Education Programs

Learning at Coady

Coady Institute offers educational programming for emerging and established community leaders with a passion for social change. Coady’s approach to adult education is practice-focused and participatory, informed by learner-centered and asset-based methods that hold the potential for both personal growth and societal transformation. Courses are hosted on-campus at St. Francis Xavier University in Canada, off-campus in communities around the globe, and online using various communications platforms.

Online Education Programs for 2021/2022

Coady is offering an extensive program of online courses this year as we continue our commitment to developing knowledge and skills for social change. Online courses begin in April 2021 and offer the opportunity to learn with a cohort of change leaders from around the globe while balancing work and family commitments, offering affordable rates, and ensuring the health and safety of participants and staff by learning from home. Join us as we explore subjects ranging from climate change and community resilience, to the future of work and workers, to conflict transformation and peacebuilding, and more!

We are now accepting applications for the following:

Building Abundance in Indigenous Communities

(March 30 – April 27, 2021)
This program, open to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit participants residing in Canada, will introduce you to Indigenous principles and practices for community work that build on strengths and assets for action. Our goal is to provide you with community-building tools and methods to meet the needs of present-day Indigenous families, communities, and Nations. Read more about the Building Abundance in Indigenous Communities program.

Indigenous Women in Leadership

(May 17 – June 30, 2021)
This course supports Indigenous women in revitalizing roles and responsibilities and reclaiming places of honour and respect as leaders within their communities and organizations. It is grounded in relational practices and will guide you to identify and connect with cultural values, build upon your already trusted leadership capacities for community-led, community-driven development, and create spaces for social change. Read more about the Indigenous Women in Leadership program.


The following program offerings will be open soon:

Asset-Based and Citizen-Led Development (ABCD)

(August 16 – October 15, 2021)
This course is a global space for sharing and learning about the principles, practices and tools that put local assets and action at the centre any development initiative. It offers a “time-out” for you to question conventional community development practices and beliefs and to re-evaluate the role of institutions in stimulating and supporting genuine asset-based and citizen-led development (ABCD). Read more about the ABCD Course

Adult Education and Learning for Community Development

(September 20 – November 14, 2021)
This course is a global space for sharing and learning about the practices and theories of adult education and learning for community development. Over eight weeks, you will have opportunities to reflect on your role and practice as an educator, explore theories and practices of adult learning, consider gender, power and learning for social change, and develop skills for designing adult education, including online learning. Read more about the Adult Education program.

Citizen-Led Accountability: Strategies and Practices

(September 23 – November 11, 2021)
This course will help equip you to understand the underlying principles of citizen-led accountability, and craft context-appropriate proposals to build accountability into your work.This course will help equip you to understand the underlying principles of citizen-led accountability, and craft context-appropriate proposals to build accountability into your work. Read more about the Citizen-Led Accountability course.

Future of Work and Workers

(September 27 – December 10, 2021)
This ambitious course will help participants better understand the magnitude and intensity of the current changes shaping the world of work and provide a peek into what is to come. Read more about the Future of Work and Workers course.

Developmental Evaluation

(October 18 – November 28, 2021)
Developmental Evaluation is an exciting new approach to evaluation that enables social innovators, policy and program managers, and community leaders to design, monitor and adapt social change initiatives in complex and uncertain environments. (This offering is designed for participants in Canada. If you are outside of Canada and would like to learn more about this topic, stay tuned for the next offering of this program) Read more about the Developmental Evaluation course.

Advancing Women’s Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding for Community Development

(January 17 – March 13, 2022)
This course is designed to advance understandings of conflict, security, and peace for women’s leadership in a changing world. In this course, we explicitly emphasize women’s experiences, roles, knowledge, opportunities, and barriers in security, conflict transformation, and peace building –particularly in community and organizational spaces.  Read more about this Peacebuilding course.


Please Note

Coady International Institute does not accept third party applications. Individuals need to submit their application via Coady’s website and should use caution when approached by those offering services to complete the application and admissions process.

Coady International Institute

St. Francis Xavier University
4780 Tompkins Lane
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

Phone: (902) 867-3960
Phone: 1-866-820-7835 (within Canada)
Fax: (902) 867-3907

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