Professional Qualification Program

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If you are an internationally-trained teacher, this program will help you adjust to and prepare for the B.C. classroom. As well as understanding classroom management, the student/teacher relationship, and student needs, you’ll learn about important issues around teaching in B.C., including inclusivity and Indigenous Peoples.

Program Overview

Designed For

Internationally-trained teachers looking to prepare for a teaching career in BC. Applicants must have a valid evaluation letter from the Teacher Certification Branch (TCB) recommending them to complete the Professional Qualification Program at SFU.

Program Structure

  • Full-time 12-month program
  • 3 semesters
  • Field experiences
  • Teaching practicum

Intake Schedule

Familiarization programs are currently under review by the BCTC. Please continue to check this website regularly in order to get the most up-to-date information in the near future.

Program Design & Courses

Program Design

The PQP was designed to assist internationally-trained teachers to adjust to the B.C. school culture. It offers sustained opportunities to explore B.C. public schools and prepare for a teaching career in B.C. Over three semesters, students will receive a particular orientation to the philosophies and practices of education in our local schools.

The program incorporates practical experience and university coursework in approximately equal proportions. Participants are required to successfully complete practicum placements in the Lower Mainland or Fraser Valley and must be prepared to travel a distance to attend their school placements.

Note: Eligible applicants must have a valid evaluation letter from the Teacher Certification Branch (TCB) recommending you to complete the Professional Qualification Program (PQP) at SFU.

Schedule & Courses

The Professional Qualification Program (PQP) is a 12-month, full-time program based at the SFU Surrey campus.  

SEMESTER 1 (January - March): EDUC 352/483 - Building on Reflective Practice/Curriculum Studies  

EDUC 352, you will explore various educational issues related to the caring for learners and the creation of learning communities. You will spend time in educational settings exploring the importance of connected educational experiences for learners. In EDUC 483, you will develop conceptual and technical skills through workshops, seminars, and directed and independent study. This course deals with human development and learning in the school. Stress will be placed on approaches to individualizing instruction and to integrating the curriculum in different subject areas.

SEMESTER 2 (April - August): EDUC 401 - Introduction to Classroom Teaching  

For a half-term you will observe, teach, and participate in a B.C. school’s routines and programs, working with a teacher selected by school authorities and appointed by SFU as a school associate. You will also take a minimum of one methodology course related to your grade/subject area. Additional courses as prescribed by the TCB evaluation may be required.

SEMESTER 3 (September - December): EDUC 406 - Supervised Observation and Teaching  

Students who need to meet B.C. certification requirements undertake a supervised orientation or teaching sequence of approximately 10-12 weeks in a B.C. public school. This practicum is designed as an opportunity to familiarize students and update your teaching skills.


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Our Surrey campus is a vibrant community hub in the heart of one of Canada’s fastest-growing cities. With easy access to transit, the modern campus is conveniently situated between Metro Vancouver and communities south of the Fraser River.

Simon Fraser University respectfully acknowledges the unceded traditional territories, including the Semiahmoo, Katzie, kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Kwantlen, Qayqayt and Tsawwassen Nations, on which SFU Surrey is located.

Instructional Team

Like our other teacher education programs, the PQP uses a unique staffing model that teams SFU's world-class researchers (faculty members) with highly-skilled seconded teachers (faculty associates) and practicing K-12 teachers (school associates) as teacher educators. Meet our Faculty Associates.

Future Pathways

PQP students must be determined and highly motivated to complete the requirements of teacher certification, and the Faculty of Education at SFU is proud to support foreign-trained teachers as you pursue your B.C. teaching certificate.


  • K-12 teachers in B.C.

Student Experiences

Meet some PQP alumni.

  • Even for experienced educators, teaching in a new country can be a daunting and often complicated experience. But for Simerpreet Kaur Bains, getting certified in British Columbia was an “incredible and unforgettable journey.”

  • How this accountant turned teacher took her career from Delhi to Surrey.

“The PQP recognized and honoured my previous experience and gave me exactly what I needed—Canadian school experience.”

Simerpreet Kaur Bains, 2020 Graduate

Learn more about the Professional Qualification Program

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Upcoming Information Sessions


For gernal inquiries, contact the PPS Admissions Office.

Phone: 778-782-8974
Fax: 778-782-8119

Virtual Hours

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: 830 5666 5507
Password: 125219
Regular Schedule: Wednesday, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (PST)