Professional Development Program

Admission Requirements

The PDP's admission requirements vary based on interest in teaching at the elementary or secondary level. During the online application process, applicants will be asked to select their grade-level preference. While most applicants generally have a single preference, they can select a second preference if they meet the elementary and secondary requirements. The French module also has additional admission requirements. 

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SFU Admission Requirement

All PDP applicants must be admissible to SFU at the undergraduate level. For the September 2018 PDP intake, applicants must apply to SFU at the undergraduate level by February 15, 2018.

Education Course Requirement - January 2018 intake only

Students who have been accepted into the January 2018 PDP intake may complete an Education course prior to the start of the program.  If an Education course is not completed prior to the start of PDP, an additional Education course must be completed during the summer semester of the program to satisfy Teacher Regulation Branch certification requirements.  An acceptable Education course usually has EDUC in its course prefix and covers topics appropriate to the Elementary or Secondary grade levels.  Please note that the following SFU EDUC courses are not acceptable: EDUC 199, 211, 212, 342, and 351.

SFU Literacy Requirement

All PDP applicatns must meet SFU's literacy requirement. Applicants who have completed a post-secondary English course transferable to SFU with a C- or better automatically meet this requirement. There are also other ways to meet the literacy requirement. Please visit the SFU literacy requirement page for more information.

SFU Quantitative Requirement - B.Ed. as a second degree only

To complete a B.Ed. as a second degree during the PDP, applicants must meet SFU's quantitative requirement in order. This is required to enroll in a Q course during the professional coursework semester. There are many ways to meet the quantitative requirement. Please visit the SFU quantitative requirement page for more information.

French Language Assessment - French module only

Applicants who are applying to the French module must submit a French language assessment with their PDP application.     

Teacher Certification Requirement

To teach K-12 in BC schools, student teachers must meet the teacher certification requirements set out by the Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB) of the BC Ministry of Education. In some cases, the PDP's requirements may be higher than the TRB's. This is because the PDP is designed to prepare teachers for the challenges of K–12 schooling in B.C., while TRB’s must also consider inter-provincial certification.

Criminal Record Check

Once accepted into the program, all applicants must clear a Criminal Records Check with Vulnerable Sector Search. This can be done through SFU Student Services. People who have been convicted of a criminal offence should contact the TRB for clarification of their status before applying to a teacher education program.