About Us

 St. Francis Xavier University is in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1725.  

St. Francis Xavier University (StFX) is a co-educational institution of approximately 4000 students (primarily undergraduate) located in Antigonish, an eastern Nova Scotia community with a population of 5,000. The University owes its genesis and its spirit to the love, sacrifice, and concern of the people in northeastern Nova Scotia. It was founded in 1853, in the nearby hamlet of Arichat, and two years later it moved to Antigonish. In 1866, StFX was granted full university powers. In 1894, Mount St. Bernard College was affiliated with St. Francis Xavier and the University became the first co-educational Catholic college in North America.

Our History

The Department of Adult Education was established in 1970. Historically, the Department emerged out of a long standing focus on adult education and community development at StFX. The Antigonish Movement, a program of community self-reliance, began on the StFX university campus. Today the StFX Extension Department carries out this work within Nova Scotia, while the Coady International Institute extends the principles of adult education to community development leaders from countries all over the globe. Our Master of Adult Education degree program attracts students from all regions of Canada as well as a smaller number of international students.

The department has a formalized working relationship with the Coady International Institute, and one of our faculty members is cross appointed with the Institute. Our summer Foundations Institute includes a community development stream. MAdEd participants are introduced to Coady approaches and resources that they can draw from in order to create community programs that are more engaging and effective.

There is no deadline to apply; we accept applications on an ongoing basis. Students have a three year candidacy period within which to complete all program requirements.