Professional Development Program

Application Evaluation Process

Your application goes through a six-step process:

1. Wait for all transcripts to arrive

After applications are submitted online, they may not advance to the next stage of the evaluation process until all transcripts are received by the Admissions office.

2. Check for minimum academic requirements




A member of the PPS Admissions team reviews each application to:

  • Calculate the GPA for the last 60 credits
  • Determine whether the applicant will meet the minimal academic requirements for the subject(s) they wish to teach 

Applicants who have applied in more than one subject area may be eligible in one and not in the other.  They will only be considered in later stages for those areas in which they meet all the minimum requirements.  They will be considered “ineligible” for the others.

Only those applicants that meet the minimum requirements in at least one subject area will be passed on to the reviewing stage.  

The process of checking academic requirements is time consuming.  To speed up the overall reviewing process, applications are released in waves from requirement checking into reviewing.  This means that decisions on some applications are made earlier than for others.




3. Review the application materials

  • Two members of the admissions team review the online application materials and complete a reviewing form.  
  • If there is something in the application materials that raises a concern (such as, but not limited to, references, evidence of falsified, misleading, plagiarized or ghost-written materials), that application is put aside until the concern can be explored by admissions administration.  If the concern is legitimate, the application will be removed from consideration.  Otherwise, the application returns to the regular review process without penalty.

4. Create composite scores

Once the reviews are done, the scores of the reviewers are combined with the scores of the reference writers to create ratings in seven key dimensions. These dimensions are then combined into a composite score.

Application scoring dimensions and their weights



Portion of Composite

Experience working with children and youth


Interpersonal proficiencies and dispositions


Proficiency with written communication


Leadership experience and potential


Work proficiencies


Experience and proficiency with supporting learning


Academic Strength/Critical reflection


The final composite score is on a scale of 0 to 4 and can be interpreted similarly to a Grade Point Average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale.

Composite score ranges and their interpretation

Composite range



Very strong







Less than 2.0

Very weak

Examples of applications with a summary of their reviews, including composite and dimensions scores, along with advice for improvement are available.  

5. Make decisions in each subject area competition

Each year a “seat limit” is set for each subject area and for the specialty modules (ITEM and French).  A certain number of applicants may be admitted for elementary positions, another number for secondary mathematics, etc.  Applicants may be considered in more than one subject area.

  • For each of these competitions, an ordered list is made based on composite scores.  Those higher on the list will receive a seat in that competition first.  Those with composite scores too low to be considered are marked as “inadmissible”.
  • Students who are being considered in multiple competitions may be competitive for a seat in one and not in another.
  • When offers are made, if an applicant’s seat is in one subject area competition, but they meet the minimum academic requirements in another, they may receive notice that they are being accepted in both subject areas.
  • Students whose composite is acceptable, but too low on the competition list to receive an offer will be put on a waitlist.

6. Inform applications of the decisions in email

  • Applicants are informed about their admission status by an email from the PPS Admissions office by the dates published on the 'PDP Application Timeline and Checklist'.
  • Applicants who are waitlisted or not accepted into the program have the opportunity to meet with the Manager, Admissions and Recruitment to discuss their admission decision.
  • Admission to the PDP is subject to admission/readmission to SFU.