Community Development

The Master of Adult Education has helped me to become a lifelong learning and active listener. Using adult education principles, I am able to embrace many and different voices related to woodland management and accommodate lived experiences of stakeholders through peer to peer learning initiatives.

-Simon Mutabazi, Master of Adult Education (2012) and Nova Scotia Provincial Extension Forester.


One of the key principles of the Antigonish Movement was to work towards "a society that will permit every individual to develop to the utmost limit of her/his capacities."  Our program provides development practitioners with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the ways in which adult education methods and principles can be applied in community development as well how community development creates processes and spaces for individual and collective learning.

Potential areas of specialization may include topics such as: project planning, community economic development, environmental sustainability; learning in social movements, decolonization and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, community health promotion, capacity building, community leadership and participatory democracy, and learning for citizenship. Our work  is informed by the principles of the Antigonish Movement and by our relationship with the Coady International Institute. Participants have access to the Marie Michael Library which has a collection of more than 12,000 print and electronic resources focused on adult education, community participation and broader issues of international development.

Upcoming Intakes

  • July 7-25, 2019 (Reflective Practice and Community Development Streams offered concurrently)
  • July 5-23, 2020 (Reflective Practice and Community Development Streams offered concurrently)

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.