Programs of study in adult general education

Programs of study in adult general education are divided into two types of training: Common Core Basic Education (CCBE) and Diversified Basic Education (DBE). CCBE involves instructional services in literacy, presecondary and Secondary Cycle One. DBE involves instructional service in Secondary Cycle Two.

Alongside these instructional services are the programs of study associated with instructional services in francization, social integration, socio-vocational integration and pedagogical support, each of which has its own program of study. Other instructional services are also offered as part of basic general education, such as vocational training preparation services and preparatory services for post-secondary studies.

Common Core Basic Education

The Common Core Basic Education (CCBE) program (PDF 916 Kb) consists of 15 programs of study spanning three levels: Literacy, Presecondary and Secondary Cycle One.

Diversified Basic Education

The Diversified Basic Education (DBE) program (PDF 1.04 Mb) is an adaptation for adult learners of the Québec Education Program, Secondary Cycle Two. Thus, the subject areas, broad areas of learning and cross-curricular competencies in both programs are the same. However, in the application of the guidelines specific to adult education, programs of study are divided into courses. In addition, a certain number of programs of study have been added to meet the needs of adult learners.


These programs of study share the common goal of promoting the development of competencies in oral communication, comprehension, reading and writing. Adults learn to use communication strategies and knowledge effectively, and to broaden and consolidate their repertoire of knowledge and strategies.

Mathematics, Science and Technology

These programs of study provide unique opportunities to develop rigour, reasoning ability, intuition, creativity and critical thinking skills through systematic observation, questioning, experimentation, and the use of the languages of mathematics, science, technology and computers.

Social Sciences

These programs of study focus on essential knowledge related to citizenship, rights and responsibilities, democratic values and characteristics of a collectivity. They help adult learners construct their identities by giving them access to cultural references that allow them to become conscious of their citizenship. They help adult learners learn to look at their own opinions and values, question them and adopt a critical distance in order to assess them.

Personal Development – Common Core Basic Education

These programs of study highlight the importance of adult learners acquiring the tools needed to exercise their social roles, and to develop autonomy and a sense of responsibility in various aspects of their physical, psychological, interpersonal and social lives.

Working Life – Common Core Basic Education

These programs of study directly concern adult learners’ occupational activity and fulfillment. They also promote the adult learners’ active participation in the community and society at large by familiarizing them with a role that can influence their daily lives.

Personal Development – Diversified Basic Education

These programs of study enable adult learners to develop values such as commitment, self-affirmation, solidarity, equality and respect, and qualities such as self-confidence, trust, willingness to make an effort, autonomy and a sense of responsibility.

Career Development – Diversified Basic Education

These programs of study give adult learners opportunities to develop their personal and occupational identity. Through exploration, reflection and experimentation activities, adult learners define their interests, discover their talents and arrive at a better understanding of the role they may play as active members of society.

Sociovocational Integration

Sociovocational Integration Services are intended to provide adult learners with the means to develop their employability, to enter the labour market and to remain employed. These services are also available to adult learners who wish to continue their studies.

Committing to Success

The Committing to Success program enables adult education centres to provide individualized support to adults returning to studies and to adult learners experiencing difficulties with their studies.

Last update: May 24, 2024


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