Elementary Admission Requirements

Completed before applying to the PDP:

  • GPA 2.5+ (approximately last 60 units of undergraduate coursework)

All coursework, including final exams, must be completed at least one semester before starting the PDP (by May 15th):  

  • 2 English or French* courses (minimum 6 units with 3 units of literature)
  • 1 Canadian History course
  • 1 Canadian Geography course
  • 1 Laboratory Science course
  • 1 Mathematics for teachers course (SFU's MATH 190 or equivalent)

For more information, view the chart of acceptable courses

Completed before starting the PDP (by August 31st):

*French literature and composition may be substituted for English courses for applicants of the French module. Please note that this may prohibit completion of a BEd as a second degree during the PDP.   

BACHELOR'S DEGREE 

All applicants must have a completed Bachelor's degree before starting the PDP.  For applicants interested in elementary education, a minimum 90-unit degree is required. Applicants may submit their PDP application with their degree still in-progress (providing that it is completed by August 31st).  

PREREQUISITE COURSES 

All prerequisite courses must be completed at least one semester before starting the PDP. Applicants may submit their PDP applications providing official transcripts by January 31st showing their prerequisite courses still in-progress (providing they are completed by May 15th).  

For a list of accepted prerequisite courses offered at SFU and other B.C. post-secondary institutions, please refer to the Chart of Acceptable Courses.

PREREQUISITE COURSES - FRENCH MODULE ONLY

Applicants who are applying to the French module must complete their prerequisite courses before starting the PDP. French module applicants may submit their PDP application providing official transcripts showing their prerequisite courses still in-progress (providing they are completed by August 31).  

FRENCH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT - FRENCH MODULE ONLY

Applicants who are applying to French module, including Francophone, must submit a French Language Assessment (DELF-DALF) with their PDP application. For more information, please visit the French Language Requirement page or contact the Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs (OFFA).  

EXPERIENCE 

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 B.C. elementary schools. 

DEADLINES

For the September (Fall) intake, PDP applications must be submitted online between October 1st and January 15th. Applications received by November 30th may be considered for early acceptance. Applicants may start the online application form and work on it over time. However, late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

SELF-ASSESSMENT 

Are you interested in teaching at the elementary level but not sure if you meet the requirements? Complete the self-assessment form* and the PPS Admissions team will be happy to help you.

*Elementary applicants only