PART-TIME | WINNIPEG LOCATIONS CERAP-CT Certificate in Adult Education

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We will no longer be accepting new applications to the Certificate in Adult Education Program. Please visit the new Teaching for Learning in Applied Education program webpage.

  • Certificate program
  • Part-time, 10 courses plus practicum, 33-credit hour program
  • Articulation Agreement: University of the Fraser Valley 
  • International applicants contact RRC's International Education Office at or 204-632-2143 for information on this program and space availability

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 Economic Development and Training.

Admission Requirements

Your Academic History
If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit My Education for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling.


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Internationally Educated Applicants - visit for credential assessment information.

Submission of required documentation indicating proof of completion of admission requirements is due within 30 days of applying unless otherwise noted in the program's admission requirements.

However, if you apply within 6 weeks of the program start date, admission requirements are due within 5 days of applying.

Current Instructors of RRC, ACC and UCN
Red River College, Assiniboine Community College, and University College of the North instructors - submit an Instructor's Application Form.

All Other Applicants
Applicants who are not current instructors of Red River College, Assiniboine Community College, or University College of the North - submit a Regular Application Form and meet either the Regular or Mature Student Admission Requirements listed below.

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Manitoba Grade 12
    • Submit proof of graduation from or enrolment in Grade 12, including one credit in each of the following:
      • Grade 12 English
      • Grade 12 Math (excluding Accounting 40S)
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See Regular Admission Requirement 3 for more information.
  2. Post-Secondary Education
    • Submit transcripts of all post-secondary education completed
    • Post-secondary transcripts must have been issued within 6 months prior to your application date, and submitted in a sealed envelope directly from the post-secondary institution.
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See Regular Admission Requirement 3 for more information. .
  3. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Have you successfully completed the equivalent of three years of full-time secondary (high school) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction? To view a list of ELR exempt countries click here.
      • If yes, you appear to meet English language requirements. Submit your transcripts for verification purposes.
      • If no, you are required to submit proof of meeting an English language requirements option.  If you choose to complete an English language assessment, review this program's approved assessments and required levels.
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but did not complete three years of high school, submit your transcripts for review
  4. Resume
    • Submit a personal resume indicating your education and work experience.

Mature Student Admission Requirements
If you are 21 years of age on or before December 31 of the year of admission, and you do not meet the regular admission requirements, you may apply under the Mature Student admission requirements. Applications will be reviewed on an individual basis.

English Language Assessments

English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
AEPUCE (Academic English Program of University and College Entrance )
Requirement: Submission of a parchment (certificate) indicating successful completion of the AEPUCE program, including language levels achieved if available.
CAEL and CAEL Online (Canadian Academic English Language)
CLB (LINC) (Canadian Language Benchmark - Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
RRC Institutional or Official CanTEST accepted EXCEPT for the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program. The MLS program requires the Official CanTEST (the RRC Institutional CanTEST will not be accepted).
Duolingo (Duolingo English Test)


There are no minimum required levels for L,S,R,W.

Due to closures related to COVID-19, RRC is temporarily allowing applicants to provide Duolingo English Test results to meet RRC's English language requirements.

Red River College will accept Duolingo assessments up to December 30, 2021. Beginning December 31, 2021 we will no longer accept Duolingo assessments to meet English language requirements.

IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
PTE - Academic Online Assessment (Pearson Test of English)
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in selected areas.

Who Should Enrol?

The participants in the program are typically practicing instructors or have some previous instructional experience. Instructional experience is assumed in the delivery of all courses beyond the first course, EDUC-1090 Introduction to Education. Therefore, some instructional experience, full-time or part-time, is beneficial for successful participation in the program.

Program Outline

The 10 course program, plus a practicum, is designed to be equivalent to 33 credit hours of undergraduate university professional education courses. As previous practical teaching experience is assumed in the design and delivery of each course, each 35-hour course is delivered as the equivalent of a 3 credit hour undergraduate course.

The CAE program is delivered for all the Manitoba colleges (Red River College, Assiniboine Community College in Brandon, and University College of the North in The Pas/Thompson) by the Teacher Education Department at Red River College. The 35-hour courses are delivered on a part-time basis.

Please refer to the current program brochure at  for a complete list of course offerings that includes dates, times, locations and delivery formats.

Courses and Descriptions

(Click the course name to view the description of the course)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check for additional contact information.
EDUC-1077Testing and EvaluationRPL
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This course examines a wide variety of assessment targets and analyzes their purpose, techniques, and quality indicators. The focus is on teacher-prepared tests and techniques through methods such as observation; written, oral, and performance tests; peer-and self-reports; portfolio documentation; and direct personal communication used to assess the different learning targets. The course culminates with an analysis of methods of interpreting assessment results and providing feedback and direction that promotes on-going improved instructional decision-making and learning.

EDUC-1090Introduction to EducationRPL
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This introductory course is the first in a series of courses offered in the Technical Vocational Education program, and is designed to provide beginning instructors with the basic skills to begin teaching in an applied educational environment. The course will focus on the ideals of effective instruction, adult learning and motivation, learning outcomes, lesson planning, course outlines, and the basics of classroom management. This course is a prerequisite to all courses in the Technical Vocational Teacher Education program.

EDUC-1091Instructional MethodsRPL
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The focus of this introductory course is on the creation of effective learning environments and the use of teaching strategies and techniques. The theoretical foundation and practical application of a variety of teaching approaches, lesson planning, questioning techniques, active lectures, and demonstrations will be explored and critically assessed within the context of sound curriculum design principles and processes. The overall focus is on the application of newly learned information to the classroom. A classroom simulation will take place where the student’s presentation is videotaped and will be reviewed for reflection and evaluation.

EDUC-1092Course ImplementationRPL
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Course Implementation is an examination of theoretical concepts and practical issues related to the learning and development of individuals in the teaching-learning environment. This course is concerned with the continuous improvement of teaching and learning through planning and feedback. Course Implementation examines research regarding learning and teaching tactics, classroom climate and management, and lifelong learning techniques. It also explores means of maximizing acceptance of change, to promote high achievement, and to minimize disruption and dissatisfaction with the process. Also included is ongoing assessment as a means of judging success and promoting growth. Finally, this course addresses professional development and the improvement of professional practice. Participants will learn how to use current and innovative thoughtful, active, interactive, reflective, and recurrent learning practices to promote maximum lifelong learning.

EDUC-1093Organizing Technical Education
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This course provides instruction in the planning, organization, and management of several types of vocational education facilities and an introduction to the different organizational and delivery systems used in vocational education programs. The scope of this course includes the preparation of instruction in a laboratory including: plan of organization and management, indicating the necessary equipment, materials and supplies, methods of purchasing and budgeting, and financial control and inventory procedures. In addition, sources of revenue and alternative delivery systems will be examined. Additional topics will include adaptations for disadvantaged students, motivation and learning environment management, and adult learners.

EDUC-1094Course DevelopmentRPL
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The focus of this course is on curriculum design in the area of Technical Vocational Education. Students will develop a course of study directly related to their subject specialty using a sequential process of formulating, selecting, and organizing course material. This course presents an organized format that potential teachers can apply to future courses to be planned and delivered. Students will study topics that include learning models, learner needs, learning outcomes, assessment, evaluation, structural frameworks, and instructional analysis.

EDUC-1095Program DevelopmentRPL
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Participants will gain an understanding of the quality elements of the college system for developing, supporting, monitoring, evaluating, and improving programs and courses. This course builds upon a solid philosophical foundation in terms of course bedrocks, pillars, and supports. It also considers the nature and needs of the adult learner in a quality college program through needs assessment and task analysis including environmental scans, the DACUM process, and curriculum validation. The notion of setting learning targets in regard to expected course and college-wide learning outcomes embodying both content and performance standards is addressed. Also discussed with this core of needs and outcomes are the ideas of teaching for understanding, educational taxonomies and supporting frameworks, and diversity in terms of program inclusion, differentiation, equality, and excellence. All components of this course are discussed in terms of a brain-compatible classroom that stresses equity and excellence while planning for all learners.

EDUC-1097Diversity and Inclusiveness in College EducationRPL
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This course is designed to develop an understanding of a variety of social realities and their application and impact on formal and informal learning situations. Course topics include social structure and class, processes and interaction; political ideology and power; cultural awareness, racism, values and perceptions; adult education and social mobility; adult education as a social and economic policy; and multi-cultural considerations, accessibility, equality, and inclusiveness. Case studies, problem solving, simulation exercises, and critical examination will complement the theoretical presentations.

EDUC-1098Independent Study
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Independent study is a student-centered approach to learning where participants assume responsibility for their own learning processes and experiences. It also supports Red River College’s portfolio-approach to learning by facilitating a process whereby participants construct and interpret new learning, reflect on its value, and consider its applications to future learning. Studies and projects considered for an independent study must be related to current teaching and learning methodologies. The time devoted to the self-directed, independent study must be equal to or greater than 35 hours.

Students should consider registering for this course only once they have completed a minimum of four other CAE courses. While students do register for this course there are no designated class times. Students work independently to attain the credit after meeting/discussing their plan/project with the course facilitator. The Independent Study credit can be attained in one of three ways and must equal 35 hours or greater:

  1. The student provides evidence of having successfully taken an education course that is different than any of the courses in CAE but that focuses on an element of teaching and learning; plus a detailed analysis of how this course aligns with or supports principles of teaching and learning in adult environments.
  2. The student provides evidence of participation (certificates of participation and/or confirmation from workshop organizers) in a number of teaching/learning related workshops; plus a detailed analysis of how these activities align with or support principles of teaching and learning in adult environments.
  3. The student develops a project that demonstrates the application of modern teaching and learning methodologies. That is develops/adapts a course for a particular purpose, explores or compares alternate types of assessment strategies etc., plus a detailed analysis of how this project aligns with or supports principles of teaching and learning in adult environments.

All independent study activities and, or projects must be approved by the CAE Program Coordinator, Teacher Education Department at Red River College prior to registration. To arrange a pre-course consultation please contact: Judy McGuirk, Coordinator – CAE, RRC at 204-632-2434 or

For additional information, contact the CAE coordinator at 204-632-2434.

EDUC-1115Foundations of Applied EducationRPL
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The focus of this course is to develop a critical understanding of vocational/technical/applied education, both its historical development and its current practice. This course is designed to encourage critical thinking and analysis of the foundations of vocational education: historical roots, socioeconomic context, philosophical approaches, as well as current issues and barriers to participation. Students will also explore delivery structures of applied education including colleges, and reflect upon their successes and limitations. By understanding the foundations of vocational education, students will be clearer about their own beliefs, values, and choices as educators in vocational-technical training institutions and systems.

EDUC-1117Intro to Technology in Education
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This course will expose students to a complete survey of technologies used in an instructional setting. Digital technology and computer technology have played a major role in transforming this subject area. With the use of these technologies we are able to accomplish many communication and instructional goals more efficiently. It is the intention of this course to provide students with an exposure to a wide variety of instructional technologies and demonstrate them in today’s classroom.

EDUC-1118Classroom Management
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This course covers the foundations of classroom management with an emphasis on the characteristics of an effective teacher. The course will also examine the major causes of unproductive student behaviour and provide a theoretical and philosophical foundation from which to examine approaches that encourage positive student behaviour and achievement and respond to the disruptive behaviour. Other course topics will include lesson design, developing classroom norms and guidelines, as well as structuring the physical environment.

EDUC-2092Advanced Instructional MethodsRPL
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The focus of this course is on differentiating instructional strategies and techniques that respond to the diverse learning styles and needs of learners. The theoretical foundation and practical application of various teaching strategies will be explored and critically assessed within the context of sound curriculum design principles and processes. The overall focus is the application of newly learned information to the classroom. A classroom simulation will take place where students' presentations are videotaped and reviewed for reflection and evaluation.

PRAC-1865Practicum in College Education
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This last credit to be applied in the CAE program includes 200 hours of instruction in an adult learning environment and a professional portfolio. The practicum experience allows instructors to integrate, refine, and reflect on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired and developed during their CAE course work. During the practicum experience, Certificate in Adult Education (CAE) students will demonstrate/provide evidence of their professional abilities to their immediate supervisors and prepare and submit a professional portfolio (applies to students who registered in the CAE program as of fall 2009. Both must be completed within 1 year of completing all other course work). It is the CAE student’s responsibility to secure a teaching opportunity where they work with adults, are responsible for planning and delivering course content and assessing learning outcomes, and are being compensated for their work. Individuals should start building their portfolio as soon as they begin taking courses in the CAE program, however formal registration into PRAC-1865 Practicum in College Education occurs after credit has been awarded in all other CAE courses. Applicable tuition fees will apply to the practicum, as students will work with course instructors throughout the development of their portfolio. Once completed, the portfolio will be submitted for review.    

Please refer to the Certificate in Adult Education Program Handbook located at

Required Prerequisites: Completion of all CAE course work (9 core courses & 1 elective)           


PSYC-1025Educational Psychology
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This course focuses on the effective application of psychological concepts and principles in the instructional process, the development of teaching strategies and skills, and the perspectives that enhance the learning environment. Students will become familiar with the key conceptual frameworks of educational psychology, and analyze their use in the classroom. Course topics include principles and conditions that facilitate positive learning, action research as an instructor, learning and teaching/leadership styles, the diversity of learners, and the process of transforming assumptions.


Computer/Laptop Requirements

Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College students require, at minimum:

1.  Off-campus access to a current computer with a webcam

2.  A high speed internet connection

• Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload
• Slower internet connection speeds may result in audio and video issues. Please keep in mind that if others in your home are using the same internet connection at the same time as you are, you may also experience audio and video issues.
• Please refer to for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.

Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates.

Transfer Credit Opportunities

University of Fraser Valley
Graduates of this program will receive a total of 33 credits toward the University of Fraser Valley Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education.

Recognition of Prior Learning

The CAE program was originally established in the late 1960’s by the Province of Manitoba to develop the instructional skills and competencies of the instructors at its community colleges (RRC, ACC and UCN). The focus of the program has always been on developing instructors with these skills and competencies, regardless of where or how they were developed. Therefore, the recognition of prior learning has always been encouraged.

Recognition for prior learning can be granted through the following processes:

  • Course Credit Transfer - on the basis of completion of courses, within the last seven years, in a post-secondary program with equivalent learning outcomes to courses in the CAE program.
  • Portfolio - documentation (through a portfolio) of prior learning though courses, training and/or work experience that resulted in achieving the learning outcomes as they align with courses in the CAE program.
  • Challenge - completion and presentation of prescribed activities as outlined in RPL guides (course specific).

The maximum credit that can be granted through RPL is 75% of the CAE program (7 courses).

Process for Proceeding with an RPL Assessment (CAE)

  1. Contact the program coordinator for general information on RPL (see Contact Information on the left side of this page)
  2. Obtain the relevant RPL Resource Guide. Review the guide carefully and complete the self-assessment.
  3. Make an appointment to meet with the program coordinator.
  4. With the program coordinator, determine suitability for RPL activity and then confirm the process.
  5. Complete the RPL application form and submit payment to Enrolment Services at RRC, Notre Dame Campus.
      College employees are responsible for submitting an RPL tuition waiver form
      as appropriate.
  6. Complete the RPL activities outlined in the guide, as agreed upon in consultation with the program coordinator.
      Candidates have 3 months from the time of registration to complete the
  7. Submit RPL activities for assessment to the program coordinator on or before the agreed due date.

RPL Waiver
Application for Portfolio and/or Challenge Process Assessments
Request for Course Credit/Grade Transfer

Current RPL Guides

EDUC-1090 Introduction to Education
EDUC-1091 Instructional Methods
EDUC-2092 Advanced Instructional Methods
EDUC-1095 Program Development
EDUC-1117 Introduction to Technology in Education (elective)
EDUC-1077 Testing and Evaluation

Coming soon!

EDUC-1094 Course Development
EDUC-1115 Foundations of Applied Education
PSYC-1025 Educational Psychology (elective)
EDUC-1093 Organizing Technical Education Facilities (elective)
EDUC-1092 Course Implementation
EDUC-1097 Diversity and Inclusiveness

Other Information

Instructors employed by the three Manitoba colleges (RRC, ACC and UCN) are required to complete a minimum of 6 credits per year toward attainment of the CAE as a condition of employment.

Graduate Employment Report

Red River College surveys its graduates on an annual basis to collect data related to the graduates’ employment status, salary, occupation and skill use. In addition, graduates are asked to indicate their level of satisfaction regarding the education they received at Red River College.

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Employment Potential

Graduates of the Certificate in Adult Education program teach at the community colleges in Manitoba and in other adult technical-vocational education settings. All Manitoba community college instructors are required to complete the CAE program.

Contact Information

For further information or a registration form, please contact one of the following:

Red River College
Janine Carmichael
Academic Coordinator
Teacher Education
D201 - 2055 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg, MB  R3H 0J9
Phone: 204-632-3764

Assiniboine Community College
Lynn Cliplef
Faculty Development Coach
Centre for Learning Innovation
1430 Victoria Avenue East
Brandon, MB  R7A 2A9
Phone: 204-725-8700 ext. 7214

University College of the North
Ann Barbour-Stevenson
Manager of Academic Development
1485 3rd Street North
Swan River, MB R0L1Z0
Phone: 204-734-2130

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