Learning at a Distance

Distance education is a method of teaching and learning in which you may not be required to be physically present at specific locations or times during your term of study. Instead, you communicate remotely with your teachers and complete course work using print and/or electronic materials. One of the major benefits of distance education is that it meets your need for a flexible schedule by allowing you to learn at your own pace and at times and locations convenient to you.

Over 600 Alberta schools (and over 40,000 students) use ADLC.

Courses taken at ADLC appear on transcripts the same way as those taken at any other Alberta school.

Why Choose ADLC?

Here are a few key advantages of taking distance education from us…


You can work at any time (Early bird? Night owl? Doesn’t matter), any pace (fast track or take your time), and any place (no, really). We have four campuses in Alberta, located in Edmonton, Barrhead, Calgary, and Lethbridge. We also have professional teachers whose job it is to help make your educational experience a success. ADLC teachers are available in person or by phone, email, and Skype.


ADLC teachers are available to assist you in all subjects. Regular office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays (excluding holidays), but view your teacher’s staff profile to determine their individual availability. Math and Science teachers are also available to provide additional assistance from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday.


ADLC offers quality academic upgrading courses at competitive prices. We don’t charge registration, campus, or technology fees. If you’re a school-aged resident of Alberta, ADLC courses are funded through Alberta Education at no cost to you.

For more information visit our Tuition, Fees & Funding page.

Open Enrolment

ADLC doesn’t have semesters; courses are self-paced and can be started and completed at any time within one year* from the date of registration.

Adult students are also not required to have prerequisites to register in a course.


ADLC offers almost 300 courses for Grades 1–12. The majority of these courses are available in either online or print (no internet required) formats. This includes all high school courses required for graduation and prerequisite courses for Alberta college, technical institute, and university programs.


Credits for courses at ADLC are accepted at all post-secondary institutions in Alberta and beyond. When you enrol in upgrading courses at ADLC, you can be assured that you’re taking courses based on the Alberta Program of Studies. This means your courses can be used as prerequisites at any post-secondary institution in Alberta and many post-secondary institutions outside of the province.

Credits for completed courses will also appear on your official Alberta transcript.

You should be aware that in some cases, adult upgrading courses taken at institutions other than ADLC can be used as prerequisites only at the institution that administers the courses. Some institutions are also unable to offer credits for courses (that is, completed courses will not appear on your Alberta transcript).

For registration questions, contact us:

Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). If you reside in Barrhead, Edmonton, Calgary, or Lethbridge, you may prefer to call locally:

Find out more about our different campuses across Alberta.

Open the door to possibility

We reach beyond physical barriers to provide distance learning for students and resources for teachers. There's no better time than now.

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