Teacher Education (PQP)
This 12 month, full-time (36 units) program is for qualified teachers who are new to Canada and who require a particular orientation to the philosophies and practices of education in our local schools. Applicants to the PQP are internationally-trained teachers with a valid evaluation letter from the Teacher Certification Branch (TCB) recommending them to complete the PQP at SFU.
Applicants must be attending Simon Fraser University or be admissable.
Candidates who have not attended Simon Fraser University previously, or who have not attended in any of the three terms prior to intended enrollment, must apply for admission or readmission.
PQP applicants must also provide the Preservice Professional Studies Admissions office with a TCB letter showing recommendation for enrollment in PQP or a similar program.
All candidates are required to complete the online professional qualification program application form located at https://www.sfu.ca/education/teachersed/programs/pqp/overview.html.
An interview is required.
All applications must be submitted to the Preservice Professional Studies Admissions office by March 31.
All applicants pay the PQP application fee online at: https://www.sfu.ca/education/teachersed/programs/pqp/overview.html.
All PQP applicants are required to submit the following:
- two to three online recommendation forms
- a written essay described further on the PQP website at: https://www.sfu.ca/education/teachersed/programs/pqp/application-instructions.html
- a resumé
- a letter of introduction
- all transcripts
- copies of any valid teaching certificates held
- TCB evaluation letter
Before program admission, applicants must demonstrate competence in written and oral English.
If the number of PQP applicants exceeds facilities and staffing capabilities, the admissions committee will select the best qualified candidates.
The program's duration is four terms.
Professional studies and activities are arranged in the following sequence.
In the first term, students complete both of
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.
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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.
In EDUC 352, various educational issues related to the caring for learners and the creation of learning communities are explored. Students spend time in educational settings exploring the importance of connected educational experiences for learners. In EDUC 483, students develop conceptual and technical skills through workshops, seminars, and directed and independent study. This course 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.
In the second term, students complete
A half term of observation and experience in a BC school during which 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 a minimum of one methodology course related to their grade/subject area, taken during the summer session (May - August). Additional courses as prescribed by the TCB evaluation may be required.
EDUC 401 (Introduction to Classroom Teaching) is a half-term of observation and experience in a BC school during which students work with a teacher selected by school authorities and appointed by SFU as a school associate. Students observe, teach, and participate in school routines and programs.
In the third term, students complete
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.
EDUC 406 is designed for those who need to meet BC certification requirements. It is a supervised orientation or teaching sequence of approximately 10-12 weeks in a BC public school. This practicum is designed as an opportunity to familiarize students and update their teaching skills.
Upon successful completion of the first two terms, students will then have satisfied the TCB familiarization and methodology requirement for the certification of internationally-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 TCB's practicum requirement for the certification of internationally-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 coordinator 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.
Students complete normal Simon Fraser University enrollment procedures before commencing studies in any term of the professional qualification program.
Successful applicants will be required to undergo a criminal record check. If the check indicates the applicant has a criminal record, that may preclude continuation in PQP.
Students must meet program goals, as outlined in the Preservice Professional Studies Handbook.
Those with valid reasons may be given permission by the director of Professional Programs to interrupt their program. A formal request must be submitted in writing to the director, Professional Programs. A program interruption requested by a student may normally last no longer than two years.
Students who indicate their intention to undertake a given PQP term and then do not honour this commitment are considered to have withdrawn from the program. Permission to re-enter is not given automatically.
Students who withdraw from EDUC 352, EDUC 483, or EDUC 401 must re-apply through Preservice Professional Studies Admissions.
EDUC 406: Students may apply for re-entry by September 15 for the spring term or March 15 for the fall term. Students must meet the conditions for re-entry outlined in their withdrawal paperwork. An interview may be required. Applications must be submitted within two years of the withdrawal. Re-entry is competitive; there is no guarantee of admission to a particular term.
A student withdrawn from EDUC 406 for a second time may not re-enter the program unless by appeal.
Students who withdraw from PQP may apply for re-entry within two years of withdrawal. Students who do not re-enter within the specified time must re-apply to the program and must meet the admission requirements at the time of reapplication.
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.