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Professional Qualification Program

This is a 3 term (36 units) program specifically developed for individuals with previous teaching experience and qualifications from outside Canada. Applicants to the PQP are foreign-trained teachers who have been evaluated by the TRB and have been recommended to complete the Professional Qualification Program (PQP) at SFU.

Admission Requirements

PQP applicants must be admissible to Simon Fraser University. Those who have never attended here, or who have not attended in any of the previous three terms prior to their intended enrollment, must apply for university admission. See Undergraduate Admission.

PQP applicants must also provide the Professional Programs admissions office with a Teacher Regulation Branch letter showing recommendation for enrollment in PQP or a similar program.

Send applications to: Faculty of Education, Surrey campus, Special Programs Advisor 250-13450 102nd Avenue, Surrey BC, V3T 0A3. These are due by March 31. An interview is required. Application available here.

Program Requirements

First Term

Students complete both of

EDUC 352W - Building on Reflective Practice (4)

Building on the experience of EDUC 252, prospective educators will continue to develop their reflective practice. Various educational issues related to the caring for learners and the creation of learning communities will be explored. Students will spend time in educational settings exploring the importance of connected educational experiences for learners. Prerequisite: EDUC 252. Students with credit for EDUC 401 or holding a teaching certificate may not take this course for credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Marela Dichupa
Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 3533, Burnaby
EDUC 483 - Designs for Learning: Curriculum Studies (8)

Development of conceptual and technical skills through workshops, seminars, and directed and independent study. Deals with human development and learning in the school. Stress will be placed on approaches to individualizing instruction and to integrating the curriculum in different subject areas. It will normally be taught by two or more faculty members. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.

Second Term

Students complete

EDUC 401W - Introduction to Classroom Teaching (8)

A half term of observation and experience in a BC school during which two students work as a team with a teacher selected by school authorities and appointed by Simon Fraser University as a school associate. Students observe, teach and participate in school routines and programs. Grading is on a pass/withdraw basis. Prerequisite: Admission to Professional Development Program. Students must successfully complete a Criminal Record Check. Students with credit for EDUC 403 may not take EDUC 401 for further credit. Writing.

and one additional upper division EDUC course (at least four units) selected by the student and approved by the director of PDP or designate

Third Term

Students complete

EDUC 406 - Supervised Observation and Teaching (12)

Education 406 is designed for those who need to meet BC certification requirements. It is a supervised orientation/observation/teaching sequence of approximately ten weeks, in a BC public school. This practicum is designed as an opportunity to familiarize students with the British Columbia school system and update their teaching skills. EDUC 406 is not applicable toward the credit requirements for a degree or diploma, i.e. not counted in total units. Grading will be on a pass/withdrawal basis. Prerequisite: Permission will not be given to students without previous teaching experience. Students must successfully complete a Criminal Record Check.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D001 TBD

Upon successful completion of the first two terms, students will then have satisfied the Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB) familiarization and methodology requirement for the certification of foreign trained teachers. Upon approval of the director of professional programs, PQP students may then enter EDUC 406, and upon satisfactory completion of that course, will meet the TRB's practicum requirement for the certification of foreign trained teachers.

PQP students who complete all 36 units will also have met the requirements for the certificate in professional practices. In exceptional circumstances, the faculty associate and the PQP co-ordinator may recommend to the program director that the student complete EDUC 406 after completion of the first 12 units of PQP. In this case, the student does not need to complete the second term of course work. It is recommended that students complete at least eight units in Designs for Learning courses (EDUC 412W, 414-416, 430, 472-483, 485) to enhance classroom skills.

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.