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Helping Ease Access for Returning Teachers (HEART) Program

EDUC 406 – Teaching Semester (12 credits)

The HEART Program supports teachers who need to recertify or acts as a refresher program for teachers who have been out of the classroom for a period of time.  HEART is a one-semester program including a 2-week orientation and preparation time on campus followed by a 10-week practicum in a BC public school.  This program offers educators an opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the BC school system, to update teaching experience, and to acquire certification from the Teacher Certification Branch (TCB).

Who can apply?

  • Teachers who have their BC certification and are seeking a current practicum report.
  • Teachers with lapsed BC certification or certification outside of BC and are seeking new BC certification. Letter of evaluation from the TCB (Teacher Certification Branch) must be submitted to prior to completing the application form for advising purposes.

HEART Application Deadlines

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

  • September 15 for the spring semester
  • February 15 for the fall semester

An interview is required as part of the application process.

Students intending to complete Simon Fraser University courses in preparation for application to EDUC 406 should email

Applicants to the HEART program may wish to engage in preparatory activities prior to completing their application and/or starting the program.  Activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Increasing familiarity with and understanding of the redesigned BC curriculum -  (strongly recommended)
  • Observing and volunteering in a K-12 public school classroom with the possibility of obtaining a current reference from the teacher with whom you volunteer – focusing on current and best practices around student-centered learning, curriculum integration, formative assessment, and classroom management (strongly recommended)
  • Attending related workshops and/or courses to support ongoing professional development
  • Exploring social justice education and diversity in BC schools, including anti-oppression and anti-racism curriculum
  • Increasing familiarity with aboriginal education initiatives and the integration of indigenous perspectives and knowledge into the curriculum
  • Keeping a journal to reflect on your teaching and learning experiences