PROFESSIONAL LINKING PROGRAM (PLP)
The Professional Linking Program (PLP) is a unique 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 Professional Linking Program is unique in that it enables participants to pursue certification while continuing to work in their current positions for all but the long-practicum semester.
To be eligible to apply to the PLP, you must satisfy all of the following:
- you must have completed a minimum of two years of paraprofessional experience in your current role in the school setting and be working a minimum of 3 days per week, at the time of application;
- you must be working with children and youth at the age level for which you are applying to the program (i.e. Elementary or Secondary);
- if accepted into the program, you must be employed a minimum of three days a week in a school setting working with children and youth at the age level you have been accepted to teach;
- you must meet the minimum academic admission requirements for the age level you wish to teach.