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Applications open:
June 1, 2024
Applications close:
September 15, 2024
Next start date:
January 2025

Do you need to certify or recertify as a teacher in British Columbia? Have you been out of the classroom for a while? HEART acts as a refresher program for teachers and enables you to update your teaching experience and get certified to teach in B.C. by the Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB) of the B.C. Ministry of Education.


Designed for

Teachers who have their B.C. certification and who are seeking a current practicum report, as well as teachers with lapsed BC certification or certification outside of B.C. who are seeking new B.C. certification.

Program Structure

  • One semester
  • Two-week on-campus orientation
  • 10-12 week practicum

Intake Schedule

HEART is offered in the fall and spring semesters, and space is limited. 

Next Start Terms

  • Fall 2024
  • Spring 2025


Program Design

HEART is designed to allow educators to get reacquainted with the B.C. school system, update their teaching experience, and get certified by the Teacher Certification Branch (TCB) of the B.C. Ministry of Education. HEART also enables teachers from outside B.C. to get certified to teach in B.C.

Schedule & Courses

This one-semester, 12-unit program (EDUC 406) involves a two-week orientation on the Burnaby campus, followed by a 10-12 week practicum in a B.C. public school in the Metro Vancouver area.

EDUC 406 - Supervised Observation and Teaching (12 units)

Supervised Observation and Teaching

EDUC 406

Education 406 is designed for those who need to meet BC certification requirements. It is a supervised orientation/observation/teaching sequence of approximately ten weeks, in a BC public school. This practicum is designed as an opportunity to familiarize students with the British Columbia school system and update their teaching skills. EDUC 406 is not applicable toward the credit requirements for a degree or diploma, i.e. not counted in total units. Grading will be on a pass/withdrawal basis. Prerequisite: Permission will not be given to students without previous teaching experience. Students must successfully complete a Criminal Record Check.


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School Placement

Experience teaching during a practicum placement in a B.C. K-12 public school in the Metro Vancouver Area.


Curious to know more about the program?


What do I need to do if my certificate has lapsed?

You must contact the Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB) to see if this program is right for you.

Do I also submit an application to SFU Undergraduate Admissions in addition to my HEART application?

Yes. You must apply to SFU undergraduate admissions by the appropriate deadline date. If you are a previous SFU student, you must apply for reactivation.

Am I responsible for finding my own practicum placement?

No. The Placement Coordinators arrange all practicum placements. Students are not to solicit or make practicum placement requests. While every effort is made to place students in schools within a reasonable distance from their homes, students should be prepared to travel up to 90 km (approximately one hour by car and longer by transit) to their school placement.

Will I be able to work at the same time that I am in the HEART program?

HEART students are strongly discouraged from working while in the HEART program. EDUC 406 requires students to participate in a full-time practicum in a school-based classroom, and participating in paid work outside of this committment to the classroom could compromise the successful completion of the program.


If you have questions about HEART not covered on our website, contact our admissions team.

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