Admissions - Professional Development Program (PDP)

The Professional Development Program (PDP) at SFU is a full-time, three semester program that comprises twelve months of study. The program is made up of a combination of practicum experiences and professional coursework integral to the understanding of important educational ideas and their application to classroom practice. When teacher candidates successfully complete the program they are recommended to the Teacher Regulation Branch of the Ministry of Education to receive a BC Teaching Certificate.

PDP is offered in September and January.


September Intake

January 15 of the same year

January Intake

May 15 of the previous year

Important PDP Notices

January 2016 applicants: In order to begin classes at SFU in January, you must also be accepted to SFU Undergraduate Admissions.  The deadline to apply to SFU's Spring 2016 semester is September 15, 2015. Late applications to the university will not be accepted.

The September 2016 online PDP application and updated instructions should be available from our website in early November 2015.  

Note: All applicants must meet the academic and experiential requirements of the program

PLEASE NOTE: The PDP Admissions Office at the Burnaby campus is located in the Discovery 1 Building, Room 1010. The office is open weekdays from 8:30am - 4pm, and is closed on weekends.

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We strongly encourage all prospective PDP applicants to attend a PDP Information Session prior to applying to the program. Information Sessions are held once a month. If you are unable to attend a session in person, a video is available online on our Information Sessions webpage.


Date: Thursday, October 29, 2015
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Room EDB 8680, Education Building, SFU Burnaby Campus


Date: TBA
Location: Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs (OFFA), Cornerstone Building, Room 198C, SFU Burnaby Campus