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PDP French module

British Columbia needs qualified French teachers. The PDP French module (taught in French) prepares students for teaching in elementary and secondary schools in British Columbia in the following programs:

French as a Second Language (FSL)
Core French
Teaching French as a subject
among general subjects in the English program
French Immersion Teaching French and other subject contents in French
Programme francophone Teaching French and other subject contents in French within the
Conseil scolaire francophone (CSF)

Program details (French)

If you would like to teach in BC’s kindergarten to grade 12 public education sector, you must have a teaching certificate from the Ministry of Education issued through the Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB).

Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Education offers an intensive full-time 12-month teacher education program called the Professional Development Program (PDP). The French Module is called the Programme de formation professionnelle (PFP). When teacher candidates successfully complete the program, they are recommended to the TRB to receive a BC Teaching Certificate. This program is recognized throughout Canada and abroad.

SFU’s PDP is known for its approach based on practical experience in the classroom, reflection on knowledge of educational theory and the development of professional competencies.

There is also unique teacher education program (partially part-time) called the Professional Linking Program (PLP) for paraprofessionals, student support workers, para-educations (social workers, counsellors, settlement workers), adult educations, independent teachers, Early Childhood Educators (ECE trained teachers) and trades, technical and Francophone teachers operating on letters of permission. Applicants must have a minimum of two years experience in their current roles with preference given to work with children and youth at the grade level they wish to teach.

Tuition and fees (suBject to change)

For domestic students, the cost is approximately $8,900 for the year (includes fees for student services, activities, U-pass, recreation and education materiel costs) plus books. 
Tuition fees >>


Ministry of Education
The ministry offers bursaries of up to $1,500 for French teachers in training. 
Bursary application form >>

Canadian Parents for French
Traditionally, bursaries have ranged from $1,000 - $2,000 for students training to teach French Immersion in BC.
Bursary application form >>


Dual Program

  • One semester in Tours, France followed by the PDP French Module
  • Partnership between SFU and Université François-Rabelais de Tours (UFRT)
  • Possibility to obtain the Master 1 diploma from UFRT and the BC Teaching Certificate

Explore Program

  • French language immersion experience
  • Discover the cultural richness of the Canadian francophonie


Ministry of Education Teacher Regulation Branch TRB