PLP Application

The online application for the 2015 PLP is now closed. The deadline for the 2016 PLP program will be January 15, 2016. The PLP 2016 application should be available in mid-October, 2015. 

Supporting Documents

You may submit your supporting documents in one package at once or in several pieces. Our office will assemble your application as we receive your documents.

Submit supporting documents by the supporting document deadline. Submission of documents after this deadline may result in the rejection of the application as incomplete.

Your full name must be clearly indicated on all supporting documents.

In an effort to reduce the amount of paper being used, we ask that applications include only the required supporting documents. Please do not include unnecessary cover letters, cover pages, copies of certificates, folders, plastic sleeves, CDs, DVDs, photographs and any other non-essential documentation. Double sided printing is encouraged when possible.

Submit the following supporting documents:

Mail or deliver supporting documents to:

Special Programs Office

5th Floor Galleria, 5203
250-13450 102nd Avenue
Surrey, B.C.
Canada V3T 0A3

Phone: 778.782.8974
Fax: 778.782.8119

A. Written Assignment

We ask you to provide some writing that will give us a sense of your personal dispositions toward teaching and professional development. The requested writing consists of three parts:

Part 1 (maximum 250 words):

Write a story of a particular experience that you have had while working with children or youth. Choose an experience that brought about or illustrates pedagogical sensitivity and an appreciation of the needs and interests of others. In this part, please describe the following:

Context: the setting, the learner or learners, what they were doing, your usual role working with this group (and anything else that you think is important to frame your experience) and

Events: what was said, what was done, what happened in that particular experience

Part 2 (maximum 250 words):

Reflect on that particular experience and tell us what it means to you and how it has changed or shifted your sense of teaching and learning.

Part 3 (maximum 100 words):

What critical questions and areas of further learning stand out after the experience?

These three separate parts will be read together to get a sense of your dispositions toward teaching. The particular dispositions that we try to be sensitive to in our reading are:

  • Pedagogical sensitivity: the consideration of what is right, appropriate and tactful to do with particular learners in particular situation. 
  • Reflective capacity: the ability to reflect on and explore the significance of teaching situations and events.
  • Other directedness: recognizing the differences between children and ourselves and sincerely respecting these differences. This 'other directedness' also applies in how we work with colleagues and parents, how our ways of being are rooted in an awareness of the community nature of teaching and learning and in not placing our needs and perspectives above the needs of all these others.
  • Critical mindedness: the practice of never being content, nor fully satisfied, and certainly never complacent with teaching children or our ideas about teaching.  

B. Resume

Your resume should outline: instructional and non-instructional work experience; brief summary of post-secondary education; travel; skills (i.e. certificates, languages) and other information you consider relevant to your application. This should not be in a narrative or cover letter format, however, details are necessary to explain teaching related experience. Please include the nature of duties, in detail, in each paraprofessional position (YCW, SEA, CEA, EA, etc), the name of schools/districts and contact persons; length of experience in each paraprofessional experience and the total years of experience as a paraprofessional.

C. Letters of Reference

Two confidential letters of reference are required in support of your application. You may submit a third confidential reference if you wish. These letters should be written on school/company letterhead, must be original, and must be signed by the referee. One reference letter must come from a school administrator supporting your PLP application. Other reference letter(s) must come from an educator who has observed you interacting with children/adolescents in an educational setting (public and/or independent school). All references should be mailed directly by the referee in a sealed envelope. Previous applicants to PLP must submit one up-to-date reference and may submit up to 3 new letters (letters on file will be attached to the new application). You may wish to forward the PLP Referee Information Sheet below to each of your referees.

Note: We reserve the right to select references at random and call referees for verification of information provided. Also, applicants may be interviewed at random. References from relatives and close friends are not accepted.  

D. Transcripts

If you are an SFU student and have attended other post-secondary institution(s) you must submit official transcript(s) from those institution(s). The transcripts must be hard copies of your official transcripts. We cannot accept digital copies at this time.  We will obtain your SFU transcript.

All students who apply to PLP must also be eligible for admission to SFU. If you have not attended SFU you will need to apply to SFU for Undergraduate Admission. There are deadline dates and application fees associated with the Undergraduate application and SFU Admissions will also require official transcripts. (If you submit transcripts intended for PLP Admissions to SFU Admissions we cannot retrieve them). PLP applicants who are not admissible to SFU cannot be considered.

If you have been away from SFU more than 3 semesters, or you have recently graduated from SFU, then it will be necessary to apply for readmission to the University online at There are deadline dates and application fees associated with the undergraduate application. Please refer to the website for current information.

Decisions for admission to the PLP are mailed to each applicant prior to the SFU Admissions deadline; we encourage each PLP applicant to apply to SFU Admissions after confirmation of acceptance into PLP.

E. Application Fee

There is a $60 application fee to PLP. You must submit your application fee directly to the PLP Admissions office by cash, cheque, or money order by January 31, 2015. Cheques or money orders can be made payable to SFU.

F. Interview

In some cases, when more information about an applicant's work experience is required, an interview with the Admissions Committee may be scheduled. You will be contacted by the Special Programs Office if required.

Not all applicants will require an interview.