Teacher Education

Inspire future generations in French

Qualified French teachers are in extremely high demand in all the French programs in British Columbia and in Canada (Core French, French Immersion and Francophone Program).

Did you graduate from a French immersion program or study French at high school or university? Have you lived or studied in a Francophone environment? If so, you may want to consider the French Module in the SFU's Teacher Education Programs.

Teacher Education Programs (PDP and PLP - French Module) focuse on the specific context of teaching in French in B.C. and prepare you to teach French or teach other subjects in French.

Choosing the French Module at SFU may give you access to bursaries and awards specific to studies in French. You will also have the opportunity to develop your network within the francophone community as well as within the French teaching community.

Why teach French or in French?

  • To have access to a rewarding career upon graduation
  • To be a part of a passionate community committed to educating and inspiring future generations
  • To have access throughout your studies and career to bursaries and professional development opportunities reserved to teaching in French
  • And finally, to contribute to the vitality of the national and even international Francophonie!

Why choose SFU?

SFU's Faculty of Education is renowned for the quality of its programs.  Preservice Professional Studies (PPS) offer a unique differentiated or complementary staffing model which teams tenure track Education Faculty with seconded, highly effective teachers selected from school districts throughout the province. The programs combine theory and practice adapted to today's classrooms.

Student teachers who successfully complete the programs are recommended to the Teacher Regulation Branch of the BC Ministry of Education for a Teaching Certificate. 

The French Module prepares you for possible future teaching opportunities in Core French, French Immersion or in Francophone schools:

  • Core French / French as a Second Language (FSL): Teach a French class in the English program
  • French Immersion: Teach French and other teachable subjects in French
  • Francophone Program: Teach French and other teachable subjects in French in schools belonging to the Francophone School District - Conseil scolaire francophone (CSF)

Professional Development Program (PDP) - French Module

The program is made up of a combination of practical experiences and professional coursework which integrate the understanding of grand educational theories and the application of pedagogical practices in the classroom.

  • Start date: September of each year
  • Duration: 16 months (4 semesters)
  • Delivery mode: in person, full-time
  • Location: SFU Burnaby campus 
  • Language of instruction: bilingual program taught primarily in French, with some courses and seminars in English
  • Next intake: September 2024
  • Applications: October 1, 2023 to January 31, 2024


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Professional Linking Program - French Module

This program is designed 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. 

  • Start date: January of each year
  • Duration: 16 months (4 semesters)
  • Mode of delivery: in-person and online, including a part-time component
  • Locations: SFU Surrey and Burnaby campuses.
  • Language of instruction: bilingual training. See note below
  • Next intake: January 2025
  • Admission period: October 1, 2023 to January 31, 2024

NOTE: Students are enrolled in the English module, but may be placed in French placements. During the summer session (EDUC 404), students may choose courses in French. Proof of French language proficiency is required. 

Depending on enrolment, the full program (all sessions and practicums) may also be offered in French.


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Preparation - Academic Pathways

Considering a career in teaching? SFU has a number of French-language programs and resources to help you prepare and meet the academic requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Professional Programs.

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