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CONT692: Teaching Adults

This course will count towards completion of the Post-Graduate Certificate in Workplace Training and Development

Empower adult learners: culturally responsive teaching and motivational strategies for diverse environments

This course examines adult learning theories and concepts and how they relate to different learning environments. You will explore how diversity impacts adult learners and ways to teach in culturally responsive ways. Motivational strategies will be explored as will instructional and assessment techniques that can be used in a workplace teaching context. 

Who Should Take This Course?

The course is ideal for

  • educators or trainers who work with adult learners in any context, including workplaces, community organizations or higher education
  • professionals who are new to teaching or training and want to learn about adult learning theories and effective teaching strategies
  • individuals who want to develop their skills in creating culturally responsive and inclusive learning environments
  • those who want to enhance their knowledge and skills in instructional design, assessment and evaluation for adult learners

Delivery Method

This course is delivered asynchronously online allowing participants to engage with flexibility at their own convenience. This method provides a balance between self-paced learning and structured coursework while promoting a supportive community where participants can share experiences and ideas. 

Professional Development

This course will count towards completion of the Post-Graduate Certificate in Workplace Training and Development.

Students who complete the Post-Graduate Certificate will be eligible to receive advanced standing in the laddering option offered by the Faculty of Education. 

Queen’s University Faculty of Education has designed this the laddering option as a customizable graduate experience, with the inclusion of three different credentials within one course. Laddering will allow you to progress through successive credentials while carrying forward course credits. Students can receive three different credentials: a Post-Graduate Certificate, a Graduate Diploma in Education, and a Professional Master of Education. If you follow the laddering system, you can earn all three credentials with fewer classes overall.

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Course Fees


Course fees include

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to

  • explore adult learning theories and concepts and learn how they relate to your teaching context
  • learn how to facilitate learning to address the diverse needs of adult learners
  • choose instructional techniques and assessments that motivate and are culturally responsive
  • use a variety of instructional and assessment tools and strategies
  • develop sessions and/or events that meet the diverse needs of adult learners

Course Outline


 Minimum hours 

  Module 1: The Adult Learner 


  Module 2: Diversity of Adult Learners


  Module 3: Motivating Adult Learners


  Module 4: Instructional Techniques


  Module 5: Assessment and Evaluation  


  Module 6: Putting It All Together


Total hours  


Course Schedule

Session Course Dates Registration Deadline Payment Deadline
Late Winter 2024 Feb 19, 2024 – Apr 19, 2024 Feb 09, 2024 at 4pm ET Feb 14, 2024 at 4pm ET
Late Spring 2024 May 06, 2024 – Jun 28, 2024 Apr 26, 2024 at 4pm ET May 02, 2024 at 4pm ET

Late Winter 2024

  • Dates: Feb 19, 2024 – Apr 19, 2024
  • Deadline: Feb 09, 2024 at 4pm ET
  • Payment Due: Feb 14, 2024 at 4pm ET

Late Spring 2024

  • Dates: May 06, 2024 – Jun 28, 2024
  • Deadline: Apr 26, 2024 at 4pm ET
  • Payment Due: May 02, 2024 at 4pm ET

Application Requirements

While a post-secondary degree/diploma is not required, it is recommended for this program.

Required Technology

A smartphone or a computer with a web camera and microphone.

Course Materials

This course has no required resources.


Applicants who require special accommodations are asked to:

  • Contact us at least 1 week prior to the start of the course to allow enough time for appropriate accommodations to be made.
  • Provide necessary documentation upon request.