Professional Development Program
Simon Fraser University has a Code of Academic Integrity and Good Conduct (S10.01 Policy) that applies to this application. Applications with falsified, misleading, plagiarized, or ghost-written materials will be removed from the competition.
How to Apply
Step 1 - Review important information
Review deadlines, admission requirements and application samples
- Review Admission Requirements
- Review the application timeline and process as shown on the PDP Application Instruction to make sure you will have all your materials together in time
- Review the PDP Application Evaluation Process to understand how your application will be evaluated
- Review our PDP Application Samples to understand how to be successful at creating your own PDP application
Step 2 - Prepare your application
Request academic transcripts
Please note that, due to the high volume of transcripts being received at this time, the PDP Admissions cannot confirm receipt of transcripts. You will be notified by email if your transcripts have not been received.
You must submit sealed, official, paper copies of transcripts from every post-secondary institution (other than SFU) you have attended, including transcripts from the original institutions where the coursework was completed and subsequently used for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution (this includes college transfers and exchange programs). If you have received post-secondary credit for AP or IB courses, you will also need to send copies of those transcripts.
If your transcript does not show degree conferral, you must submit a letter from an academic advisor at your institution confirming your degree will be complete prior to the start of PDP (August).
You must submit transcripts from institutions where you are currently taking courses.
You do not need to send us your SFU transcript. We can access those directly if you provide us with your student number.
Some applicants will also need to apply for Undergraduate Admission to SFU in order to enrol in PDP. For those applicants, SFU Admissions will require official transcripts sent directly to them. (See "Step 4: Apply to SFU" below for information on who needs to apply to SFU.)
Where possible, transcripts should be sent directly from the post-secondary institution to PDP’s Admissions Office.
Transcripts delivered by mail must be sent to this address:
PDP Admissions, Faculty of Education
Education Building, Room EDB 8630
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
If your courier requires a phone number, use: 778-782-4129.
The deadline for your transcripts to arrive at the PDP Admissions Office is January 15.
Create your resume
Your resume should include your contact information, your education, your work and volunteer experiences and any honors, awards, special talents, skills or training.
Your resume should:
- be no longer than two single-sided pages;
- be detailed, but in an outline rather than a narrative form;
- list the length of time you were in each position, the number of hours you worked or volunteered in the position, and your duties.
We highly recommend that applicants spend time observing/volunteering in K–12 classroom(s) in British Columbia before applying. Such visits, along with a conversation with the teacher(s) afterwards, can help you decide if teaching is a profession you wish to pursue. It may also help you craft your resume to show how your experiences thus far will help you in the pursuit of a teaching career.
When evaluating resumes, we are looking for evidence of knowledge and experiences that will be useful to you if you were to become a teacher, including evidence of experience:
- working with children and/or youth (babysitting, tutoring, camp counselor, swim instructor, parenting, volunteering in a classroom, etc.)
- engaging in work or activities related to helping others learn (tutoring, coaching, Resident Assistant in student housing or an orientation leader for new university students, running workshops for children or adults, summer camp counselor, designing learning materials for children or adults, such as directions, handouts, training activities, etc.)
- collaborating and working with others
- showing leadership and/or initiative
- working independently
- demonstrating organization and time management skills
- engaging in novel situations and/or with a diverse range of individuals
- using skills or knowledge related to the subject(s) you wish to teach
You may not have experience in all the areas listed above, but it will be important to highlight the related experiences you do have.
Applicants to the PDP French Module are encouraged to submit their resume in French.
Write your essay
Choose one or two experiences from your resume and explain:
- What you learned from these experiences that will help you as a future educator;
- What they show about your interest in and potential for a career in education;
- What questions they raise for you related to teaching and learning;
- Why you chose these examples.
Your essay should be 500–1000 words and fit on two single-sided pages. Please use 12 point font, single spacing, and 1” margins on all sides.
If you refer to other people in your essay – especially children or youth with whom you have worked – please change their names and describe your experience with them in such a way that you guard their right to privacy.
Proofread your paper carefully. It will be evaluated based on the overall quality of the writing, the evidence it shows of critical reflection upon your part, and how well you demonstrate your potential for and interest in education.
Applicants to the PDP French Module are encouraged to submit their essay in French.
Prepare letter of intent (ITEM and IPTEM only)
Your letter of intent should be 1 page long, no more than 500 words long in a 12 point font with 1” margins on all sides. In your letter, explain your interest in and appropriateness for that module.
When submitting your online PDP application form, you will be asked to submit three email addresses for individuals who are willing to complete a reference for you. The system will then automatically send these individuals an email requesting they fill out an on-line reference form. References may only be submitted via the online system. Paper references are no longer accepted. Download the PDP Reference Form Questions to review most of the questions they will be asked.
Depending on how your references know you (e.g. a former employer, a professor for one of your classes, or someone in whose classroom you volunteered) they may not be able to answer all the questions in the form. That’s okay. But you may want to consider whether between them, the individuals you have asked for letters of reference can answer most of the questions. For example, one may know a lot about how well you work with children, while another may know more about your organizational skills.
When considering who to ask, please keep in mind that
- we reserve the right to contact referees to verify the information they provide; and
- references must be professional in nature. References from relatives and friends are not accepted.
If the individual you ask is willing to complete a reference, ask them for an email address you can submit to the application system and explain how the system will send them an email request to complete the form. Inform them of the due date for their recommendation.
TIP: Provide your references with a copy of your resume. They may find it useful for writing the reference.
Step 3 - Apply to SFU Undergraduate / Activate your SFU ID
Applying to SFU Undergraduate
Instructions for students new to SFU
New students to SFU must apply online through ApplyBC. The SFU Undergraduate Admissions Deadlines is January 31.
Students accepted to the PDP who do not submit an application to SFU Undergraduate Admissions by the deadline will not be able to start the PDP. Therefore, if you have been waitlisted or have not received a decision from PDP Admissions prior to the Undergraduate Admissions deadline and you still wish to be considered for the program, you must submit the SFU online application before the deadline and receive an SFU ID number.
SFU Undergraduate admissions requires a different application with a different set of admissions requirements, including a separate set of supporting documents, sent to a separate address. Unfortunately, the PDP Admissions office and the SFU Admissions office are not able to share documents. Please look at the SFU Admissions requirements and make certain you are prepared to meet them.
Instructions for SFU alumni and current SFU students
If you were previously an SFU student, you must apply for readmission OR reactivation. Check with SFU Undergraduate Admissions to be certain of which one applies to you.
The deadline to apply for readmission is January 31 for a September start.
The deadline to apply for reactivation can be found on Student Services webpage.
If you are a current SFU student and will be an active student in the semester preceding the start of PDP, you are not required to apply for reactivation.
If you are a current SFU student and will not be an active student in the semester preceding the start of PDP, you should follow the instructions for readmission or reactivation. Check with SFU Undergraduate Admissions to be certain of which one applies to you.
Questions regarding SFU Admissions
The PDP Admissions Office does not handle SFU Undergraduate applications. For more information regarding admission to SFU, please contact SFU Student Services:
Step 4 - Submit your PDP application
Online application form
PDP application deadline for the September 2021 intake is: January 15, 2021
The same system is used for a number of teacher education programs at SFU. You will need to do the following to complete your online application:
1. Create an account
2. Confirm the account (you will receive a confirmation email)
3. Select 'PDP' as the program you are applying to
4. Complete the online application form
5. Upload your resume, essay and (if applicable) a letter of intent (ITEM and IPTEM only)
6. Enter the names and email addresses of your 3 references (the system will contact these people)
7. Pay the application fee CAD$60.00 using PayPal. (PayPal will accept a credit card or an Interac/Visa card if you do not have a PayPal account)
8. Submit your application
You may start your application early and work on it over time. You may review, edit or change your application at any time until you click the final submit button. After that time, you cannot change your application or any of your submitted materials. Your application, submitted materials and application fee must all be complete before you can press the final submit button (your application will say "prerequisites not met" if all of your tasks have not been completed.)
Early application deadline
If you submit your PDP application by November 30, 2020, you may be considered for early admission.
The PDP is a competitive program and will only consider very strong candidates for early admission. If you are successful in getting an early admission offer, you should expect to receive a decision by late February 2021.
If you do not receive a decision at this time, you will not be considered for early admission but you will still be considered for admission once all Fall 2021 applications have been received. In this case you should receive a decision by April 30, 2021.
Appeals and Deferrals
Reasons for appealing an admission decision
We will only consider appeals for the following reasons:
- You have extenuating circumstances which impacted your ability to meet the Professional Programs admission requirements
- You believe there was an error in processing your application
Please note: Additional documentation (or new documentation) may not be added to your application as part of this appeal application.
Deadlines for appealing
- Admission appeals must be submitted by May 15th for Fall intake programs.
- Admissions appeals must be submitted by August 15th for Spring intake programs.
- Please allow 10 business days for a response to your appeal.
How to apply for an admission appeal
- You must make an appointment with the Manager of Admission & Recruitment (email@example.com) for the PDP or the Special Programs Advisor (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the PLP and/or AHCOTE to discuss your application.
- If after discussing your application you feel you have a basis for appeal you will then be directed the admission appeal form in FluidReview.
- You must then submit the appeal form with the required $25 fee by the required deadline.
Have you been accepted into the PDP or the PLP but wish to defer your admission?
You may apply to defer your offer of admission for one intake e.g. Fall 2020 to Fall 2021. Deferrals are approved for students with medical conditions or with extenuating circumstances that prevent them from entering the program. Documentation is required (e.g. medical note). Requests must be submitted prior to the start of the program.
Deferrals are not granted for students who plan on attending another post-secondary institution, for employment purposes or for students who are not financially prepared to attend SFU.
To submit a deferral request please email the appropriate area.
- Professional Development Program (PDP) – email@example.com
- Professional Linking Program (PLP) - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Professional Qualification Program (PQP) - email@example.com
If your deferral request is approved you will need to contact the SFU Undergraduate Admissions office and request a deferral of your admission to the University.