Professional Development Program
The PDP's admission requirements vary based on interest in teaching at the elementary or secondary level.
During the application process, you will be asked to select your grade-level preference. While most people generally have a single preference, you can select a second preference providing you meet the requirements for both elementary and secondary.
Before applying to the PDP, we recommend that you gain experience (volunteer or paid) working with children or youth at the age level you wish to teach. This may include, but is not limited to, spending time volunteering or observing in BC schools and classrooms. Given the current situation with COVID-19, we recognize that recent volunteer experience in schools and other educational settings may be limited or difficult to obtain.
What kind of teacher do you want to be?
SFU Undergraduate Admission Requirement
All PDP applicants must be admissible to SFU at the undergraduate level (including meeting the SFU English Language and Quantitative skills admission requirements). For the September 2021 PDP intake, applicants must apply to SFU at the undergraduate level by January 31, 2021. See SFU Undergraduate Admissions for details.
SFU Literacy Requirement
All PDP applicants must meet SFU's English Language requirement to be admissible to SFU. There are many ways to meet the requirement. Please visit the SFU Undergraduate Admissions English Language requirement website for more information.
To enrol in EDUC 401W & 402W or to declare the B.Ed. 2nd degree you must meet the SFU Literacy (FAL) requirement. Note that direct enrollment in a W course requires a higher grade than SFU's English Language admission requirement. See option (a) under "Direct admission from Grade 12" or "Admission by college or university transfer" on the following SFU Curriculum Initiative website.
SFU Quantitative Requirement
All PDP applicants must meet SFU's Quantitative/Analytical Skills requirement to be admissible to SFU. There are many ways to meet the quantitative requirement. Please visit the SFU Undergraduate Admissions Quantitative requirement website for more information.
To declare the BEd. 2nd degree you must meet SFU's Foundations of Academic Numeracy (FAN) requirement for direct enrollment in a Quantitative (Q) course. Note that direct enrollment in a Q course requires a higher grade than SFU's Quantitative/Analytical Skills requirement for admission. See option (a) under "Direct admission from Grade 12" or options (a) and (b) under "Admission by college or university transfer" on the following SFU Curriculum Initiative website.
If you do not meet the SFU English Language requirement or Quantitative/Analytical Skills requirement prior to application to the PDP we strongly suggest you complete an acceptable university or college level W or Q course with a grade of C- or higher.
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 Certification Branch (TCB) of the BC Ministry of Education. In some cases, the PDP's requirements may be higher than the TCB's. This is because the PDP is designed to prepare teachers for the challenges of K–12 schooling in BC, while the TCB’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 TCB for clarification of their status before applying to a teacher education program.