PROFESSIONAL LINKING PROGRAM (PLP)
Simon Fraser University has a Code of Academic Integrity and Good Conduct (S10.01 Policy o), which applies to this application. You must produce your own independently written application materials. Plagiarized or ghost-written materials will not be accepted.
Download the PLP Application Checklist to help ensure your application is complete and meets all deadlines.
You may also wish to view the PDP Application Examples. These examples are specifically designed for PDP applicants, and as such the educational backgrounds and work experience in the examples may differ considerably from the average PLP applicant. However, the PLP application and PDP application components are very similar and you may find referring to the examples useful as you prepare your PLP application.
Step 1: Check to ensure you meet the minimum requirements
Review the minimum academic requirements as listed on the Admissions Requirements page. All PLP applicants must complete the English and/or Elementary prerequisite courses at least one full semester prior to the start of the PLP. Contact our office if you have any concerns about meeting the minimum requirements.
Step 2: Prepare your resume
Your resume should include your contact information, your education, your work and volunteer experiences, as well as any honors, awards, special talents, skills or training.
Your resume should:
- be no longer than four single-sided pages;
- be detailed, but in an outline rather than a narrative form;
- list the length of time you were in each position, the average number of hours per week you worked (or volunteered), and your duties.
Please include a detailed summary of the nature of duties, in detail, within each paraprofessional position (CYCW, SEA, CCSW, EA, etc); the name of schools/districts and contact persons; the length of experience in each paraprofessional experience and the total years of experience as a paraprofessional.
When evaluating resumes, we are looking for evidence of knowledge and experiences that will be useful to you if you were to become a teacher, including evidence of experience:
- working with children/youth at the grade level you wish to teach
- engaging in work or activities in an instructional setting
- collaborating and working with others
- showing leadership and/or initiative
- demonstrating organization and time management skills
- engaging with a diverse range of learners
- engaging in novel situations and/or with a diverse range of individuals
- using skills or knowledge related to the subject(s) you wish to teach
It is important to highlight your experiences which relate to the above dimensions.
You will upload your resume to the online application system in PDF format.
Applicants who would like to do their practicum in French and/or take the EDUC 404 (summer) courses in French are encouraged to submit their resume in English and French. They should combine their English resume and French resume into one PDF. The online application has only one document upload button for the resume.
Step 3: Prepare your essay
Choose one or two experiences from your resume and explain:
- What you learned from these experiences that will help you as a future educator;
- What they show about your interest in and potential for pursuing a career in education;
- What questions they raise for you related to teaching and learning;
- Why you chose these examples.
Your essay should be 500–1000 words in length and not exceed two single-sided pages using a 12 point font with 1” margins on all sides.
If you refer to other people in your essay – especially children or youth with whom you have worked – please change their names and describe your experience with them in such a way that you guard their right to privacy.
Proofread your paper carefully. It will be evaluated based on the overall quality of the writing, the evidence it shows of your ability to reflect critically, and how well you demonstrate your potential for and interest in education.
Step 4: Find 3 individuals willing to provide a recommendation on your behalf
The online application will require you to submit three email addresses for individuals who are willing to provide a recommendation (reference) on your behalf. The system will then automatically send these individuals an email requesting they fill out an online recommendation form. You can download the PLP Recommendation Form Questions to review some of the questions your recommendation writers will be asked.
One recommendation must come from a school administrator supporting your PLP application. The other recommendations must come from educators who have observed you interacting with children/adolescents in an educational setting (public and/or independent school).
- we reserve the right to contact recommendation writers to verify the information they provide; and
- recommendations from relatives and close friends are not accepted.
If the individual you ask is willing to write a letter, ask them for an email address you can submit to the application system and explain how the system will send them an email request to complete the form. Inform them of the due date for their recommendation.
TIP: Provide your recommendation writers with a copy of your resume. They may find it useful for writing the recommendation.
Step 5: Complete the online PLP application form
The same system is used for a number of teacher education programs at SFU. You will need to do the following to complete your online application:
- Create an account
- Confirm the account (you will receive a confirmation email)
- Select PLP as the program to which you wish to apply
- Complete an online application form
- Upload your resume and upload your written assignment
- Enter the names and email addresses for three people whom the system will ask to complete a recommendation form for you
- Pay an application fee ($60 CAD) using Paypal. (The Paypal system will accept a credit card or an interact/Visa card if you don't have a Paypal account)
- Submit your application
You may start your application early and work on it over time. You may review, edit, or change your application at any time until you click the final submit button. After that time, you cannot change your application or any of your submitted materials. Your application form, resume, essay, application fee, and recommendation forms must all be complete by the application deadline before you can press the final submit button.
Step 6: Arrange for transcript delivery to the PLP Admissions office
You must submit sealed, official, paper copies of transcripts from every post-secondary institution (other than SFU) you have attended, including transcripts from institutions where the coursework completed was used for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. If you have received post-secondary credit for AP or IB courses, you will also need to send copies of those transcripts.
Transcripts should be sent directly from each post-secondary institution to the PLP Admissions office:
Special Programs Office, Faculty of Education
Central City Galleria 5
Simon Fraser University
250-13450 102 Avenue
Surrey, BC V3T 0A3
You do not need to send us your SFU transcript. We can access those directly.
TIP: If you are requesting transcripts from institutions outside BC, you should start this step as far in advance of the deadline as possible.
All transcripts must be received by the PLP Admissions office by January 31.
Step 7: If accepted to the PLP, apply to SFU Undergraduate Admissions
If accepted to the PLP, you will be required to apply for admission to SFU. You must apply to the University by the September 15 deadline in order to start the PLP in January. Applicants accepted to PLP who do not apply to SFU by the application deadline will not be able to enroll in the PLP.
You will be required to submit transcripts from all educational institutions you have attended to the SFU Undergraduate Admissions office to support your undergraduate application to SFU. Unfortunately, the PLP Admissions office and the SFU Undergraduate Admissions office are not able to share documents. For information on submitting documents to SFU Undergraduate Admissions, please see this page.
If you were a previous SFU student, you must apply for readmission OR reactivation. More information regarding readmission or reactivation can be found on this page. If you are unsure which one applies to you, please contact SFU Student Services.
Questions regarding SFU Undergraduate Admissions
The PLP Admissions office does not handle SFU Undergraduate applications. For more information regarding admission to SFU, please contact SFU Student Services: