Post Baccalaureate Diplomas (PBDs)
Our Post Baccalaureate Diplomas (PBDs) are popular with teachers wishing to upgrade or specialize. Students can begin their coursework towards a PBD in any semester. Returning SFU students either apply for reactivation or readmission. Students new to SFU apply for undergraduate admission. There are deadlines associated with applying for admission or readmission. Students are normally given five years to complete a PBD at SFU, as it may not be possible to complete a PBD in two or three semesters because not all courses are offered every semester.
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PBD PROGRAM PROPOSAL DEADLINES
- January 31 for Summer (May)
- February 28 for Fall (September)
- September 15 for Spring (January)
(Late Proposals will be considered.)
Counselling and Human Development PBD
This program offers individuals, who are employed or seeking employment in a human services or health care profession, a focused introduction to the core knowledge bases involved in counselling. Course work is designed to enhance the effectiveness of students in their current job or better prepare them for a future career in a helping profession.
Early Learning PBD
This PBD provides a focus for students wishing to work with children aged three through eight.
Environmental Education PBD
This program will interest practicing teachers who want to assist students to develop a greater awareness and understanding of the broadly defined environment. The program encompasses aspects of environment education. Through selected course work, environmental issues are explored using a multidisciplinary approach and historical and contemporary issues in human-environment interaction as related to diverse curricula.
Education (General) PBD
This diploma offers the opportunity to design and pursue a program of individualized study. Students wishing to use the post baccalaureate diploma to raise their teacher qualifications should speak with the Teacher Qualification Service or their school district regarding acceptable courses.
French and Education PBD
The Department of French and the Faculty of Education jointly offer this program comprising a set of courses for practising or future French teachers. This program includes courses directly related to the pedagogy of French as a second language as well as courses enhancing previous language competence, or knowledge of French literature or linguistics.
Special Education PBD
This program offers educators and health care professionals who work with children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to consolidate work in lifespan development and special education in a way that facilitates a common discussion ground. The course work emphasizes knowledge and skills about lifespan development, individual differences, and assessment and support. Emphasis is placed on understanding how challenges presented to families of children with disabilities change over time as children mature and as they make transitions across home, school and community contexts.