Coady International Institute
Department of Adult Education
Master of Adult Education - Community Development Stream
The Master of Adult Education - Community Development Stream is a self-directed, self-paced distance learning program offered jointly by the Department of Adult Education, St. Francis Xavier University and the Coady International Institute. The program provides community development practitioners from both the North and the Global South with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the ways in which adult education methods and principles can be used to empower communities and organizations. Students are offered guidance to define a professional and academic area of focus within community development. Focus can be on traditional communities bound by location, or on communities of culture and practice that can cross borders.The program begins with a mandatory three-week Foundations Institute held on the St. Francis Xavier University campus in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. During the Institute, mutual expectations are clarified, and students begin to prepare a learning plan relevant to their own needs. At the end of three weeks, students return home. The remainder of the program is carried out using a variety of distance learning formats and technologies such as email, the web, fax, telephone, and regular mail. Students have up to five years to complete the program.