PROFESSIONAL LINKING PROGRAM

Program Structure

The Professional Linking Program (PLP) has four semesters that are structured to accommodate busy working schedules.

SEMESTER 1: EDUC 402W - Studies of Educational Theory and Practice (7 units)

January – April
Wednesdays 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Saturdays 9:00am - 1:00pm

In EDUC 402, student teachers begin the study of the literature of education and examine educational issues. Campus-based seminars will introduce theory, concepts and methodologies relevant to teacher development. Student teachers may also attend curriculum workshops to become more familiar with a vast array of educational resources. During the first semester, the goal is to make meaning of the vast and complex world of educational practice, and have this meaning informed by the extensive study of the literature and by thoughtful, reflective discourse. 

SEMESTER 2: EDUC 404 - Professional Coursework (15 units)

May – August
Full-time studies

All PLP student teachers are required to take a minimum of 15 units of upper-division Education courses in order to complete the Professional Coursework requirements for certification. Courses can be taken over one or more semesters to accommodate work schedules. With careful course and minor selection, student teachers can also complete a Bachelor of Education (BEd) as second degree without adding any extra time or cost to the program. An Advisor will provide more information on this option during the first semester of the program. 

SEMESTER 3: EDUC 403 - Studies in Teaching and Learning (11 units)

september – december
Saturdays 9:00am - 1:00pm  

During the third semester, PLP students teacher engage in school observation and practice teaching opportunities that build on the theoretical foundations explored in the first semester. Student teachers connect their previous knowledge and experience as paraprofessionals with seminar concepts and practicum activities. This semester offers opportunities to develop dispositional capacities and engage in comparative studies of teaching/learning between students' current roles and their future roles as teachers. The course aims to enhance existing knowledge about pedagogical practices through reflective practice and community learning models, and integrates this with the broader competencies of a teacher. Campus-based classes are held on weekends. There is also the requirement of a three-week period of continuous practice teaching in early November. It is the student teacher's responsibility to arrange for time off from their employment in order to attend to the practice teaching requirement. Students will be placed by the placement coordinator in local schools in the Lower Mainland or Fraser Valley. Students must be prepared to travel a distance to attend their school placements.

SEMESTER 4: EDUC 405 - Teaching Semester (15 units)

January – April
Full-time teaching practicum

In Education 405, student teachers are assigned to a classroom for 10–12 weeks of student teaching experience. During this semester, the school associate and faculty associate provide help and guidance, as well as make assessments of your growth toward the achievement of standards of professional competence. All PLP student teachers must arrange with their districts for a full-time leave of absence for the entire practicum of EDUC 405. Students will be placed by the placement coordinator in local schools in the Lower Mainland or Fraser Valley. Students must be prepared to travel a distance to attend their school placements.

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