Teachers and Trainers of Adults

College-Approved Certificate (6 courses) Part-time Online
Program Code: 6038X07PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017

This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

Are you interested in facilitating learning and assisting adult learners in achieving their goals? If so, this College Certificate program provides educators with the strategies and methods geared towards the needs and abilities of adult learners. Students explore the principles of adult learning, curriculum development, and assessment and evaluation techniques.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within three years.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).
College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).


Program Progression

As per policy AA39: Program Progression and Graduation Requirements when students are admitted to a program, they are assigned to the Program of Study that aligns with their start date. If a student takes a break for two or more consecutive terms the Program of Study is reset to align with the current version (when studies are resumed). For more information please contact your Program Coordinator.

CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact OL@algonquincollege.com or 613-727-4723 ext. 3330 or toll-free 1-888-684-4444.


Online:Online Learning   
HoursCourse NameWinterSummer
TAC511242.0Adult LearningOnline Learning Online Learning
TAC510242.0Curriculum DevelopmentOnline Learning Online Learning
TAC510348.0Instructional TechniquesOnline Learning Online Learning
TAC511442.0Assessment and EvaluationOnline Learning Online Learning
TAC510836.0Managing a Diverse Learning EnvironmentBlank Icon Online Learning
Elective: choose 1
TAC511342.0Adults with Learning DisabilitiesBlank Icon Online Learning
TAC510530.0Instructional Technology in Adult EducationBlank Icon Online Learning


TAC5112 Adult Learning

Learners apply the principles of adult learning and develop basic skills essential to successful instruction. Designed for teachers and trainers in all fields who present information to adults.

TAC5102 Curriculum Development

Learners acquire the skills and knowledge to develop a systematic approach to curriculum development based on a training/education model. Curriculum development includes needs assessment, learning outcomes, course outlines, lesson plans with an introduction to choosing instructional techniques and developing a marking system to evaluate participant success. Each learner is responsible for developing a course outline and a lesson plan for content with which they have taught, are teaching or would like to teach. Attention is given to the integration of planning, learning styles, instructional techniques and course assessment/evaluation methodologies.

Pre-requisites: TAC5112

TAC5103 Instructional Techniques

There are many effective ways for adult learners to experience course content and gain new found subject knowledge. In today's complex learning environment, the most successful instructors demonstrate instructional strategies that both respect and challenge adult learners. Through lectures, discussion (synchronous and asynchronous) and various assignments, learners explore a wide variety of instructional techniques including lecture, group discussion, demonstration, icebreakers, case study, brainstorming, debate, fishbowl, collage, role-play, panel discussions and skits. Factors affecting the selection of techniques are also addressed. Learners demonstrate their mastery of instructional techniques through the design and online delivery of a lesson. Instructional strategies or approaches to learning which include a variety of techniques are also covered by reviewing some of the most common strategies including cooperative learning, problem-based learning and action learning. In addition to instructional techniques and strategies, classroom management issues and the use of media and resources are also covered.

Pre-requisites: TAC5102 AND TAC5112

TAC5114 Assessment and Evaluation

Learners gain an appreciation for the processes involved in assessment and evaluation. A variety of types of evaluation are utilized in order to understand and meet the needs of learners and stakeholders. Learners are encouraged to evaluate their own practice as a teacher or trainer in their environment.

Pre-requisites: TAC5102 AND TAC5103 AND TAC5112

TAC5108 Managing a Diverse Learning Environment

Learners explore two key aspects of managing a diverse adult learning environment. In the first section of the course, learners discover the intercultural differences in adult learning styles, preferences and educational expectations and compare these to learning in a Canadian learning environment. In the second section of the course, learners develop the capacity and competencies to recognize how diversity impacts the learning experience and develop the tools and confidence to manage and plan for the complexities that surface in such a learning environment.

TAC5113 Adults with Learning Disabilities

Insight into the needs and issues of adults with learning disabilities in an educational or training setting and society as a whole is provided. Learners gain general knowledge and awareness of the various exceptionalities with a primary focus on understanding adults with learning disabilities. Strategies and skills are explored so that educators/trainers can provide appropriate modifications and accommodations to course content, delivery and evaluation, to ensure that all learners have an opportunity to be successful.

Pre-requisites: TAC5112

TAC5105 Instructional Technology in Adult Education

Teachers of adults are equipped with strategies for successful use of technology in the in-class and virtual classroom. Learners examine curriculum design, teaching techniques and assessment when instructional technology is employed. All supporting materials are accessed through the Internet.