Preparation for the Teacher Education Program (in French)

Teach in French in British Columbia

Explore some of the academic pathways you can choose to pursue a rewarding career teaching French or teaching in French.

Why should you study and teach in French?

  • There is such a high demand for teachers in the Francophone, French Immersion and Core French programs
  • French makes you stand out and increases your chances of landing a teaching job faster at the end of the program
  • Student exchange programs are available
  • You have access to bursaries or awards for studying in French

What are your options?

  • Teach French 
    or
  • Teach in French

How do you get a teaching certificate in British Columbia?

  • Step 1: Get your Bachelor Degree
  • Step 2: Complete a teacher education program (Professional Development Program - French Module)

Step 1: Decide what you want to teach and choose the courses to complete your Bachelor degree.

The prerequisites for teaching elementary and secondary are quite different. To teach at the elementary level, you are required to have general knowledge in several subjects whereas to teach at the secondary level, you are required to focus on one or two teachable subjects.

Find out what prerequisite courses are required for admission into the teacher education programs to make sure that you include them in your undergraduate studies.

Maintain or improve your French language skills

SFU offers several options for you to maintain or improve your French language skills throughout your studies. As well as your academic preparation, your level of French is key to choosing what and in which program you want to teach (Francophone, Immersion or Core French). You must take the DELF/DALF exam to complete your application to the French Module of the teacher education program.

Explore some of the options:

Major in French with Concentration for Prospective Teachers

  • Combination of education and French courses
  • A study semester in France of Quebec

French Cohort Program in Public and International Affairs

  • Combination of three study areas: Political Science, French and History
  • Taught in both of Canada's official languages (60% of the courses are taught in French)
  • One semester or a year of studies in Europe or Quebec

Certificate in French-Education

  • French courses to improve your French language competency
  • Education courses focusing on the theory and methods of teaching languages in minority French contexts in British Columbia

Elective courses in French

  • Courses offered in French in a variety of subjects that you can include in your study program.

Student life in French at SFU

  • Activities and events where you can speak French beyond the classroom
  • "Student Life" newsletter to stay on top of job offers and other occasions to interact in French in your community
  • Wide range of services available to assist and support you during your studies in French at SFU

Step 2: Teacher Education program - Professional Development Program - French Module

Check out the PDP French Module website

The Professional Development Program French Module is an intense 16-month program which will provide you with the knowledge and tools for a successful teaching career. The program combines seminars, a practicum in the Francophone community, courses and a long practicum in a school to get you prepared for your future profession.

PDP French Module website

Make sure you meet the admission requirements

Attend a free information session to find out what the requirements are for admission to the PDP French Module. These include professional experience, French language skills, academic prerequisites. You will get detailed information about the program and the application process.

We can help you!

Contact one of our advisors or assistants if you have any questions or need advice on your study program:

Hélène Pouliot
Tel.: 778.782.8744
Email: frenadv@sfu.ca
  • Major in French with Concentration for Prospective Teachers
  • Minor in French (to be combined with another teachable minor)
  • Certificate in French-Education
Rachelle Hiebert
Tel.: 778.782.6858
Email: fcpmgr@sfu.ca
  • French Cohort Program in Public and International Affairs
  • Elective courses in French
Betty Chin
Tel.: 778.782.7646
Email: educprog@sfu.ca
  • Professional Development Program - French Module