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Application Instructions

Simon Fraser University has a Code of Academic Integrity and Good Conduct (S10.01 Policy o), which applies to this application. You must produce your own independently written application materials. Plagiarized or ghost-written materials will not be accepted. 

Download the AHCOTE Application Checklist to help ensure your application is complete and meets all deadlines.

You may also wish to view the Application Examples. These examples are specifically designed for PDP applicants, and as such the educational backgrounds and work experience in the examples may differ considerably from the average AHCOTE applicant. However, the AHCOTE application and PDP application components are very similar and you may find referring to the examples useful as you prepare your AHCOTE application.

Step 1:  Check to ensure you meet the minimum requirements

Review the minimum academic requirements as listed on the Admissions Requirements page. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the start of AHCOTE. Contact our office if you have any concerns about meeting the minimum requirements.

Step 2: Prepare your resume

Your resume should include your contact information, your education, your work and volunteer experiences and any honors, awards, special talents, skills or training.

Your resume should:

  • be no longer than two single-sided pages;
  • be detailed, but in an outline rather than a narrative form;
  • list the length of time you were in each position, the number of hours you worked or volunteered in the position, and your duties.

We highly recommend that applicants spend time observing/volunteering in K–12 classroom(s) in British Columbia before applying. Such visits, along with a conversation with the teacher(s) afterwards, can help you decide if teaching is a profession you wish to pursue. It may also help you craft your resume to show how your experiences thus far will help you in the pursuit of a teaching career.

When evaluating resumes, we are looking for evidence of knowledge and experiences that will be useful to you if you were to become a teacher, including evidence of experience:

  1. working with children and/or youth (babysitting, tutoring, camp counselor, swim instructor, parenting, volunteering in a classroom, etc.)
  2. engaging in work or activities related to helping others learn (tutoring, coaching, Resident Assistant in student housing or an orientation leader for new university students, running workshops for children or adults, summer camp counselor, designing learning materials for children or adults, such as directions, handouts, training activities, etc.)
  3. collaborating and working with others
  4. showing leadership and/or initiative
  5. working independently
  6. demonstrating organization and time management skills
  7. engaging in novel situations and/or with a diverse range of individuals
  8. using skills or knowledge related to the subject(s) you wish to teach

You may not have experience in all the areas listed above, but it will be important to highlight the related experiences you do have.

You will upload your resume to the online application system in PDF format.

Step 3: Prepare your essay

Choose one or two experiences from your resume and explain:

  • What you learned from these experiences that will help you as a future educator;
  • What they show about your interest in and potential for a career in education;
  • What questions they raise for you related to teaching and learning;
  • Why you chose these examples.

Your essay should be 500–1000 words in length and not exceed two single-sided pages using a 12 point font with 1” margins on all sides.

If you refer to other people in your essay – especially children or youth with whom you have worked – please change their names and describe your experience with them in such a way that you guard their right to privacy.

Proofread your paper carefully. It will be evaluated based on the overall quality of the writing, the evidence it shows of your ability to reflect critically, and how well you demonstrate your potential for and interest in education.

You will upload your essay to the online application system in PDF format.

Step 4: Find 3 individuals willing to provide a recommendation on your behalf

The online application will require you to submit three email addresses for individuals who are willing to provide a recommendation for you. The system will then automatically send these individuals an email requesting they fill out an on-line recommendation form. You can download the  AHCOTE Recommendation Form Questions to review some of the questions your recommendation writers will be asked.

Depending on how your recommenders know you (e.g. a former employer, a professor for one of your classes, or someone in whose classroom you volunteered) they may not be able to answer all the questions in the form. That’s okay. But you may want to consider whether between them, the individuals you have asked for a recommendation can answer most of the questions. For example, one may know a lot about how well you work with children, while another may know more about your organizational skills.

When considering who to ask, please keep in mind that

  • we reserve the right to contact referees to verify the information they provide; and
  • recommenders from relatives and close friends are not accepted.

If the individual you ask is willing to complete a recommendation, ask them for an email address you can submit to the application system and explain how the system will send them an email request to complete the form.

TIP: Provide your recommendation writers with a copy of your resume. They may find it useful for writing the recommendation.

Step 5: Complete the online application

Start your AHCOTE application online .

The same system is used for a number of teacher education programs at SFU. You will need to do the following to complete your online application:

  1. Create an account
  2. Confirm the account (you will receive a confirmation email)
  3. Select AHCOTE as the program to which you wish to apply
  4. Complete an online application form
  5. Upload your resume and upload your written assignment
  6. Enter the names and email addresses for three people whom the system will ask to complete a recommendation form for you
  7. Pay an application fee ($60 CAD) using Paypal. (The Paypal system will accept a credit card or an interact/Visa card if you don't have a Paypal account)
  8. Submit your application

You may start your application early and work on it over time. You may review, edit, or change your application at any time until you click the final submit button. After that time, you cannot change your application or any of your submitted materials. Your application, submitted materials, recommendations, and application fee must all be complete before you can press the final submit button.  

You must complete the application, upload your documents, and pay your fee by the application deadline or your application will not be considered.

Step 6: Apply to SFU Undergraduate Admissions

In addition to your AHCOTE application, you must also apply for admission or reactivation with SFU Undergraduate Admissions.

If you are accepted to AHCOTE but did not apply to SFU Undergraduate Admissions by the application deadline, you will not be able to enrol in the program.

You will be required to submit transcripts from all educational institutions you have attended to SFU Undergraduate Admissions; unfortunately, the PLP Admissions office and the SFU Admissions office are not able to share documents.  

Questions regarding SFU Undergraduate Admissions

The AHCOTE Admissions Office does not handle SFU Undergraduate applications. For more information regarding admission to SFU, please contact SFU Student Services:

Phone: 778.782.6930

Step 7: Arrange for transcript delivery to the AHCOTE Admissions office and the SFU Undergraduate Admissions office

You must submit sealed, official, paper copies of transcripts from every post-secondary institution (other than SFU) you have attended, including transcripts from institutions where the coursework completed was used for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. If you have received post-secondary credit for AP or IB courses, you will also need to send copies of those transcripts.

Transcripts should be sent directly from each post-secondary institution to the AHCOTE Admissions Office:

AHCOTE c/o: Leona Seward
Northern Lights College, Fort St. John
Box 1000, 9820-120 Ave
Fort St. John, BC, V1J 6K1

Note that if you are also required to apply to SFU (see above) you will also need to submit offical transcripts to SFU Undergraduate Admissions. You may request both sets of transcripts at the same time, however, ensure that paper copies of your transripts are sent directly to our office using the address above. SFU Admissions is unable to share documents or digital transcripts with our office. Instructions for submitting documents to SFU Admissions can be found here.

You do not need to send us your SFU transcript. We can access those directly.

TIP: If you are requesting transcripts from institutions outside BC, you should start this step far in advance of the deadline.

All transcripts must be received by the AHCOTE Admissions office by February 1.

Step 8:  If accepted to AHCOTE and SFU, request a Criminal Record Check

Once you have been 1) accepted to the AHCOTE and 2) to SFU undergraduate admissions, you must clear a Criminal Records Check for working with children and vulnerable adults through SFU Student Services. Persons convicted of a criminal offence and considering a teaching career should write to the Teacher Regulation Branch of the Ministry of Education for clarification of their status before undertaking a teacher education program. The List of Offences can be reviewed on the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General website.