Teacher Education - Professional Programs


  • Email: educprog@sfu.ca
  • Phone: 778-782-7646
  • Office: 198C, Cornerstone Building, SFU Burnaby


Become a teacher

British Columbia needs qualified French teachers. Teacher Education programs are offered at the Faculty of Education at SFU. After successful completion of these programs, students are recommended to the Teacher Regulation Branch of the BC Ministry of Education to obtain their teaching certificates.

The PDP French module is taught in French and prepares students for teaching in elementary and secondary schools in British Columbia in the following programs:

  • French as a Second Language (FSL) / Core French
    Teaching French in an English program
  • French Immersion
    Teaching French and other subjects in French
  • Programme francophone
    Teaching French and other subjects in French at the Francophone School District (Conseil scolaire francophone CSF)

School teachers, school principals or school district directors working in the BC public education system must possess a teaching certificate delivered by the Ministry of Education.  

Professional Development Program (PDP)
- French Module -

  • Full-time
  • Duration: 16 months

This program combines practica and professional coursework by integrating the understanding of the important educational theories and the application of pedagogical practices in the classroom.

Professional Linking Program (PLP)

  • Partially part-time
  • Duration: 16 months

Program designed for paraprofessionals, student support workers, para-educations (social workers, counsellors, settlement workers), adult educations, independent teachers, Early Childhood Educators (ECE trained teachers) and trades, technical and Francophone teachers operating on letters of permission.  

Watch Joanne's journey through the French Module of the Professional Development Program

Joanne followed her passion ... she became a teacher.  Today, she shares her love for the French language and culture in her very own classroom ...