Inclusion, Interaction and Connection in the French Classroom (Delivered Online) - Fall 2021


1.  Before Applying (Admission Requirements and Documents)

a) Meet all the admission requirements for SFU and your program. Exceptions

b) Know the name of your program and the term it begins. This information is found at the top of this page.

c) Have a valid credit card to pay the application fee (Visa or Mastercard). Please contact the Advanced Professional Studies office before completing your online application if you do not have either of these credit cards.

d) Have contact information for two references, including their email addresses.

We strongly recommend that you obtain letters of reference from administrators or colleagues. Please note that colleagues may not provide a reference if they are also applying to the same Graduate Diploma in Education program.

Reference letters must be specific to this application and must address your:

  • engagement in ongoing professional development
  • participation in collaborative learning and teaching
  • willingness and ability to critically examine professional practice, and
  • any other personal or professional qualities that may support your application (for example, organization, commitment and follow-through, interpersonal skills, etc.)

e) Be prepared to gather the required supporting documents. You will be prompted to upload the following documents after your application has been submitted and your application fee has been paid:

  • Newly issued paper official transcript(s) – we do not accept official electronic transcripts
  • Statement of interest
  • Concise summary of professional educational assignments
  • Photocopy of valid teaching certificate or relevant professional experience
  • Photocopy of current TQS category card
  • Additional documentation if your undergraduate GPA is below 2.5

(See #3 below for more details on these requirements.)

  • Suited for: K - 12 French Educators (Core French, French Immersion, Francophone)
  • Format: Interactive, experiential online sessions with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous classes. Potential that the one-week, Summer Institutes (August 22-26, 2022 and August 21-25, 2023) are face-to-face.
  • Start Term: Fall 2021 (Sep)
  • End Term: Summer 2023 (Aug)
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  • Application Deadline: July 23, 2021
  • 2021/22 Tuition*: $326.69/unit
  • (Students register for 5 units per term)
    *Subject to estimated 2% fee increase each September. 
    French Education bursaries and grants available (for more information, see 'Tuition and Fees' tab)



2. Apply Online

In the online application system, select the following:

Department: Education
Program: Graduate Diploma in Education (Advanced Professional Studies)
Specialization:  Inclusion, Interaction and Connection in the French Classroom, Fall 2021
Start Date/Term: Fall 2021

3.  Online Submission of Supporting Documents (PDF uploads)

The Online Application System will request that you upload the following documents in pdf form:

a) Transcript(s) from a recognized university/ies showing your undergraduate degree.   Please ensure that all pages are uploaded, including the grading scale (found on the back).

Note:  A hard paper copy of original transcripts in its original sealed envelope OR an electronic version of each official transcript must also be submitted to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. (See #4 below)

Applicants who attended SFU only do not need to send official transcripts. 

b) Statement of interest. Please consider the following questions as you prepare your statement of interest:

  • What interested you in this program?
  • What do you hope to learn?  How do you think this program might enhance your work in education?
  • What previous professional development and/or coursework (if any) have you had in this area?
  • In what ways do you see yourself contributing to a learning community of colleagues?

c) Concise summary of professional teaching assignments. These should be listed from current to past.  The summary can be in resume format.

d) Photocopy of valid professional teaching certificate. Please upload the 8½”x11” British Columbia Ministry of Education Certificate of Qualification.

e) Photocopy of current TQS Category card. If you cannot find your card you must either apply to TQS for a replacement card, or submit a copy of a recent pay slip showing your TQS category if this is shown.  (NB:  not all district payslips provide this information.)

f) Applicants with undergraduate GPAs less than 2.5.

If your undergraduate GPA is less than 2.5 you must also include evidence of your commitment to successful completion of an academic program of study at the graduate level, which may take the form of:

  • an illustration of changes in attitude toward learning and professional development since their undergraduate experience; and/or
  • a description of any difficulties that complicated those earlier studies.

4.  Submit Official Transcripts

a) Official Transcripts

Either paper originals or certified copies. In some cases, we can accept official electronic transcripts.

Canadian transcripts: we can receive electronic transcripts directly from the institutions listed here: For any of these institutions, please have your institution(s) send the transcript directly to

International transcripts: we can accept securely delivered, password-protected or encrypted digital transcripts directly from your institution, (via services such as Parchment). If this option is available, please have your institution(s) send the transcript directly to

(Note: You do not need to submit SFU transcripts.)

You can arrange to have the transcript sent directly to SFU from the issuing institution, OR you may mail it directly to SFU provided it is in its original sealed envelope. 

If your original documents are not in English or French, please include a certified translation into English or French and a certified copy of the documents.

IMPORTANT: Applicants from universities that do not issue transcripts are required to submit official documents showing contents of degree program completed and the standards or grades obtained.

Please mail your official transcripts to:

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies​
Simon Fraser University
MBC1100 - 8888 University Dr., Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6​

Please note the following:

  • Admission to the GDE is competitive and if we receive more applications than we can accommodate, they will be considered in the order that complete packages are received.
  • Applications and ALL supporting documents must be received by the posted deadlines in order to guarantee consideration for admission.
  • If cohort capacity is reached before the deadline, applications may be closed early.
  • Priority will be given to teachers from sponsoring districts; however, applicants from other districts can often be accommodated.
  • Teachers receiving Tuition Fee Credits for supervising student teachers from SFU's Professional Programs may apply these to fees in a Graduate Diploma Program. Please see our fees page and the Tuition Fee Credit webpage for more information.

If you have any questions about the application process please e-mail Siân Owen at or call her at 778.782.4892 and she will be happy to assist you.

Additional information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page as well as in the Student Calendar.