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Program Development for Adult Learners (PDAL)

Become a better adult educator with this ONLINE certificate program

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An industry-leading program

PDAL was designed for those who develop and/or deliver teaching and training to adults including instructional designers, program planners, curriculum developers and evaluators.  It’s an industry-leading program for those working in higher education, community development, and workplace learning and development. Take it online from anywhere.


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.

Insights from Marie Antaya, Instructor and Content Developer, PDAL

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.”

Info sheet - PDAL

Program Development for Adult Learners (PDAL)
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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.

Certificate in Program Development for Adult Learners

Admission Requirements
Grade 12 diploma or equivalent
Complete and submit application form
Pay application fee
Provide high school or post-secondary transcript

Program Length
210 hours, part-time
Complete it in a minimum of 4 terms (15 months) to a maximum of 5 years.

Course Requirements
8 required courses (138 hours)
72 hours of elective credit

$100 application fee
$3,265 total course fees

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Extended Education

185 Extended Education Complex
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
R3T 2N2
Phone: +1 204 474-8800
Toll Free: 1 888 216-7011
Fax: +1 204 474-7661