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Now you’ve submitted your application and all the required documentation, what’s next?
Competition for a seat in the PLP depends on the number of seats available and the number of applications received for each intake. We receive between 170-200 applications for 32 available seats in the PLP each year.
Your application goes through a six-step evaluation process:
Step 1: Wait for all transcripts to arrive
After applications are submitted online, they may not advance to the next stage of the evaluation process until all transcripts are received by the Preservice Professional Studies (PPS) Admissions office.
Step 2: Check for minimum academic requirements
The PPS Admissions Coordinator reviews each application to:
- Determine whether you meet the minimum experience requirement of 2 years in a paraprofessional role at the time of application
- Calculate the GPA for the last 60 credits and ensure you meet the required minimum GPA of 2.0
- Determine whether you will meet the minimum academic requirements for the grade level and/or subject(s) you wish to teach
Only those applicants that meet the minimum requirements will be passed on to the reviewing stage.
Step 3: Review the application materials
- Two members of the admissions team review the online application materials and complete a reviewing form
- If there is something in the application materials that raises a concern (such as, but not limited to, references, evidence of falsified, misleading, plagiarized or ghost-written materials), that application is put aside until the concern can be explored by admissions administration. If the concern is legitimate, the application will be removed from consideration. Otherwise, your application returns to the regular review process without penalty.
Step 4: Create composite scores
Once the reviews are done, the scores of the reviewers are combined with the scores of the reference writers to create ratings in seven key dimensions. These dimensions are then combined into a composite score.
Portion of Composite
Experience working with children and youth
Interpersonal proficiencies and dispositions
Proficiency with written communication
Leadership experience and potential
Experience and proficiency with supporting learning
Academic Strength/Critical reflection
The final composite score is on a scale of 0 to 4 and can be interpreted similarly to a Grade Point Average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale.
Composite score ranges and their interpretation
Less than 2.0
Examples of applications with a summary of their reviews, including composite and dimensions scores, along with advice for improvement are available.
Step 5: Make decisions based on number of seats
- An ordered list is made based on composite scores. The top 32 applications will receive a seat in the competition first. Those with composite scores too low to be considered are marked as ‘inadmissible.’
- Students whose composite scores are acceptable, but too low on the competition list to receive an offer will be put on a waitlist.
Step 6: Inform applicants of the decisions in email
- You will be informed about your admission status by an email from the PPS Admissions office by the end of April
- Applicants who are waitlisted or not accepted into the program have the opportunity to meet with Admissions and Recruitment to discuss their admission decision
The PLP is a competitive program and we receive more applications than we have seats available. Waitlist means that you have neither been offered admission nor denied and are still in the competition for a seat.
Waitlist position is determined by composite score and the number of applicants to each teachable area. We do not immediately give out your waitlist position number, as it could change at any time. As applicants withdraw their application or decline their offer of admission to the PLP, the waitlist number changes.
What do do if you have been waitlisted
- Check your email (including your junk mail/spam folders) for an admission decision on a regular basis.
- Waitlists move all summer. Waitlist position information will be available to applicants starting on August 1, but an offer of admission could be made as late as the start of the program.
- Please email email@example.com for your waitlist position after August 1.
Reasons for appealing an admission decision
We will only consider appeals for the following reasons:
- You have extenuating circumstances (i.e., a serious medical situation) which impacted your ability to meet the Professional Programs admission requirements
- You believe there was an error in processing your application
Note: Additional documentation (or new documentation) may not be added to your application as part of this appeal application.
- Admissions appeals must be submitted by August 15 for PLP's spring intake
- Please allow 10 business days for a response to your appeal
How to apply for an admission appeal
- Make an appointment with the Coordinator of Admission & Recruitment (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss your application
- If after discussing your application you feel you have a basis for appeal you will then be directed to the admission appeal form in Survey Monkey Apply
- You must then submit the appeal form with the required $25 fee by the required deadline
If you have been accepted into the PLP but wish to defer your admission, you may apply to defer your offer of admission for one intake i.e., Spring 2021 to Spring 2022.
- Deferrals are approved for students with medical conditions or with extenuating circumstances that prevent them from entering the program. Documentation is required (e.g. medical note). Requests must be submitted prior to the start of the program.
- Deferrals are not granted for students who plan on attending another post-secondary institution, for employment purposes, or for students who are not financially prepared to attend SFU
- To submit a deferral request please email email@example.com. If your deferral request is approved you will need to contact the SFU Undergraduate Admissions office and request a deferral of your admission to the University.
If you have questions about the PLP not covered on our website, contact our admissions team.
To prevent missing emails from us, add firstname.lastname@example.org to your contact list if you are not using an SFU email account.
Get help with your application and connect with a member of the admissions team during our virtual drop-in hours: every Wednesday from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (PST).
Meet on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 660 0788 5834
Regular Schedule: Wednesday, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (PST)