PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (PDP)
Successful completion of the PDP will result in a recommendation to the BC Teacher Regulation Branch for a Teaching Certificate.
You must meet the admission requirements for the PDP, including the specific minimum requirements for entry into the Elementary level or Secondary level of the PDP.
You must also be admissible to SFU at the undergraduate level.
Minimum Requirements for applying to the PDP
Entrance into the Professional Development Program is competitive. Most years, about 50% of applicants eventually enrol in the program for the start date to which they applied. For applications to be considered, they must meet the following minimum requirements:
|PDP Admission Minimum Requirements||Elementary Applicants||Secondary Applicants||Complete:
By Time of Application
|Complete: 1 Full Semester Before Starting PDP||Complete: Before Starting PDP
|A 4-year bachelor degree||✅||✅||✅|
|GPA of 2.5 or higher||✅||✅||✅|
|Two English courses, which include a minimum of 3 units of English Literature **||✅||✅||✅|
|SFU literacy requirement
|SFU quantitative requirement (B.Ed. 2nd degree only)||✅||✅||✅|
|1 Canadian history course||✅||✅|
|1 Canadian geography course||✅||✅|
|Math 190 (principles of mathematics for teachers) or equivalent||✅||✅|
|1 laboratory science||✅||✅|
|1 education course||✅||✅||*||*||*|
|A major in a teachable subject or a minor in two teachable subjects||✅||✅|
|French Language Appraisal (French module only - contact OFFA)||✅||✅||✅|
*Recommended Education Course
Completion of an acceptable Education (EDUC) course prior to PDP is recommended. If an Education course is not complete prior to PDP, an additional Education course must be completed during the summer semester of the program to satisfy the TRB certification requirement.
An acceptable course in Education is any course with "EDUC" in its course prefix, covering topics appropriate to the Elementary or Secondary grade levels; the following SFU EDUC courses are not acceptable: EDUC 199, 211, 212, 342, 351
French literature and composition may be substituted for applicants to the French language PDP; however, this option may prohibit completing a B.Ed. as a second degree within PDP.
Chart of Acceptable Courses
To help you with your selection, we have provided a Chart of Acceptable Courses offered by Simon Fraser University and other B.C. post-secondary level institutions, that will satisfy our prerequisites.
Secondary Applicants Teachable Subjects and Areas
To teach in secondary schools, you must have completed one major or two minors in teachable subjects. The exact requirements for majors and minors in various disciplines (mathematics, English, etc.) differs by faculty and department. However,
- a major is approximately 15 to 18 units of lower division coursework (100 & 200 level courses), plus approximately 30 units of upper division coursework (300 & 400 level courses), all in one subject; while
- a minor is approximately 12 to 15 units of lower level coursework, plus approximately 18 units of upper division coursework in one subject.
Please refer to the Simon Fraser University Calendar for specific major/minor requirements of a particular faculty or department.
Not all university majors and minors will translate into teachable subjects in British Columbian Secondary Schools.
- World Literature
- Applied Mathematics
- Biological Sciences
- Earth Science
- Music (Program starting in January only)
- Visual Arts (Program starting in January only)
- Social Studies (click to see qualifying majors/minors and required courses)
Additional Teachable Areas (must be combined with another teachable area)
- Theatre (Program starting in January only)
- Dance (Program starting in January only)
- Computing Science
- Physical Education (Kinesiology)
The French Language Appraisal (FLA) is a written and oral test in French, required of applicants to the French Module only and scheduled through the Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs (OFFA). Applicants interested in the French Module should contact that office to arrange the FLA at the time they are submitting their application and complete it one semester before their enrolment in PDP. OFFA will directly forward the completed FLA results to the PDP admissions office.
We calculate your gradepoint average using the most recent two years (approximately 60 units) of undergraduate coursework complete at the time of application. (This may include post-degree coursework). Applicants with a gradepoint below 2.5 (on the 4.33 point scale) in this calculation will not be considered.
To be eligible to enrol in the first semester of PDP, Integration of Theory and Practice, students must meet SFU’s literacy requirements. Students who have completed a post-secondary English course transferable to SFU with a C- or better automatically meet this requirement. There are other ways to meet it as well. For details see SFU's webpage on the literacy requirement o.
The Integration of Theory and Practice semester for PDP consists of two courses (EDUC 401W, and EDUC 402W), both of which are “writing intensive o” (or “W”) courses. Writing intensive courses at SFU are designed to improve student writing by including a significant amount of coursework and feedback related to discipline-specific forms of writing. To be eligible to enrol in a W course, students must meet SFU’s literacy requirements.
Successful PDP applicants must meet SFU’s literacy requirement by the time they need to enrol in 401W/402W. See the application checklist for dates f.
In order to declare and complete a B.Ed. as a 2nd degree students must be eligible to enroll in a Q course. Students must meet SFU's quantitative requirements. There is more than one way to meet this requirement. For details see SFU's webpage on the quantitative requirement.
We’ve all watched teachers as students. Being one is a very different experience. The following four courses/experiences will help you decide whether teaching is the right career for you and make your application stronger.
- Experience observing/volunteering in a K-12 classroom (preferably in BC) and speaking with the teacher about that experience
- 1–2 courses in Education covering topics appropriate to the Elementary or Secondary grade levels; the following SFU EDUC courses are not acceptable:
EDUC 199, 211, 212, 342, 351
- Experience working with children or youth
- Experience helping others learn (e.g. tutoring, coaching, camp counselor, running workshops for other undergraduates, etc.)
Elementary teachers often teach art, music and physical education to their students, therefore the following related course work or experience is a good idea.
- 2 undergraduate courses (6 unit hours) in kinesiology or physical education (or equivalent experience)
- 2 undergraduate courses (6 unit hours) in fine arts (or equivalent experience)
Teacher Certification Requirements
To teach in K–12 schools in British Columbia, individuals must meet the teacher certification requirements set out by the Teacher Regulation Branch of the BC Ministry of Education. In some cases PDP’s requirements are somewhat higher than TRB’s. SFU’s requirements are meant to prepare teachers for the challenges of K–12 schooling in British Columbia, while TRB’s must also foster inter-provincial certification.
|TRB Requirement||Pre-PDP||Integration Semester||Teaching Semester||Coursework Semester|
|6 units of English||✅|
|48 unit hours in teacher preparation||15||15||15–18*|
3 units on teaching special needs students
3 units in First Nations pedagogy
10 week teaching practicum
6 units of Canadian Studies (Canadian Geography and History)
3 units of mathematics
3 units of science
A single teaching area of 24 units
*Applicants with an acceptable three unit undergraduate course in education need only take 15 units during the coursework semester.
Once you have been accepted to the PDP, you must clear a Criminal Records Check for working with children and vulnerable adults through SFU Student Services. Persons convicted of a criminal offence and considering a teaching career should write to the Teacher Regulation Branch of the Ministry of Education for clarification of their status before undertaking a teacher education program. The List of Offences can be reviewed on the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General website.