courses must be completed in the order outlined below. Please note that there is some flexibility built into the program as not all courses are offered in every term or in a format or time that best suits your situation.

Please see the program catalogue for full course descriptions.

Group A

Take these courses in the following order:

  1. EDUC-1090: Introduction to Education (*prerequisite for all courses)
  2. EDUC-1091: Instructional Methods
  3. EDUC-2092: Advanced Instructional Methods
  4. EDUC-1077: Testing and Evaluation
  5. EDUC-1094: Course Development

Group B

Take these courses in any order after EDUC-1090 Introduction to Education:

  • EDUC-1115: Foundations of Applied Education
  • EDUC-1097: Diversity & Inclusiveness
  • EDUC-1095: Program Development
  • EDUC-1092: Course Implementation

Plus one of the following electives:

  • PSYC-1025: Educational Psychology
  • EDUC-1118: Classroom Management
  • EDUC-1117: Introduction to Technology in Education (Additional pre-requisite = EDUC-1091)
  • EDUC-1098: Independent Study (Additional Pre-requisites = 3 from Group A + 1 from Group B)

Final credit to be completed:

  • PRAC-1865 – Practicum/Portfolio Workshops (Registration Required)

Course Delivery

Each of the 35-hour courses is delivered on a part-time basis in a variety of formats.


Face-to-face instruction at a Manitoba college campus. This type of delivery is ideal for those who have easy access to the course location and for those who learn best by interacting with others. Courses in this format can occur in the evenings over an 8-week period, over 3-weekends or during one-week intensive sessions.

Video Streaming – (eTV) Synchronous participation via an internet connection

You participate in a class during regularly scheduled course times. Some learners are in class with the instructor while others are connected to the class via the internet. This type of delivery is a reasonable option for students who wish to access courses from remote locations. Students who would otherwise need to travel more than one hour to attend a class will be given priority for remote access seats. Video streamed courses are offered in 8-week sessions during most terms.

Online – Asynchronous participation via LEARN

You participate in course-related discussions, complete readings, submit assignments and communicate with your classmates and the course instructor online, within our current learning management system (LMS), LEARN. You will follow an instructional schedule (adhere to due dates, etc.) but work on activities during times that accommodate your personal schedule. You might be required to participate in online chats or discussions at specific times throughout the course. This type of delivery is a reasonable option for students who wish to access courses from remote locations.

Students who register for on-line courses should have regular, reliable access to a high-speed internet connection. On-line courses are offered in 8-week sessions during most terms.

NOTE: Not all classes are available in all formats. Not all courses are offered every term. See the program brochure for current course offerings and delivery schedules.

Refer to the CAE Schedule of Course Offerings at www.rrc.ca/CAE for all dates, times, and delivery formats offered this year.