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Helping Expand Access for Returning Teachers (HEART) Practicum

This is an extended practicum option involving between ten and twelve weeks of orientation, observation and teaching in a BC public school classroom. Applicants whose BC teacher certificate has expired, or applicants possessing a certificate from another province require a supporting letter from the Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB).

Admission Requirements

Applicants must be attending Simon Fraser University, or be admissible.

Applicants who have not attended Simon Fraser University previously, or who have not attended in any of three terms prior to intended enrollment in EDUC 406, must submit the application for undergraduate admission to Student Services. 

Students intending to complete Simon Fraser University courses in preparation for application to EDUC 406 should email

HEART applications should be received by: February 15 for fall term; September 15 for spring term. An interview is required. Application available at:

Applications should be sent to Faculty of Education, Professional Programs, attention Karen Hill.

Program Requirements

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

This is a supervised orientation/observation and teaching sequence of about 12 weeks in a British Columbia public school. This practicum offers educators, who do not meet BC certification requirements, an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the BC school system and to update teaching skills to acquire certification. The course is normally offered in the fall and spring terms only and space is limited. Grading is on a pass/withdraw basis.

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.