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Teaching and Training Adults (Certificate)

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Durham College Certificate

Durham College Certificate

Program Description

This certificate will train you to teach or facilitate adults in any capacity. Whether you teach in a formal classroom setting, facilitate seminars, train employees, or teach a general-interest program to adults, you will be well equipped to meet the needs of all of your adult learners.

Your first course will be Adult Learning. You will begin your studies by exploring the nature of adult learners, their learning styles, needs and characteristics, and analyze what makes teachers effective. Then, you will address critical aspects in course delivery.

Recognized program with The Institute for Performance and Learning 2020

Teaching and Training Adults is recognized by the Institute for Performance and Learning. Graduates receive a credit of one year towards the work experience requirement of The Certified Training and Development Professional certification program.

Certificate Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
    Grade 12 equivalency certificate achieved through College academic upgrading
    Mature Student Status (19 years of age or older)

  • You must maintain an overall average of 60% or a GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate
  • A minimum of 25% of courses must be completed through Durham College.

Program Of Study

Students are required to print or save a copy of the Program of Study when beginning the program. This document contains critical details about program progression and graduation requirements specific to the academic year in which your program was started.

Click to access the Program of Study for the current academic year.

Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Professional and Part-Time Learning office at or 905-721-3052 to obtain your Program of Study and graduation requirements.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be equipped to:

  • Assess the learning needs of individuals and organizations in valid and reliable ways
  • Develop/design programs, courses, and/or learning events that meet adult learner's needs, interests and organizational requirements
  • Facilitate learning that addresses the diverse needs of adult learners by utilizing a variety of appropriate instructional techniques
  • Determine program effectiveness by soliciting feedback from stakeholders
  • Apply strategies to evaluate learning in adult learning environments
  • Integrate reflective practice into all teaching activities
  • Apply principles and best practices of a variety of theoretical models in adult learning environments
  • Integrate the essential employability skills into teaching/learning activities (communication, numeracy, information management, critical thinking and problem solving, interpersonal and personal skills)
  • Apply skills in alternative adult learning approaches such as informal learning, performance support systems, and knowledge management

Career Options

Potential career and industry options may include:

  • Corporate trainer
  • Human resources consultant
  • Professional developer
  • Teacher in continuing education or post-secondary education

Related Credentials and Courses

Program Related Questions? Call 905.721.3052

If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please visit the Professional and Part-Time Learning OSAP Eligibility webpage.

Currently offered

Course Title Location/
Delivery Method
TEAC 1980Adult LearningMonthly Intake Online
TEAC 1980Adult LearningOnline
TEAC 2983Adults with Learning DisabilitiesOnline
TEAC 2983Adults with Learning DisabilitiesMonthly Intake Online
TEAC 4980Assessment & EvaluationOnline
TEAC 4980Assessment & EvaluationMonthly Intake Online
TEAC 2980Curriculum DevelopmentMonthly Intake Online
TEAC 2980Curriculum DevelopmentOnline
TEAC 3980Instructional TechniquesMonthly Intake Online
TEAC 3980Instructional TechniquesOnline