Master of Adult Education and Community Development


Department News

2019 CASAE East Conference with Keynote Speaker - Dr. Stephen Brookfield. October 17-19, 2019, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax Nova Scotia  

New Online M.Ad.Ed. with a focus on Women's Leadership and Community Development. Starting Spring 2020.

About Us

In times of rapid change, professional, workplace, and community-based learning is the key to successful adaptation, growth, and resilience. Designed for busy professionals who need to think critically, motivate other adults and help them learn, we are Canada's first self-directed distance Master of Adult Education program. Since our inception in 1970, we have offered learner-centred, self-directed, practice-focused and research-based learning where you design a graduate program tailored to your needs and interests at work or in the community.

We offer two unique streams:

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Upcoming Intakes

  • 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.


    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. 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.


    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.