Professional Development Program

Application Process  

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.

Please download a copy of the PDP Application Instructions before starting your application.

Early Application Deadline

Apply by November 30, 2019 to 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 admmission offer, you should expect to receive a decision by the end of February.  

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 2020 applications have been received. In this case you should receive a decision by April 30, 2020.

PDP Admissions

  • Phone: 778.782.3559
  • Email:
  • Mailing Address: Faculty of Education, Education Building, Room EDB 8630, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Dr., Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6

Step 1 - Review admissions requirements and process

Review the application timeline, admission requirements and application samples

Step 2 - Prepare

Request your 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 should go to this exact 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 31.

Create a 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:

  1. working with children and/or youth (babysitting, tutoring, camp counselor, swim instructor, parenting, volunteering in a classroom, etc.)
  2. 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.)
  3. collaborating and working with others
  4. showing leadership and/or initiative
  5. working independently
  6. demonstrating organization and time management skills
  7. engaging in novel situations and/or with a diverse range of individuals
  8. 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.

Write a letter of intent (only requireD if you are applying to the International Teacher Education Module (ITEM) and the Indigenous Perspectives Teacher Education Module (IPTEM)

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.

Find 3 individuals willing to complete a reference for you

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 / Activate SFU ID

Apply to SFU Undergraduate Admissions

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 Undergraduate Admissions

The PDP Admissions Office does not handle SFU Undergraduate applications. For more information regarding admission to SFU, please contact SFU Student Services:

Phone: 778-782-6930

Step 4 - Complete PDP Application

Complete the online PDP application form


PDP Online Application Deadline for September 2020 is January 31, 2020

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 to which you wish to apply
  4. Complete an online application form.
  5. Upload your resume, essay, and (if applicable), letter of intent for ITEM
  6. Enter the names and email addresses for three people whom the system will ask to complete a reference form for you
  7. Pay an application fee ($60 CAD) using Paypal. (The Paypal system will accept a credit card or an Interac/Visa card if you don't 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.)

IMPORTANT DATES for the September 2020 Intake

  • Applications Open: October 1, 2019
  • Early Application Deadline: November 30, 2019
  • Application Deadline: January 31, 2020