Indigenous Adult Basic Education

Credential: Graduation Diploma  Ι  Credits: 5 courses in Adult Basic Education  Ι  Offered: Sept, Jan, or April

Program Description

The Indigenous Adult Basic Education (formerly known as the Adult Dogwood), program prepares students for post-secondary education. IABE is accredited by the Ministry of Advanced Education and affiliated with the Vancouver Community College. This program incorporates an Indigenous perspective by offering Cultural Studies, Self-Government, and First Nation Studies. Our Provincial Level English courses use literature completed by Indigenous authors to provide a cultural and philosophical worldview. After completing this program, graduates will meet the Grade 12 prerequisite requirements for post-secondary education.

Career Path

Our graduates continue their post-secondary education at Native Education College by taking one of the certificate or diploma programs, including:

  • Health Care Assistant
  • Aboriginal Justice Studies
  • Family and Community Counselling

Graduation requirements include the successful completion of five courses in Adult Basic Education.

Please note: The courses offered each semester depending on enrolment. The NEC Native Education College reserves the right to make any changes to scheduled courses as necessary, including cancellation.

Prerequisite for Post-Secondary

The Indigenous Adult Basic Education program meets the prerequisite requirements for post-secondary education. For more info, please see the BC Adult Graduation Diploma website.

Program Summary


1 to 4 terms depending on assessment


September, January, or April


5 courses in Adult Basic Education


BC Adult Graduation Diploma


Part-time or Full-time


Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm


Meets Grade 12 prerequisite requirements for post-secondary education 


Admission Requirements


How to Apply

  • 18 years old or older
  • High school transcript
  • Completed CAAT assessment
  • Interview with Program Coordinator

In-Person: 235 East 5th Avenue, Vancouver BC. (We are located just off Main Street)

By Fax: Fax your application to our admissions office at (604) 873-1440

Online: Complete and submit your Online Application

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*Effective September 1, 2017, Adult Basic Education is tuition-free at Native Education College and 18 other post-secondary institutions in British Columbia.

Course Calendar

Course Schedule

Biology 060 First Nations Studies 080
Education and Career Planning 040

Math Algebra 060

Education and Career Planning 080

Math Developmental 061

English 040 Business and Technical Math 062
English 060 Psychology 080

English Composition 080

Self-Government 080

First Peoples English 081 Social Justice and Indigenous Approaches 080
First Nation Studies 060  


Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $0
Fees: $150.00
Books: $0
UPass: $172.00
Total Cost: $322.00

For more information, contact:

Admissions Department
(604) 873-3772 Ext. 328