PROFESSIONAL LINKING PROGRAM (PLP)

Contact PLP Admissions:

  • Phone: 778-782-8974
  • Email: spassist@sfu.ca
  • Fax: 778-782-8119

Application Evaluation Process

PLP applications go through a six-step process:

1. Wait for all transcripts to arrive

After applications are submitted online, they may not advance to the next stage of the evaluation process until all transcripts are received by the PLP Admissions office.

2. Check for minimum academic requirements

The PLP advisor reviews each application to:

  • Determine whether the applicant meets the minimum experience requirement of 2 years in a paraprofessional role at the time of application
  • Calculate the GPA for the last 60 credits and ensure the applicant meets the required minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Determine whether the applicant will meet the minimum academic requirements for the grade level and/or subject(s) they wish to teach

Only those applicants that meet the minimum requirements will be passed on to the reviewing stage.

3. Review the application materials

a. Two members of the admissions committee review the online application materials and complete a reviewing form.

b. If there is something in the application materials that raises a concern (such as, but not limited to, evidence of falsified, misleading, plagiarized, or ghost-written materials), that application is put aside until the concern can be explored by the admissions administration. If the concern is legitimate, the application will be removed from consideration. Otherwise, the application returns to the regular review process without penalty.

4. Create composite scores

Once the reviews are done, the scores of the reviews are combined with the scores of the recommendation writers to create ratings in seven key dimensions. These dimensions are then combined into a composite score.

Application scoring dimensions and their weights:

Dimension

Portion of Composite

Experience working with children and youth

18%

Interpersonal proficiencies and dispositions

18%

Proficiency with written communication

14%

Leadership experience and potential

14%

Work proficiencies

14%

Experience and proficiency with supporting learning

11%

Academic Strength

11%

The final composite score is on a scale of 0 to 4 and can be interpreted similarly to a Grade Point Average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale.

Composite score ranges and their interpretation:

Composite range

Interpretation

3.5+

Very strong

3.0-3.49

Strong

2.5-2.99

Okay

2.0-2.49

Weak

Less than 2.0

Very weak

5. Make decisions according to the number of seats

An ordered list is made based on composite scores. The top 32 applications will receive a seat in the competition first. Those with composite scores too low to be considered are marked as ‘inadmissible.’

Students whose composite scores are acceptable, but too low on the competition list to receive an offer will be put on a waitlist. Due to a small cohort, the waitlist never exceeds 10 applicants each intake.

6. Inform applicants of the decisions in email

Applicants are informed about their admission status by email, typically by mid-April of the same year of the program intake.

Applicants who are waitlisted or not accepted into the program have the opportunity to meet with the PLP Advisor to discuss their admission decision.