Professional Development Program

Program Structure

The Professional Development Program (PDP) is designed to prepare student teachers for a career in education by allowing them to explore all the intricacies of the teaching profession.

The full-time, post-degree program has four semesters that integrate theory and practice and combine professional coursework, field experiences, and a teaching practicum. Through a process of inquiry and critical reflection, the PDP also challenges student teachers to learn more about themselves and what they can bring to the profession.

Structure of the PDP

PDP Admissions

Semester 1 (Fall)
EDUC 400: Foundations of Education & Schooling (15 credits) - NEW (September 2018)

In the PDP, student teachers begin their learning journey by exploring the historical, philosophical, social and cultural foundations of education and schooling. Working in a small cohort, called a Professional Learning Community, student teachers focus on developing professional orientations and identities that recognize the expectations and responsibilities of practicing teachers. In EDUC 400, student teachers also start their inquiry into First Nations Pedagogy and Issues and Special Needs Education as an important basis for EDUC 401/402, and the remainder of the program.

Semester 2 (Spring)
EDUC 401/402: Integration of Theory & Practice (15 credits)

During the EDUC 401/402, student teachers focus on continuing their transition from student to teacher by becoming part of a Module. As an integral member of their Module, student teachers participate in seminars and workshops that promote critical inquiry and reflection. As they become more familiar with theories and research related to teaching and learning, student teachers also gain more hands-on experience working in schools and educational communities.

Semester 3 (Summer)
EDUC 404: Professional Coursework (15 credits)

In EDUC 404, student teachers take four to six professional courses related to teaching methods and practices. A minimum of 15 upper division EDUC units is required. Student teachers may select courses based on their own interests and schedules; however, with careful course and minor selection, student teachers may have the option of completing a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) as second degree during the program.

Semester 4 (Fall)
EDUC 405: Teaching Practicum (15 credits)

In EDUC 405, student teachers complete a full-time, supervised teaching practicum at a BC school. Placements are completed over 13 weeks and placement location is determined by a wide variety of factors (see our FAQs for more information). A student teacher's performance in the classroom during their practicum will be used to help assess their personal progress and professional readiness for certification with the Teacher Certification Branch of the BC Ministry of Education.