Professional Development Program
Explore Your Inner Teacher
The Professional Development Program (PDP), is SFU's long-standing and highly regarded teacher education program. Established in 1965, the PDP has helped to develop over 20,000 teachers in British Columbia.
The PDP focuses on exploring important educational ideas and their application in the classroom through the integration of theory and practice. Unlike other teacher education programs, the PDP uses a combination of Faculty Members and Faculty Associates (highly skilled, seconded teachers) as teacher educators. Student teachers also work in small cohorts thoughout the program and have the opportunity to develop strong working relationships with their peers, teacher educators, and practising K-12 teachers.
Student teachers who successfully complete the 16-month program are recommended by SFU to the Teacher Regulation Branch of the BC Ministry of Education for a Teaching Certificate. There is also an option to complete a Bachelor of Education (BEd) as a second degree during the program.