Professional Development Program

Application Instructions

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.

Before applying, please download and read the application instructions in English or French: 

* PDP Application Instructions Fall 2021_FN.pdf
PDP Application Instructions - English
* PDP COMMENT FAIRE UNE DEMANDE D'ADMISSION F21_LR.pdf
PDP Application Instructions - Francais

How to Apply

STEP 1: Review important information 

Review deadlines, admission requirements and application samples

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 once you have submitted your application. It can take up to two weeks after submission for your file to be updated.

Submit an official transcript from every college and university that you've attended, including withdrawals, incomplete, failed, repeated studies and attendance as an exchange student. We cannot review your application if any transcripts are missing. 

  • SFU students do not need to order their SFU transcripts, as we have access to those records.
  • The PDP Admissions Office does not accept electronic (XML/EDI) transcripts as our computer system is not compatible with receiving electronic transcripts. SFU Undergraduate Admissions does accept electronic transcripts, please check the Student Services website for details.
  • We will accept emailed transcripts sent directly from the post-secondary institutions to our office. Please have them sent directly to pps_transcripts@sfu.ca from the institution. 
  • You must include original transcript(s) for College Board - Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or any transfer credits (i.e. exchange program and college transfer) where applicable.
  • Please order ALL transcript(s) to be sent directly from the issuing institution to both the PDP Admissions Office and the SFU Undergraduate Admissions Office to be received by: JANUARY 31

Please Remember:

  • You must submit official transcripts from institutions where you are currently taking courses. 
  • 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).

Transcripts should be sent directly from the post-secondary institution to the PDP Admissions Office. As our Burnaby office is currently closed to the public due to Covid-19 - do not attempt to drop documents off in-person. Due to Covid-19 restrictions the preferred method of receiving transcripts is by email. 

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 31.

TIP: If you are requesting transcripts from institutions outside of BC, you should start this step as far in advance of the deadline as possible.

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:

  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.

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.

Find three recommendations

When submitting your online PDP application form, you will be asked to submit three email addresses for individuals who are willing to complete a recommendation for you. The system will then automatically send these individuals an email requesting they fill out an on-line recommendation form. Recommendations may only be submitted via the online system. Paper recommendations are no longer accepted. Download the PDP Recommendation Form Questions to review most of the questions they will be asked.

Depending on how your recommenders 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 recommendation 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
  • recommendations must be professional in nature. Recommendations from relatives and friends are not accepted.

If the individual you ask is willing to complete a recommendation, 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 Recommenders with a copy of your resume. They may find it useful for writing the recommendation.

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 EducationPlannerBC. The SFU Undergraduate Admissions deadline 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, all applicants MUST submit their application to the SFU Undergraduate Admissions Office BEFORE the application deadline.  If you do not submit an application to the SFU Undergraduate Admissions Office, your application may be cancelled.

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:

Phone: 778.782.6930
Email: reginfo@sfu.ca
Website: sfu.ca/students/admission-requirements

STEP 4: Submit your PDP application

Online application form

Application Deadlines

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 recommenders (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). The application fee is non-refundable.
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.

Early application deadline - November 30th 

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

Admission appeals

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

  1. You must make an appointment with the Manager of Admission & Recruitment (pdp_admissions@sfu.ca) for the PDP or the Special Programs Advisor (seducadv@sfu.ca) for the PLP and/or AHCOTE to discuss your application.
  2. If after discussing your application you feel you have a basis for appeal you will then be directed the admission appeal form in FluidReview.
  3. You must then submit the appeal form with the required $25 fee by the required deadline.

Defer admission 

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.

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.

Contact PDP Admissions

Early Application Deadline

  • Submit your PDP application by November 30, 2020 to be considered for early admission. Applications for fall 2021 close January 15, 2021