Program Development for Adult Learners
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    • Certificate in Program Development for Adult Learners

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    Program length

    • 15 months to 5 years

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    Program features

    • For Canadian citizens and permanent residents
    • Part-time, online from anywhere in Canada

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    Program fees

    • Total cost: $3,720 approximately
    • Each course: $310 to $620

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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.

Program details

This program is for Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Information for international students who wish to study with us can be found at Intensive program packages.

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

Fees: $3,720 (includes course fees and $100 non-refundable application fee)

Expected duration: 1 to 5 years, part-time

Application requirements: You must submit your high school or post-secondary transcript with your application.

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.

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Program courses

Determine the courses you will need to complete this program.

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 Winter
PDAL 0140 Technology in Learning 18 Spring
PDAL 0150 Diversity and Accommodation 18 Spring
PDAL 0160 Program Evaluation 18 Winter
PDAL 0170 Applied Project 12 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 Fall
MGMT 0520 Excellence in Communication 36 Spring
MGMT 0500 Project Management Essentials 36 Not offered

How to apply

Complete and submit your Application Form (PDF):

  • Save to your computer before filling out the form.
  • To register for individual courses, please visit Courses.

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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Contact us

Extended Education
185 Extended Education Complex
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

Toll free: 1-888-216-7011 ext. 8800