Professional Development Program

Program Cohorts

At SFU, we believe that teaching is fundamentally grounded in relationships.

That is why the Professional Development Program (PDP) is designed to help student teachers develop strong relational practices.

Throughout the program, student teachers work in small cohorts called Professional Learning Communities (PLC) and Modules. Within this model, student teachers have extended opportunities to build professional working relationships with their peers, teacher educators, and practicing K-12 teachers. The PDP uses highly-skilled, seconded teachers and tenure-track Education Faculty as teacher educators.

Professional Learning Communities

During the first semester (EDUC 400), student teachers become part of a Professional Learning Community. A PLC is a small group of student teachers who work closely with an instructional team to explore foundational themes, begin their guided inquiry, and participate in focused learning experiences in educational communities.

Some PLCs are based in Surrey and others in Burnaby. We take into account student campus preference as indicated during the application process.

Note: French and ITEM student teachers are placed together in their own PLCs during the 400 semester.


From the second semester (EDUC 401/402) onwards, student teachers become a member of a Module. A Module is a small group of student teachers who work with dedicated teacher educators to focus on the integration of theory and practice. The PDP offers a variety of Modules, each with a different theme. All address the core matters of diversity, equity, indigeneity, literacy, numeracy, ecology, technology, artistry and creativity, and health and physical activity.  

Please see our Module and Placement FAQs for more information.

PDP Admissions

Hear what Madison has to say about the French Module:  

Hear what Sam has to say about the ITEM, India MODULE:  

FRENCH - Specialty Module

Prepare to teach in French in British Columbia

Burnaby Community Module

Explore the role of the community in education

C3 Module

Explore creative and collaborative communities

Lifework Module

Explore the concepts of social justice and social responsibility

Secondary Module

Develop pedagogical approaches to content areas

ITEM - Specialty Module

Experience International Teacher Education abroad

Langley Community Module

Explore the role of the community in education

Fine & Performing Arts Module

Explore arts-based curriculum and integration

LUC Module

Explore and develop literacies in the urban classroom

SEEDs Module

Sustainability education in a diverse environment

IPTEM - Specialty Module

Explore Indigenous Perspectives Teacher Education  

Imaginative Education Module

Explore theory and tools of imaginative education

Playworks Module

Explore play, movement, physicality and physical activity