Bachelor of Education as a Second Degree

Method of delivery:
Applications open:
After January information session
Applications close:
Next start date:
May 2024

Ready to pursue education? This program, designed for those who have already completed a Bachelor’s degree and are admitted to one of our Teacher Education programs, helps ready you for the next step in your career as a teacher.

While a BEd as a second degree is not a requirement to teach in B.C., it is a recognized international credential and an appealing option if you may want to teach abroad.


Designed For

Students in one of our teacher education programs (PDP, PLP, or AHCOTE) who have a completed Bachelor’s degree, and who meet SFU’s quantitative and literacy admission requirements, may be eligible to complete a BEd as a second degree, at no additional time or cost. 


In January, an Education undergraduate advisor will host a BEd as a second degree advising session for each PDP, PLP and AHCOTE module. If you are interested in declaring a BEd as a second degree, you will submit the electronic declaration form following the advising session.

Program Structure

The BEd second degree requires successful completion of PDP, PLP or AHCOTE, including completion of an Education minor and a Quantitative course within the coursework selected for the EDUC 404 term. 



If you have been admitted to the PLP, you will complete a total of 48 upper division units in education.

You will complete all of the following:

Plus one of the following Education minors:

Any additional course work needed to address academic requirements for a professional certificate and additional requirements to complete a minor must be completed over and above the required 48 upper division units.

Study Abroad

If available, students  have the option to study abroad with SFU Field Schools. Past Field Schools have taken place in Indonesia, Hawaii and Haida Gwaii.

Visit SFU Field Schools for more information


PDP, PLP and AHCOTE students will be given information on the Bachelor of Education as a Second Degree in the Spring (January) term, and eligible students will be admitted for the Summer (May) term.


Courses for the Bachelor of Education as a Second Degree can be completed at either the Burnaby or Surrey campuses, and there's even opportunities to participate in field schools locally or abroad.


Perched atop Burnaby Mountain, Simon Fraser University's original Arthur Erickson-designed campus includes more than three dozen academic buildings and a flourishing sustainable residential community.

Simon Fraser University respectfully acknowledges the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations, on which SFU Burnaby is located.


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.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Students in the Bachelor of Education as a Second Degree have the opportunity to participate in Field Schools (as and when available). Past Field Schools have taken Education students to Haida Gwaii, Indonesia and Hawaii.


Where can this program take you? The world is changing rapidly and so is the full range of career and academic opportunities that await.


Armed with the necessary knowledge and skills, graduates pursue careers in jobs such as:

  • Adult Educator
  • Consultant
  • Curriculum Coordinator
  • ESL Teacher
  • International Teacher
  • Program Planner
  • Student Affairs Administrator
  • Teacher

Further Studies

After completing their undergraduate degrees, obtaining teacher certification, and working either as educators or in other occupations related to education, many individuals return to the Faculty of Education to pursue graduate studies in education.

The Faculty of Education offers many graduate level programs that offer:

  • professional development opportunities (and TQS upgrades)
  • research opportunities

Explore Graduate Studies in Education program offerings.


Curious to know more about the program?



Future Student Advising

If you are not currently an SFU student, contact one of the advisors below:

General Inquiries

For general program questions, contact the Undergraduate Studies office at

Current Student Advising

Schedule a time to speak with one of our advisors through Advisor Link.

Disclaimer: The information provided for this program is to be used as a reference. Should any discrepancies occur between the information found on this page and the SFU Calendar, the information found in the SFU Calendar shall be deemed correct.

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