Professional Development Program

An Enhanced Learning Experience

Simon Fraser University's Faculty of Education, Senate and the British Columbia Teachers' Council (BCTC) have approved a plan to enhance SFU's long-standing teacher education program.

From Septmeber 2018, the Professional Development Program (PDP) will have an extra semester called EDUC 400: Foundations of Education and Schooling. 

Retaining the program's many benefits, the new introductory semester creates space and will give student teachers a stronger scholarly foundation on which to build their careers.

Starting September 2018:

  • 16 months (4 semesters)
  • Annual intake (September)
  • New Semester - EDUC 400: Foundations of Education & Schooling

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why is the program changing?

Since 1965, the Professional Development Program (PDP) has been developing outstanding new teachers. In fact, it's developed over 20,000 of them. To ensure the program's continued success, student teachers must be provided the necessary time, support, and resources to fully prepare for a career in education. The new semester has been designed to do just that. EDUC 400 will create space and help student teachers to situate the work of teachers and teaching on a broad scholarly foundation. It will also better equip them to continue their professional development, using inquiry and critical reflection, throughout their careers.

What is EDUC 400?

From September 2018, EDUC 400: Foundations of Education & Schooling will become the first semester of the Professional Development Program (PDP). Student teachers will now start their learning journey by exploring the historical, philosophical, social and cultural foundations of education and schooling. Working in a small group called a Professional Learning Community (PLC), student teachers explore foundational themes, begin their guided inquiry, and participate in focused learning experiences in schools and educational communities.  

What are the benefits?

The overarching goal of the Professional Development Program (PDP) is to prepare outstanding new teachers. This is omeone who is not just committed to, and capable of, serving their students and communities, but who is also capable of, and committed to, their own ongoing professional learning and development. The introduction of EDUC 400 supports this goal by allowing the time required for students to become such teachers. EDUC 400 will give students teachers a stronger scholarly foundation and more opportunity to develop professional orientations and identities that recognize the responsibilities of practising teachers. Student teachers who successfully complete the program will still be recommended to the Teacher Certification Branch (TCB) for a Teaching Certificate and may be able to complete a Bachelor of Education (BEd) as a second degree during the program. 

When is the program changing?

EDUC 400 will become part of the Professional Development Program (PDP) from September 2018. As a result, the program will increase from three to four semesters and take 16 months to complete. 

Will the changes affect the admission requirements or application process? 

The Professional Development Program's (PDP) admission requirements and application process remain unchanged. Applications can still be submitted online; however, there will be one annual intake in September each year. Please check the application instructions and deadlines for each intake.