Professional Development Program

Admission Requirements

The PDP's admission requirements vary based on interest in teaching at the elementary or secondary level. During the online application process, applicants will be asked to select their grade-level preference. While most applicants generally have a single preference, they can select a second preference if they meet the elementary and secondary requirements. The French module also has additional admission requirements. 

Before applying to the PDP, applicants should have demonstrable experience working with children or youth or helping others learn. It is strongly recommended that all applicants spend time observing or volunteering in BC schools.

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SFU Undergraduate Admission Requirement

All PDP applicants must be admissible to SFU at the undergraduate level (including the SFU English Language and Quantitative skills admission requirements). For the September 2020 PDP intake, applicants must apply to SFU at the undergraduate level by January 31, 2020. See SFU Undergraduate Admissions for details. 

SFU Literacy Requirement

B.Ed. as a second degree applicants must meet SFU's literacy requirement. Applicants who have completed a post-secondary English course or certified W course transferable to SFU with a C- or better will meet this requirement. There are also other ways to meet the literacy requirement. Please visit the SFU literacy requirement page for more information.

SFU Quantitative Requirement 

All PDP applicants must meet SFU's quantitative requirement. There are many ways to meet the quantitative requirement. Please visit the SFU quantitative requirement page for more information.

French Language Requirement - French module only

Applicants who are applying to the French module must submit a French language requirement with their PDP application.     

Teacher Certification Requirement

To teach K-12 in BC schools, student teachers must meet the teacher certification requirements set out by the Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB) of the BC Ministry of Education. In some cases, the PDP's requirements may be higher than the TRB's. This is because the PDP is designed to prepare teachers for the challenges of K–12 schooling in BC, while the TRB’s must also consider inter-provincial certification.

Criminal Record Check

Once accepted into the program, all applicants must clear a Criminal Records Check with Vulnerable Sector Search. This must be done through SFU Student Services. People who have been convicted of a criminal offence should contact the TRB for clarification of their status before applying to a teacher education program.