Teacher of Adults - Literacy Educator (Part-time)
- Ontario College Certificate
- Program Code:
- Continuing Education
Notice:Note: Applications for this program are no longer being accepted. Students should refer to the delivery schedule posted.
About the ProgramIn partnership with Project READ Literacy Network, Sault College and Conestoga College, this program is designed to address the training needs of adult literacy educators nationwide. It provides an in-depth exploration of the key principles, practices, concepts and issues that shape the role of the adult literacy educator in the delivery of literacy and essential skills training in one-to-one and group settings. The program consists of five core courses, a choice of electives and one fieldwork placement. Successful completion of all seven courses is required to receive the program certificate.
The recommended sequence of courses is: The Adult Literacy Learner; Assessing and Evaluating Literacy Learning; Planning for Literacy Learning; Foundational Strategies for Literacy and Numeracy Instruction; and Fieldwork Placement. The elective may be taken anytime after completing the Adult Literacy Learner. You can choose one of the electives to fit your interests.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older.
Note re: Admission Requirements
- Students must be able to receive instruction, respond and research in the English language.
- Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
- Attach proof of Admission Requirements.
- Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.
- Students must be accepted into the program prior to registration to the placement course.
How to ApplyStudents may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms
Send completed applications to:
299 Doon Valley Dr
Canada N2G 4M4
How to Register for CoursesGo to How to Register for detailed registration information.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
Learn more about PLAR.
Graduate OpportunitiesFor more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Program Related Resources
- Demonstrate the sensitivity and knowledge needed to be able to respond to the needs of adult literacy learners
- Apply key skills to develop and implement a course of action to meet the specific goals of individual learners
- Understand literacy delivery in an outcomes-based environment in variety of settings and milieus
- Act in the best interest of the adult learner, respect the rights of the individual and acknowledge the central role of the adult learner in the learning process
- Demonstrate an awareness of the opportunities for professional development, the need to keep up with new developments, and participate in self-assessment and life long learning.
Click on the course code or title below for a full description of the course. If available for registration, clicking on "Details" in the status column will open a new browser tab or window in the Student Portal.Refer to the planned delivery schedule given below if the course is currently unavailable for registration.
|Course Code||Course Title||Status|
|ADED1130||Planning for Literacy Learning
Description: Recommended: Assessing and Evaluating Literacy Learning. With the use of an inclusive planning process, you will learn how to design, evaluate and maintain program and services for adult literacy learners with employment-related goals while increasing organizational capacity. You will also examine the role that program management plays in the development and sustainability of programs and services.
|ADED1140||Applied Strategies For Literacy And Numeracy Instruction
Description: Recommended: The Adult Literacy Learner, Assessing and Evaluating Literacy Learning, Planning for Literacy Learning, Foundational Strategies for Literacy and Numeracy.
Learn to encourage independence and critical thinking in adult learners through the use of basic approaches to instruction. Students will be introduced to key topics of: self-directed learning, supporting learners with counselling techniques and learning disabilities.
|ADED1160||Foundational Strategies for Literacy and Numeracy Instruction
Description: Recommended: The Adult Literacy Learner, Assessing and Evaluating Literacy Learning, Planning for Literacy Learning.
Instructional strategies for teaching literacy and numeracy skills in an outcomes-based learning environment are explored. The role of technology, training plans and goal-directed learning in both one-to-one and group settings are used to frame the use of various instructional strategies. Develop and apply instructional strategies that respond to the reading, writing and numeracy needs of the individual learner.
|ADED1170||Teacher Of Adults - Literacy Educator (Fieldwork Placement)
Description: Educators apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations by arranging to work, as a volunteer, in a literacy program. As a result of their placement activity, students will demonstrate their ability to apply the knowledge acquired through course work to a real literacy setting. The placement will be supervised by the course facilitator and will rely on the development, by the course participant, of a detailed learning plan.
Pre-Requisites: OLRN1048, OLRN1820, ADED1130, ADED1140, ADED1160, OHS1320
|OHS1320||Safety in the Workplace
Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself while on an unpaid work placement within a variety of employment settings. Through the nine units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of General Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while on unpaid work placements, as well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their Placement Employers. Participants in this course are required to provide informed consent regarding WSIB or other insurance coverage while on an unpaid work placement
|OLRN1048||Assessing and Evaluating Literacy Learning
Description: Learn to use a learner-centred approach to assess and evaluate the skills and knowledge of individual learners to help them achieve their goals.
|OLRN1820||The Adult Literacy Learner
Description: This module is designed to help you explore the principles of adult learning with a special emphasis on applying these principles to adult literacy settings. You will examine the theory behind shaping the literacy environment to the individual - the reason why - as well as ideas for putting the theory into practice - the how. Additional software required: Adobe Acrobat Reader and Flash (free downloads)
|Electives: Program Option|
Student must complete a minimum of 45 Hours
Select from the list below
Making It Work
Description: This course is designed for experienced literacy educators who have little familiarity with the development and/or delivery of literacy and basic skills programs in the workplace environment. You will gain an understanding of the complexities of relationships between business, labour and employees in the determination of workplace training needs, the key steps involved in the development and delivery of a workplace literacy program and the critical role that evaluation plays in workplace programs.
Professional Pathways in Adult Literacy
Description: Explore local, provincial, national and international context – and then uses those contexts to help participants explore a personal definition of literacy. It also looks at the skills and abilities needed by the adult literacy educator in various literacy settings and uses a portfolio approach to help participants demonstrate the skills, knowledge and abilities they have as educators. Discuss the context for literacy delivery from global to local perspectives and from this context develop both a personal definition of adult literacy and a personal commitment to ongoing professional development.
Learning Disabilities and Adult Literacy
Description: You will learn to identify characteristics of adults with learning disabilities, including learning strengths and challenges. Students will learn to observe and recognize possible learning disabilities during the assessment process to plan effective instructional strategies. You will also learn strategies to support the development of self-direction skills and independence in the adult literacy learner.
Planning Programs for Employment Outcomes
Description: With the use of an inclusive planning process, you will learn how to design, evaluate and maintain programs and services for adult literacy learners with employment-related goals while increasing organizational capacity. You will also examine the role that program management plays in the development and sustainability of programs and services.
|Course Code||Course Name||Winter 2017||Spring 2017||Fall 2017||Winter 2018||Spring 2018|
|OLRN1820||The Adult Literacy Learner||No longer offered|
|OLRN1048||Assessing and Evaluating Literacy Learning||X||X||No longer offered|
|ADED1130||Planning for Literacy Learning||X||X||No longer offered|
|ADED1160||Foundational Strategies for Literacy and Numeracy Instruction||X||X||X||X||No longer offered|
|ADED1140||Applied Strategies for Literacy and Numeracy Instruction||X||X||X||X||No longer offered|
|OHS1320||Safety in the Workplace||X||X||X||X||X|
|ADED1170||Teacher of Adults – Literacy Educator
*Fieldwork placement should be completed by Spring 2018 after the completion of the theory courses.
Note: Due to legislation changes, students are required to complete Safety in the Workplace (OHS1320) prior to registering for their Placement.
|Course Code||Course Name||Winter 2017||Spring 2017||Fall 2017||Winter 2018||Spring 2018|
|ADED1090||Making it Work||X||X||No longer offered|
|ADED1150||Professional Pathways in Adult Literacy||No longer offered|
|ADED1330||Learning Disabilities and Adult Literacy||X||X||X||X||No longer offered|
|ADED1340||Planning Programs for Employment Outcomes||X||X||X||X||No longer offered|
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