PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION PROGRAM

Application Instructions

Simon Fraser University has a Code of Academic Integrity and Good Conduct (S10.01 Policy o), which applies to this application. You must produce your own independently written application materials. Plagiarized or ghost-written materials will not be accepted. 

PQP APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

How to Apply

A Professional Qualification Program (PQP) application will include the following items:

Online Application

If you have confirmed your eligiblity to apply to the PQP you may apply to the program via the online application.

The deadline to apply for the January 2022 intake of PQP is on March 31, 2021*

*Applications extended until April 16, 2021.

Letter of Introduction

In your introductory letter you should describe yourself, your teaching background, what your teaching experiences were like for you, and your reasons for applying to the PQP at SFU. This letter should not exceed two pages. 

You will upload your introductory letter to the online application system in PDF format.

Résumé    

Your résumé should detail your teaching experience and your educational background. Your résumé should not be in a narrative or cover letter format, but details are necessary to explain your teaching-related experience. Include the nature of your duties for each teaching-related position you have held, the name of the school/country in which you worked, the length of time you worked, and the total years of experience you have teaching.

You will upload your résumé to the online application system in PDF format.

Essay

In your essay you will discuss an experience from your employment as a teacher in your home country and an experience from your volunteer work in a BC classroom and explain:

  • what you learned from these experiences that will help you as an educator in Canada
  • what questions these experiences raise for you related to teaching and learning

If you refer to other people in your essay - especially children or youth with whom you have worked - please change their names and describe your experience with them in such a way that you guard their right to privacy.

Proofread your paper carefully. It will be evaluated based on the overall quality of the writing and the evidence it shows of critical reflection and your potential for and interest in a career in teaching in BC.

Your essay should be 500 - 1000 words long and not exceed 2 single-sided pages using 12-point font with 1 inch margins on all sides. You will upload your essay to the online application system in PDF format.

Recommendations

You will be required to submit the email addresses of 2-3 individuals willing to provide a recommendation on your behalf. These should come primarily from a current or past employer or a supervisor of volunteer work who has observed you interacting with children/adolescents in an education setting. One recommendation must come from a BC educator who has observed you in a BC classroom.

Once you've entered your recommenders' email addresses in the online application system, the system will automatically send them an email requesting they fill out an online recommendation form. You can download the Recommendation Form Questions to review some of the questions your recommendation writers will be asked. 

When considering who to ask, please keep in mind that:

  • We reserve the right to contact recommenders to verify the information they provide; and recommendations must be professional in nature.
  • Recommendations from friends or relatives are not acceptable, even if those friends or relatives are educators. Inappropriate recommendations will render the application ineligible for consideration.

Examples of inappropriate recommenders include:

  • Family members, including in-law, step-family, etc. 
  • Friends and co-workers

Official Transcripts

You must submit transcripts for all academic coursework you have completed. The PQP Admissions office will accept copies of official international transcripts. You can send scanned copies of your official international transcripts via email to pps_transcripts@sfu.ca, by fax to 778-782-8119, or by mail to the address below.

All domestic transcripts should be sent directly from the post-secondary institution to the PPS Admissions office. As our Surrey office is currently closed to the public due to COVID-19, do not attempt to drop documents off in-person. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the preferred method of receiving transcripts is by email.

We will accept emailed transcripts sent directly from the post-secondary institutions to our office. Please have them sent directly to pps_transcripts@sfu.ca from the institution.

Transcripts delivered by mail must be sent to this address: 

PPS Admissions Office, Faculty of Education
Central City Galleria 5
Simon Fraser University
250-13450 102 Avenue
Surrey, BC  V3T 0A3

The deadline for your transcripts to arrive at the PPS Admissions office is March 31.

Note: if you are offered admission to the PQP, you will be required to apply to SFU to become an undergraduate student by the September 15 deadline. SFU Admissions will require original, official transcripts for all academic coursework you have completed.

Teaching Certificates

You will upload copies of any valid teaching certificates you currently hold to the online application system.

TCB Evaluation Letter

You will upload your TCB letter of evaluation to the online application system. If your TCB evaluation is in progress, please inform the PPS Admissions Office.

Application Fee

There is a $60 application fee to apply to the PQP.

INTERVIEW PROCESS

Applicants who are evaluated based on their application package as potentially suitable candidates for the PQP will be invited for an interview with the Admissions Committee. The interview allows the Admissions Committee to learn more about you and determine your candidacy for the PQP. Only short-listed applicants are contacted for an interview and the interview does not guarantee an offer of admission to the PQP.

ADMISSION TO SFU

All applicants to the PQP must be eligible for admission to SFU. If you have not attended SFU and you have been offered admission to the PQP, you will need to apply for SFU admission after your receive an offer of admission to the PQP. SFU Admissions will require original, official transcripts in sealed envelopes from all academic institutions you have attended. SFU Admissions will not accept copies of transcripts forwarded from our office. PQP applicants who are not admissible to SFU will not be permitted to enrol in the program.

The deadline to apply for admission to SFU is September 15th.