Gain the knowledge and skills needed to design, develop, manage, and evaluate the instruction of adults in post-secondary, business, industry, and non-traditional learning environments.
What you will learn
Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
- Design, deliver and evaluate adult learning and teaching on a continuum of instructional approaches.
- Create positive and engaging learning environments that promote respect for the diversity of learners.
- Communicate effectively and work collaboratively in the workplace and in the community.
- Act in an ethical and professional manner when working in an adult education setting.
- Integrate critical reflection strategies to stay current in education and bring about change in one’s own practice.
What to expect
A wide variety of instructional strategies is used in the program. Instructional strategies may include interactive lecture, presentations, assignments, guest speakers, discussions, group work, field trips, and case studies.
Courses may be offered in online, face-to-face, and blended formats.
English language proficiency at an English 11 level
- Evidence of subject matter expertise as demonstrated by a diploma, bachelor's degree, trades certification, substantial workplace experience, or departmental approval
- This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. See program options for international students at VCC International.
- Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous are strongly encouraged to connect with VCC’s university transfer team to learn more about VCC’s Indigenous Enrolment policy, application preparation/completion, program advising, and a range of other individualized services.
- Applicants must be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
- Applicants must submit official transcripts and other documents as required by their course or program. Seats are offered to eligible applicants with completed applications, in order of application completion date (except for programs with competitive admissions). A complete application includes an application form, evidence of educational pre-requisites (e.g. transcripts), any required supporting documents (e.g. language proficiency, audition video), and the required deposit or fee payment. If you do not meet the requirements for the term applied, your application may be cancelled.
Missing prerequisites? Learn more about VCC's tuition-free academic upgrading or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, or discover which university transfer options are right for you.
The PIDP is appropriate from those with no teaching experience to those with substantial teaching experience but little training in instructional skills. Students should have:
-a willingness to participate in a wide variety of instructional strategies, both face-to-face and online
-basic computer skills
-the ability to work independently and with others
Program general hours
The program must be completed within 5 years.
Program locations: Broadway, Online and locations in BC, Alberta and Yukon.
Completion time will vary depending on individual circumstances. The program is designed for working professionals. It is designed to allow for flexibility, and may be completed at an accelerated pace. The minimum completion time is ten months. The program must be completed within 5 years.
Prior learning assessment and recognition
Students may request formal recognition of prior learning attained through informal education, work, or other life experience, including Indigenous ways of knowing. Credits may be granted to students who are able to sufficiently demonstrate the learning outcomes of specific courses.
PLAR is available for all courses in the program, except:
- PIDP 3270 Capstone Project
Applying for PLAR:
- Identify courses for which you will be requesting PLAR.
- Submit the following to the department:
- Actual curriculum products/artifacts created and used by the applicant in their workplace which are judged equivalent to the curriculum documents required in the course assignments.
- An essay in which the applicant describes the development of their thinking related to the themes, issues, and concepts of the course.
- A successful interview with the department.
Students may apply for a maximum of 12 program credits through PLAR. Tuition and fees may still apply to PLAR candidates.
To request PLAR, please contact the department directly.
See the D.3.5 Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition Policy and Procedures for more information.
|Core Courses (23 credits)|
|PIDP 3100||Foundations of Adult Education||3|
|PIDP 3210||Curriculum Development||3|
|PIDP 3220||Delivery of Instruction||2|
|PIDP 3230||Evaluation of Learning||3|
|PIDP 3240||Media Enhanced Learning||3|
|PIDP 3250||Instructional Strategies||3|
|PIDP 3260||Professional Practice||3|
|PIDP 3270||Capstone Project||3|
|Electives (7 credits)||7|
|Electives (7 credits)|
|PIDP 3300||Teaching Adults with the Brain in Mind||2|
|PIDP 3310||Intercultural Competence||1|
|PIDP 3320||Facilitating Learning Online Fundamentals||2|
|PIDP 3330||Facilitating Learning Online Design||2|
|PIDP 3340||Collaborative Learning in the College Classroom||2|
|PIDP 3350||Supporting Multilingual Learners||2|
|PIDP 3351||Feedback Strategies||2|
|EDUC 4250||Foundations of Online Teaching and Learning||3|
|EDUC 4251||Developing and Designing Online Learning||3|
|EDUC 4252||Facilitation of Online Learning||3|
|TRAI 3001||Industry Training Authority Fundamentals||1|
|TRAI 3002||Trades Specific Facilitating Learning||2|
|TRAI 3003||Trades Specific Assessment and Evaluation||2|
|TRAI 3004||Trades Specific Student Engagement Techniques||2|
This guide is intended as a general guideline only. The college reserves the right to make changes as appropriate.
* This information is intended as a guideline only. Program and course details are subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors.
Fees and other costs*
Fees vary depending on your choice of electives and course location.
For more information, please see the PIDP Fees and Textbooks guide (all fees are subject to change).
|Fee description||Fee Amount||Notes|
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|Materials||249||not including textbooks|
|Medical & Dental||0|
|Program-specific extra fees||0|
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* Fees are approximate and subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors. Students are required to pay any applicable fee increases. Application and assessment fees are non-refundable. Tuition fees include a $300 non-refundable deposit.
Fees listed are for domestic students. For international programs, visit VCC International.
Any refunds are issued according to VCC's refund policy.
Interested in this program?
Please contact the School of Instructor Education at 604.871.7488 or 604.871.7499 or by email at email@example.com to apply.
For more information, please see the PIDP Program Content Guide.