Program Options:
  • Instructor Development Program (IDP Foundations)
  • Advanced Instructor Development Program (IDP Advanced)
  • Education Technology Instructor Development Program (EdTech IDP)

IDP Foundations

The 100-hour Instructor Development Program provides a solid foundation in private sector adult education with a focus on professionalism, instructional design, lesson planning, and assessment. It is comprised of three online courses:

Professional Practice: Teaching in Regulated Career Colleges – IDP101 (20 hours)

This course introduces the subject of Adult Education specifically in the regulated career college sector. It is designed for field experts in any field who are or may plan, administer, and deliver instruction to adults in a Canadian regulated career college sector.

  1. Introduction
  2. Adult Education in Canada and First Nations
  3. The regulated career college sector
  4. Professionalism and Ethics
  5. Teaching vs. Learning
  6. Adult Learning Styles
  7. Coping with Stress
  8. Time Management
  9. Course Evaluation: Online tests and quizzes
Designing Instruction for Adult Education – IDP102 (40 hours)

This course introduces various instructional theories, practices and strategies of Adult Education. It further focuses on the decision-making instructional strategies, a step-by-step design of an instructional unit, and facilitation of various instructional methodologies.

  1. Introduction
  2. Purposes of Education and Training
  3. Expectations and Constraints
  4. Learning Outcomes and Objectives
  5. Evaluation of Learning
  6. Selecting Instructional Material
  7. Sequencing Instruction
  8. Lesson Planning
  9. Instructional Strategies
  10. Evaluation of Instruction
  11. Course Evaluation: Online tests and quizzes.
Assessment and Evaluation – IDP103 (40 hours)

This course introduces assessment and evaluation strategies based on the theories and practices of adult teaching and learning. It further provides teachers with the possibility to self-reflect on their own teaching.

  1. Introduction
  2. An Individual Education Plan
  3. Purposes and Tools of Learner Assessment
  4. Administering and Developing Assessment
  5. Rubrics
  6. Evaluation Theories
  7. Student Evaluation Tools
  8. Testing and Grading Practices
  9. Teacher Evaluation
  10. Supporting Students with Special Needs.
  11. Course Evaluation: Online tests and quizzes.

Prerequisite: There is no prerequisite for this program.

Certificate Requirement: Completion of the three course modules and passing grade (70%) on all tests.

*Participants are allowed up to three attempts on tests.

IDP Advanced

For instructors who would like further training and development the IDP Advanced provides an additional 100 hours with a course focus on learning theory and facilitation.  The Practicum provides opportunity for instructors to get hands-on observation and classroom teaching experience with a more experienced instructor in their field and transforms the online program into a collaborative learning Capstone at the end. *Completion of the IDP Foundations is a prerequisite to register in the IDP Advanced.

Theories in Adult Education – IDP104 (40 hours)

This course looks at the more in-depth study of Adult Education. It describes theories and practices in the field.

  1. Introduction
  2. Participation in Adult Education in Canada
  3. Academic Writing
  4. Adult Education Theories
  5. Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences
  6. Creativity, Humour and Support
  7. Adult vs. Child Learners
  8. Principles of Adult Learners
  9. Teaching vs. Learning
  10. Philosophy of Adult Education
  11. Course Evaluation: Online tests and quizzes.
Facilitating Adult Learning – IDP105 (40 hours)

This course brings the theories closer into practice by describing community and institutional based education and their relationship to Adult Education. Participants will further learn about developing presentation and decision-making skills while facilitating groups and teams.

  1. Introduction
  2. Diversity in Adult Education
  3. Important Trends in Adult Education
  4. Critical Thinking
  5. Leadership
  6. Facilitating Groups and Teams
  7. Community and Adult Education
  8. Non-verbal Communication
  9. Motivating Students
  10. The Future of Adult Education
  11. Course Evaluation: Online tests and quizzes
Instructor Practicum – IDP106 (20 hours)

This course collectively brings the knowledge and skills acquired in the previous courses into practice. It provides hands-on practical experience in either a traditional classroom or e-learning environment. The Practicum may be completed in class or online and is comprised of 10 hours of observation and 10 hours of teaching.

Prerequisite: Completion of the IDP Foundations, or former IDP 1 or IDP 2, is a pre-requisite to register in the IDP Advanced.

Certificate Requirement: Completion of the two course modules, passing grade (70%) on all tests, and a practicum. *Participants are allowed up to three attempts on tests. *The practicum must receive a positive performance review in order to be designated a pass.

EdTech IDP

The latest addition to the NACCs’ IDP series has a focus on Education Technology and includes courses in teaching and designing an online course and social media management. The program is suitable for newbies as well as tech-savvy instructors and educational administrators. It is designed to help bridge the gap between Education and Technology for the professional educator.

Technology for Teaching – IDP 107 (20 hours)

In this course participants will explore a wide range of teaching technology tools and apps. There are over 20 technologies for educators introduced in the course, and they can be used for both teaching children or teaching adults. Participants will be introduced to the current technological trends and learning tools in eLearning

  1. Virtual Teamwork
  2. Social Learning Tools
  3. e-Assessment.

Some examples include: Zoom, Skype, Big Blue Button, Google Meet, Google Classroom, Google Docs, DropBox, YouTube, Pinterest, Slide-Share, TED-ED, Livebinders, Quizlet, Planboard, Animoto, and more!  Upon completion of this course instructors will be able to incorporate a variety of educational technology in their teaching.

Teaching and Designing an Online Course – IDP 108 (20 hours)

This course guides participants through the step-by-step process of the online design of an instructional unit as a final product.

  1. Features of an Effective Online Course Design
  2. Hurdles in Online Teaching/Learning
  3. Learning Styles, Central Management Systems (CMS)
  4. Forms of assessment
  5. Uploading Files
  6. Graphic Organization
  7. Basic Terminology
  8. Evaluation: project – online course outline

Upon completion of this course, participants will know how to effectively teach and design an online course and will have their course uploaded on the Internet.

Social Media Management – IDP 109 (60 hours)

This comprehensive course is for those who would like to learn about a wide variety of social media. Participants will be introduced to the duties and roles of a community manager. They will learn how to establish, navigate, and monitor current online communities and will learn to deliver strategies for community outreach to effectively deliver personal and organizational objectives.

  1. Roles and responsibilities of the social media manager
  2. Social media foundations
  3. Building portfolio
  4. Social networking
  5. Targeting audience
  6. Integrating various social media
  7. Monitoring tools.
  8. Evaluation: Online tests and quizzes.

Social Media outlets introduced in this course include: You Tube, Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, UStream, Vimeo, SlideShare, WordPress, Blogger, Technorati, Tumblr, OnlyWire, Digg, StumbleUpon, Location-Based Networks, Aggregation Tools, and Console Gaming Networks.

Upon completion of this course participants will know how to effectively manage a wide variety of social media.

Prerequisite: There is no prerequisite for this program.

Certificate Requirement: Completion of the three course modules, passing grade (70%) on all tests, and an online course instructional design assignment. *Participants are allowed up to three attempts on tests.


Each program: $625.00 + HST for Member Colleges; $700.00 + HST for Non-member Colleges.

If you have taken an IDP Foundations program and can provide proof by way of a completion certificate, you can take the Advanced program. If you have not taken a Foundations program, you are required to enroll in the IDP Foundations program before taking the Advanced program. The EdTech program can be taken without a prerequisite program.

If you are providing proof of an IDP Foundations program, please email your certificate to after you submit your Registration Form. We will match up the certificate and registration form and provide the information to the instructor so that you can be admitted to the Advanced program.

To register for the one of the Instructor Development programs, follow the link to the Registration Form below:

Once registered, you will receive an invoice for the cost of the program to the email address indicated on the Registration Form. Payment can be made online through our secure payment portal and you will be provided with a receipt upon approval. Once payment has been provided, the Instructor will be notified of your registration and will provide the log-in information for the program. Please allow 48 business hours for the instructor to contact you with your log-in information.

Participants have up to 6 months to complete the program. Once the program has been successfully completed, the certificate and transcript are emailed to the IDP graduate. There are no extensions permitted.

Refund Policy: Once a participant has registered the program fee is non-refundable.