The Professional Linking Program (PLP) is a flexible teacher education program that enables working paraprofessionals — student support workers, para-educators (e.g., education assistants, child and youth care workers, counselors, settlement workers), independent schools educators, Francophone teachers working with letters of permission — to become certified as teachers in British Columbia.

The PLP is unique in that it enables participants to pursue certification while continuing to work in their current roles, except for the long practicum semester.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Have a minimum of two years of paraprofessional experience in their current role (in the school setting) and be working a minimum of three days per week, at the time of application;
  • Be working with children and youth at the age level they are applying to teach (i.e. Elementary or Secondary);
  • Meet the minimum academic admission requirements for the age level they wish to teach; and 
  • If accepted into the program, must be employed a minimum of three days a week (in a school setting) working with children and youth at the age level they have been accepted to teach. 


  • Length: 16 months (4 semesters)
  • Location: SFU Burnaby and Surrey campuses
  • Tuition: Approx. $12,000 plus books (see student fees
  • Next Intake: January 2023
  • Applications Open: October 1, 2021
  • Applications Close: January 15, 2022



Monday, August 23, 2021

  • Time: 4:00 pm
  • Location: Webinar