The Professional Development Program (PDP) is a full-time, 16-month, post-degree teacher education program offered by SFU's Faculty of Education. It is for anyone who wants to teach K - 12 and get their B.C. teaching certificate. Applicants must have completed a Bachelor's degree in order to apply. If admitted, you may have the option of completing a Bachelor of Education as a second degree during the program — without adding extra time or cost. 

Useful links:

SFU Calendar
SFU Department Website
BC Transfer Guide
Langara Diagnostic Tests for pre-requisites


To be admitted into the Professional Development Program (Elementary Education) students require:

  1. A Bachelor's degree before starting the PDP. If you are interested in elementary education then a minimum 90 credit degree is required.
  2. A minimum of 76 credits before applying for the PDP. 
  3. A GPA of 2.5+ on the approximately last 60 credits of undergraduate coursework.
  4. Experience (volunteer or paid) working with children or youth at the age level you wish to teach.
  5. The following courses:
    • 2 English or French courses (minimum 6 units with 3 units of literature)
    • 1 Canadian History course
    • 1 Canadian Geography course
    • 1 Laboratory Science course
    • 1 Mathematics for teachers course (SFU's MATH 190 or equivalent)
  6. SFU literacy requirement
  7. SFU quantitative requirement

Please see the SFU website for a complete list of requirements. 

Students interested in completing SFU’s PDP program are advised to contact or phone 778.782.3559.

This course planning outline is created by the Langara Counselling Department and is intended for use only as a guide. It is the student's responsibility to consult original sources to ensure accuracy.

Updated September 2022