PROFESSIONAL LINKING PROGRAM
The Professional Linking Program's (PLP) admission requirements vary based on your interest in teaching at the elementary or seconday level.
During the application process, you will be asked to select your grade-level preference. While most people generally have a single preference, you can select a second preference providing you meet the requirements for both elementary and secondary.
WHAT KIND OF TEACHER DO YOU WANT TO BE?
Additional Requirements - All Applicants
SFU UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION REQUIREMENT
All PLP students must be admissible to SFU at the undergraduate level (including meeting the SFU English Language and Quantitative skills admission requirements). Applicants who are accepted into PLP will be required to apply for admission to SFU. See SFU Undergraduate Admissions for details.
SFU LITERACY REQUIREMENT
All PLP applicants must meet SFU's English Language requirement to be admissible to SFU. There are many ways to meet the requirement. Please visit the SFU Undergraduate Admissions English Language requirement website for more information.
To enroll in EDUC 402W or to declare the BEd 2nd degree you must meet the SFU Literacy (FAL) requirement. Note that direct enrollment in a W course requires a higher grade than SFU's English Language admission requirement. See option (a) under "Direct admission from Grade 12" or "Admission by college or university transfer" on the following SFU Curriculum Initiative website.
SFU QUANTITATIVE REQUIREMENT
All applicants to SFU degree programs must meet SFU's Quantitative/Analytical Skills requirement to be admissible to SFU. There are many ways to meet the quantitative requirement. Please visit the SFU Undergraduate Admissions Quantitative requirement website for more information.
To declare the BEd 2nd degree you must meet SFU's Foundations of Academic Numeracy (FAN) requirement for direct enrollment in a Quantitative (Q) course. Note that direct enrollment in a Q course requires a higher grade than SFU's Quantitative/Analytical Skills requirement for admission. See option (a) under "Direct admission from Grade 12" or options (a) and (b) under "Admission by college or university transfer" on the following SFU Curriculum Initiative website.
If you do not meet the SFU English Language requirement or Quantitative/Analytical Skills requirement prior to application to the PLP we strongly suggest you complete an acceptable university or college level W or Q course with a grade of C- or higher.
FRENCH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT – Applicants interested in teaching French or in French only
Applicants who are interested in completing their practicum in French and/or taking the EDUC 404 (summer) courses in French must submit a French language requirement with their PLP application.
TEACHER CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENT
To teach K-12 in BC schools, student teachers must meet the teacher certification requirements set out by the Teacher Certification Branch (TCB) of the B.C. Ministry of Education. In some cases, the PLP's requirements may be higher than the TCB's. This is because the PLP is designed to prepare teachers for the challenges of K–12 schooling in B.C., while the TCB’s must also consider inter-provincial certification.
CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK
Once accepted into the program, all applicants must clear a Criminal Records Check with Vulnerable Sector Search. This must be done through SFU Student Services. People who have been convicted of a criminal offence should contact the TCB for clarification of their status before applying to a teacher education program.