Professional Development Program

Elementary Admission Requirements

Completed before applying to the PDP 

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

Completed at least one semester before starting the PDP (by April 30)  

  • 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 31)

* English or French Literature Courses

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 B.Ed. 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 31).  

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 31 showing their prerequisite courses still in-progress (providing they are completed by April 30).  

For a list of accepted prerequisite courses offered at SFU and other BC 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).  

Previous 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 BC elementary schools. 


For the September 2020 intake, PDP applications must be submitted online between October 1, 2019 and January 31, 2020. Applications received by November 30, 2019 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 Form

Are you interested in teaching elementary education but not quite sure if you meet the requirements? Simply complete the Elementary Self-Assessment Form and our PDP Admissions team will be happy to help.