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 2020/2021

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 September 2020 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!

Applications are now open for:

Research Methods for Social Impact

(February 22 – April 4, 2021)
This course is designed primarily for promoters of change and innovation from across Nova Scotia and throughout Canada. Through an interactive learning approach that models adult learning principles and uses asynchronous and synchronous learning modalities, participants will explore the social and ethical implications of community-based research, develop data gathering tools such as survey questionnaires, interview and focus group techniques, investigate approaches to data analysis and management, and examine ways to communicate results to different audiences. Read more about the Research Methods for Social Impact course.

Introduction to Social Enterprise

(March 1st – April 16th, 2021)
Beginning with an assessment of the emergence and history of the social entrepreneurship movement, this course will cover topics such as the for-profit and not-for-profit divide, the need for varied capital at different stages, and aspects of institutional and personal leadership. Read more about the Introduction to Social Enterprise course.

Climate Change Basics for Community Resilience

(January 18 – March 7, 2021)
Applications for this program are now closed.

This online course begins with a basic overview of the science behind climate change. Toward the end of the course, there is an emphasis on understanding some of the main international policy agreements meant to combat climate change before focusing on what individuals and communities are doing to prevent and cope with changes in climate. The course finishes by focusing on what individuals can do on a daily basis to create positive change. Read more about the Climate Change course.

Asset-Based and Citizen-Led Development (ABCD)

(September 21 – November 6, 2020)
Applications for this program are now closed.

This course will introduce participants to principles, methods, and tools that feed directly into community development initiatives designed to stimulate citizen-led efforts and how organizations can support them. Read more about the ABCD course.

Future of Work and Workers

(September 23 – December 9, 2020)
Applications for this program are now closed.

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.

Women’s Leadership for Community Development

(October 5 – November 20, 2020)
Applications for this program are now closed.

This online program will provide inspiration for women around the world (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) to enhance their leadership capacities for citizen-led community-driven development and create spaces for social change to occur. Read more about the Women’s Leadership for Community Development.

Developmental Evaluation 

(October 19 – November 29, 2020)
Applications for this program are now closed.
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. Read more about the Developmental Evaluation course.

Citizen-Led Accountability: Strategies and Tools

(November 2 – December 18, 2020)
Applications for this program are now closed.
Through case studies from around the world and intentional peer learning, you will learn innovative practices to engage citizens, monitor government actions, seek accountability, prevent corruption, and improve essential public services. Read more about the Citizen-Led Accountability course.

Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding for Community Development

(January 18 – March 21, 2021)
Applications for this program are now closed.
In this course, participants will examine conflict and peace through a community development perspective, engage in a range of activities to build their skills in non-violent communication, conflict analysis, and conflict resolution. Read more about the Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding course.

Indigenous Approach to Asset-based, Community-driven Development (IABCD): Principles, Methods & Tools for Practice

These workshops, open to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit participants residing in Canada, will provide an Indigenous approach to community-driven development and include the introduction of practical and straightforward community-building tools. Read more about the IABCD workshop.


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.