Professional Development Program


The Professional Development Program (PDP) has 10 program goals that student teachers must satisfy in order to complete the program. Student teachers who successfully complete the program are recommended by SFU to the Teacher Certification Branch of the BC Ministry of Education for a teaching certificate


With careful course and minor selection during the third semester of the PDP (EDUC 404), student teachers can complete a Bachelor of Education (BEd) as a second degree

The BEd is an internationally-recognized credential and a great option for student teachers who are considering teaching overseas. Completion of the BEd second degree is strictly optional and does not add extra time or cost to the program. It also does not affect the BC teaching certificate recommendation.


To complete the BEd second degree, student teachers must have a Bachelor's degree from an approved institution and meet SFU's literacy and quantitative requirements.

Student teachers must also:  

  • Take a minimum 15 upper division EDUC units during the EDUC 404 semester, including a Q course;
  • Meet the requirements of an Education minor within the 15 upper division EDUC units.