Program Development for Adult Learners
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    • Certificate

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    Program length

    • 15 months to 5 years

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    Program features

    • For Canadian citizens, permanent residents and international learners
    • Part-time, online from anywhere

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    Program fees

    • Total cost: $2,690 for required courses, plus electives and $100 non-refundable application fee
    • Each course: $350 to $710
    Pricing subject to change without notice

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    Develop and deliver effective training

    Program Development for Adult Learners (PDAL) is professional development for you, your employer and the people you educate. It was designed for those who develop and/or deliver teaching and training to adults including instructional designers, program planners, curriculum developers and evaluators. PDAL is an industry-leading program for those working in higher education, community development and workplace learning and development. PDAL replaced the former Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education (CACE).

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    Relevant to your workplace

    Choose elective courses best suited to your career path. Core courses include an applied project of your choice so you can take your learning to the workplace. Learn first-hand how to put your learning into practice as you become your best case study.

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    Learn what you need most

    Learn to instruct or train adults; develop, facilitate or coordinate training or education programs in business, industry, government, institutions or community organizations; provide support services to adult education; and design educational materials for adults.

Explore your career options with Program Development for Adult Learners

The knowledge and skills you acquire in this program could be valuable in the following careers. Explore these options. Learn which top skills are required, how many are currently employed, and what they are earning.

Program details

This program is for Canadian citizens, permanent residents and international learners.

International learners complete all courses online from anywhere via online learning. Please note:

  • Immigration - This program does not allow for application for a Canadian study visa or post-graduate work permit.  For programs that qualify for a study visa, see intensive program packages.
  • Health coverage - This program is not covered under the Manitoba International Student Health Plan (MISHP). If you are completing this program while residing in Canada, you need to ensure you have private health insurance or are covered under Manitoba Health (if you hold a work permit or are a dependent of an individual holding a work permit/permanent resident status in Canada). 
    MISHP student health plan

Credential: Earn a University of Manitoba Certificate in Program Development for Adult Learners.

Fees:  $2,690 for required courses, plus electives and $100 non-refundable application fee.
Pricing subject to change without notice.

Expected duration: 1 to 5 years, part-time

Application requirements: Grade 12 diploma or equivalent, or mature student status
If primary language is not English, proof of English proficiency is required.

The Program Development for Adult Learners program is accredited by CPHR Manitoba. CPHR Manitoba members earn CPHR Continued Professional Development hours for completing courses in this program. Documentation to confirm hours earned is provided by Extended Education at the U of M upon successful completion of each course.

Keep learning: Apply this certificate towards a Bachelor of Arts Integrated Studies degree.

Program courses

Determine the courses you will need to complete this program.

This Extended Education program has open registration, which means that students can register for individual courses without being admitted to a program. Any courses taken within 10 years that are in the program will be applied to the student’s program record. Please note that the course schedule below may change based on enrollment numbers and student interest.

Students will need to be admitted to a program before they will be allowed to graduate with a certificate.

Required courses

Course number Course name Contact hours Term(s) offered
PDAL 0100 Adult Learners 18 Fall
PDAL 0110 Program Design 18 Winter
PDAL 0120 Needs Assessment 18 Fall
PDAL 0130 Facilitation and Instruction 18 Fall
PDAL 0140 Technology in Learning 18 Summer
PDAL 0150 Diversity and Accommodation 18 Summer
PDAL 0160 Program Evaluation 18 Winter
PDAL 0170 Applied Project 12 Summer, Fall

Elective courses

Choose a minimum of 72 contact hours.

Course number Course name Contact hours Term(s) offered
CHRD 0110 Advising Essentials 25 Fall
CUCA 0102 Mission, Culture, and Governance in Higher Education 25 Winter
CUCA 0106 The Role of Student and Student Needs 25 Winter
CUCA 0116 Leadership 25 Fall
HRM 0130 Employee Communication and Coaching 18 Fall
LDRS 0510 Learning for Leaders in the 21st Century: Developing Personal Leadership 36 Winter
LDRS 0530 Leading Organizational Change 36 Winter
MGMT 0520 Excellence in Communication 36 Summer, Winter
MGMT 0150 Project Management 36 Winter

Register for courses

You can register for courses before applying to this program. Please visit courses.

How to apply

Complete your application online:

  • Sign in or create an account in our registration system. 
  • Choose Apply to a Program in the left menu. 
  • Select your program and pay your application fee to complete your application.

You must be admitted to a program in order to graduate with your credential.

Learn more about the program

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Insights from PDAL Instructor, Marie Antaya

  • A practical program
    “PDAL is practical, so students can neatly take the ideas and apply them to the work they do. Students are trained for the classroom and beyond.”

  • Even an expert can learn from it
    “A number of students emailed me to say it was so user-friendly and a better learning experience. They work through, and find the answers they are looking for. Even an industry expert was able to learn from it.”

  • Transform your career
    “A good program can help to transform a person’s career. In our first one, students were fully engaged and learning. They made a strong connection with their classmates.”

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University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

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