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 have demonstrable experience working with children or youth at the age level you wish to teach. This includes spending time volunteering or observing in BC schools and classrooms.
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 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
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 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.