Adult Educator

Adult Educator Seminar Series Certificate of Completion

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This seminar series is for facilitators of adult learners who want to expand their knowledge of adult learning principles and develop their teaching and training skills in a meaningful way. This dynamic and interactive program will build your strategies and techniques for practical application with adult learners. An excellent professional development program to complement your career in education or training in the workplace.

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  • Gain the skills to plan, administer and deliver education to adults in the workplace, nonprofit organizations and educational settings
  • Enhance your skills as a volunteer, educator, trainer or coach
  • Complement your HR, counselling or staff training knowledge
  • Classroom version - complete the 9 required courses, and 2 optional courses (33 Hours)
  • Online version – complete the 3 required courses (36 hours)
  • Can be completed within 1 year up to a maximum of 3 years
  • Accommodations available at The Hotel Residence at Mount Royal University. Call 403.440.6275 for reservations. More information
  • Complete the program in just 1 week! Available only in Spring and Summer semesters.

Required Textbook
Textbook required per course: visit the Cougars Campus Store and search by Term and Department (XAED).


Principles of Adult Learning
Explore principles of adult learning that can be applied to planning and facilitating effective courses. 

Subject code: XAED 10001 3 Hours. Fee: $99 + GST  
CRN 300171 classJan. 226 - 9 p.m.Wed.

Designing Learning Outcomes
Write clear and concise learning outcomes that guide instructional design and assessment. This process provides learners with measurable course expectations and targeted competencies.

Subject code: XAED 10002 3 Hours. Fee: $99 + GST  
CRN 300211 classFeb. 56 - 9 p.m.Wed.

Classroom Presentation Skills
Explore effective verbal and non-verbal communication techniques for classroom delivery. Focus on vocal approach, use of space, style of presentation and body language. 

Subject code: XAED 10003 3 Hours. Fee: $99 + GST  
CRN 300191 classMarch 46 - 9 p.m.Wed.

Learning Styles: Implications for Adult Educators
Improve your teaching effectiveness and your students’ learning potential. Using the Kolb Learning Style Inventory, identify ways to enhance your teaching strategies. 

Subject code: XAED 10004 3 Hours. Fee: $99 + GST  
CRN 301561 classJan. 296 - 9 p.m.Wed.

Effective Teaching Techniques
Expand your repertoire of teaching techniques to achieve instructional goals and meet the specialized needs of adult learners. Share your experiences in the classroom while discovering innovative ways to match learning outcomes with effective instructional techniques. 

Subject code: XAED 10005 3 Hours. Fee: $99 + GST  
CRN 300071 classFeb. 266 - 9 p.m.Wed.

Assessing Teaching and Learning
Examine a variety of techniques for ongoing assessment of student learning in relation to your instructional effectiveness. Review assessment techniques that can be designed and implemented to improve the quality of the classroom experience. 

Subject code: XAED 10006 3 Hours. Fee: $99 + GST  
CRN 30008 1 class March 11 6 - 9 p.m. Wed.

Tools to Enhance Instruction and Presentation
Review various media tools used to enhance instruction and presentations. Explore how best to match content with media tools to create the most meaningful learning experience. 

Subject code: XAED 10007 3 Hours. Fee: $99 + GST  
CRN 30011 1 class April 1 6 - 9 p.m. Wed.

Conflict Resolution in the Classroom
Diversity of experience and perspective enriches the classroom, but at times these differences can create conflict. How can we manage conflict or even anger among adult learners without discouraging different points of view? Bring your experiences and worst fears for review and practise techniques for handling conflict effectively. 

Subject code: XAED 10010 3 Hours. Fee: $99 + GST  
CRN 30028 1 class April 8 6 - 9 p.m. Wed.

Culturally Responsive Facilitation
Discover sensitive and practical strategies for working with culturally diverse adult learners to create safe and respectful learning environments. Using a motivational framework, explore values, learning strategies and structures necessary to establish inclusion, develop attitude, enhance meaning and engender competence for all adult learners. 

Subject code: XAED 10016 3 Hours. Fee: $99 + GST  
CRN 30013 1 class April 15 6 - 9 p.m. Wed.

Choose 2 of the following optional courses.


Mind Mapping
Discover how to use Mind Maps, a simple graphic thinking and presentation tool with amazing power to improve how you organize and express your ideas. Apply Mind Mapping to textbook reading, lecture notes, oral presentations, test preparation, test taking and report writing.

Subject code: XAED 10014 3 Hours. Fee: $99 + GST  Not offered this semester.

Designing a Living Course Syllabus
Design a course syllabus/outline to serve as a planning device to organize your course and to guide course work for you and your students. Use your course syllabus/outline as an interactive road map that outlines what should be taught, why, by whom to whom, and under what conditions. 

Subject Code: XAED 10024 3 Hours. Fee: $99 + GST Not offered this semester.

Generational Differences in Learning
Each generation or cohort of individuals has a set of defining events — social, political, cultural — associated with their lives. The resulting experiences influence the way they see the world, including their approaches and attitudes toward learning. Explore these generational differences and the implications they hold for teaching and learning. 

Subject code: XAED 10022 3 Hours. Fee: $99 + GST  
CRN 30412 1 class March 18 6 - 9 p.m. Wed.

Designing and Assessing Student Assignments
Take the guesswork out of designing and assessing a student’s performance. Discover how to apply a process for designing and assessing assignments that link outcomes, learning activities, assessment and feedback. As well, design and apply assessment criteria (rubrics). 

Subject Code: XAED 10025 3 Hours. Fee: $99 + GST  Not offered this semester.

Explore how storytelling can motivate student learning. The background and history of storytelling are explained. Discuss how to choose and present stories to suit your teaching purposes.

Subject code: XAED 10015 3 Hours. Fee: $99 + GST  
CRN 304451 classFeb. 126 - 9 p.m.Wed.

Online Facilitation
Explore and share various tips and tricks for facilitating online learning successfully.  Examine the use of asynchronous and synchronous communication systems in education. Discuss how to utilize these systems and develop appropriate teaching strategies for the adult learner. 
Basic computer skills required.

Subject code: XAED 10017 3 Hours. Fee: $99 + GST  
tCRN 305621 classApril 226 - 9 p.m.Wed.

Developing Fair Tests
Too often, instructors forget to link evaluation to the learning objectives initially established for the course. Look at ways to design valid tests or exams so that they fit with the types of learning outcomes you desire – cognitive, psychomotor or affective. 

Subject code: XAED 10011 3 Hours. Fee: $99 + GST  Not offered this semester.

Using Case Studies in the Classroom 
Case studies can be valuable interactive teaching tools, helping your students to develop problem-solving skills. Lean the qualities of an effective case study, recognize common mistakes in writing case studies and design a case study that bridges the gap between theory and practice. 

Subject code: XAED 10032 3 Hours. Fee: $99 + GST   Not offered this semester.

Improve Your Voice
Acquire techniques to improve the quality of your voice. Develop projection and enhance voice tone through relaxation, breathing and voice exercises.

Subject code: XAED 10009 3 Hours. Fee: $99 + GST  Not offered this semester.

Supporting Learners with Disabilities 
As an instructor, you may feel unprepared to meet the learning needs of adults with disabilities. Through small and large group discussions and reflective exercises, explore instructional strategies that support learners with various types of disabilities and enhance learning for all your participants. Investigate options and resources available. 

Subject code: XAED 10026 3 Hours. Fee: $99 + GST  Not offered this semester.

The Adult Educator Seminar Series is available in three online modules. Course materials are included online.

  • The listed online course hours indicate the estimated time for students to review the online learning units. Your actual time spent completing assignments may vary.
  • Intermediate skills in MS Word are strongly recommended In order to succeed in this program.

Required Courses - Online

Core Concepts of Adult Learning
Be introduced to the foundations of adult learning. Course includes: Principles of Adult Learning, Designing Learning Outcomes, Learning Styles, Designing a Living Course Syllabus.

Subject code: XAED 10029 12 Hours. Fee: $379 + GST
CRN 30069OnlineJan. 20 - Feb. 18

 Skills and Techniques for Adult Learning 
Acquire skills and techniques to make your classes enjoyable and effective. Course includes: Effective Teaching Techniques, Classroom Presentation Skills, Assessing Teaching and Learning, Online Facilitation.

Subject code: XAED 10030 12 Hours. Fee: $379 + GST  
CRN 30070OnlineFeb. 24 - March 22

Refine and Enhance Instruction for Adult Learning
Polish your presentations for enhanced learning in your classroom. Course includes: Tools to Enhance Instruction and Presentation, Culturally Responsive Facilitation, Conflict Resolution in the Classroom, Generational Differences in Learning.

Subject code: XAED 10031 12 Hours. Fee: $379 + GST  
CRN 30271 Online March 30 - April 26

Working with adult learners on a daily basis, I found the Adult Educator Seminar Series Certificate of Completion has helped me to communicate more effectively and determine practical strategies to allow mature students to be successful. This program has left me feeling confident in my ability to develop measurable learning outcomes and be creative in the process! Informative courses, fantastic instructors.

- Stephanie Jones

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Contact us

For information about this program:
403.440.6867 or 1.888.392.3655
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6

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