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

The online application form for the Janaury 2016 intake is now available HERE. Please see our 'Apply to PDP' page for information.

The deadline for the online application to the January 2016 intake has been extended to May 31, 2015. All supporting documents are still due by May 31, 2015.

Please note the PDP Admissions Office is NOT open on weekends; if you are dropping off your supporting documents in person, you must drop them off by 4pm on Friday, May 29, 2015. The PDP Admissions Office does not have an after-hours dropbox.

Applicants to the September 2015 Intake:

In order to begin classes at SFU, you must also be accepted to SFU Undergraduate Admissions. The deadline to apply to SFU's Fall 2015 semester is April 30, 2015. Late applications to the university will not be accepted.

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.


Note: There will not be a PDP information session offered in May.  

Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Education Building, Room EDB 8680, SFU Burnaby Campus



Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015
11:00 a.m.
Location: Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs (OFFA), Cornerstone Building, Room 198C, SFU Burnaby Campus