Simon Fraser University SFU Admission Requirements

Simon Fraser University SFU Admission Requirements

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You must meet the admission requirements for the PDP, including the specific minimum requirements for entry into the Elementary level or Secondary level of the PDP. Completion of the PDP will result in a recommendation to the BC Teacher Regulation Branch for a Teaching Certificate.

Minimum Requirements


Entrance into the Professional Development Program is competitive. Most years, about 50% of applicants eventually enrol in the program for the start date to which they applied. For applications to be considered, they must meet the following minimum requirements:

PDP Admission Minimum RequirementsElementary ApplicantsSecondary ApplicantsComplete:
By Time of Application
Complete: 1 Full Semester Before Starting PDPComplete: Before Starting PDP
A 4-year bachelor degree
GPA of 2.5 or higher
Two English courses, which include a minimum of 3 units of English Literature **
SFU literacy requirement
SFU quantitative requirement (B.Ed. 2nd degree only)
1 Canadian history course
1 Canadian geography course
Math 190 (principles of mathematics for teachers) or equivalent
1 laboratory science
1 education course***
A major in a teachable subject or a minor in two teachable subjects
French Language Appraisal (French module only – contact OFFA)


Completion of an acceptable Education (EDUC) course prior to PDP is recommended. If an Education course is not complete prior to PDP, an additional Education course must be completed during the summer semester of the program to satisfy the TRB certification requirement.

An acceptable course in Education is any course with “EDUC” in its course prefix, covering topics appropriate to the Elementary or Secondary grade levels; the following SFU EDUC courses are not acceptable: EDUC 199, 211, 212, 342, 351


French literature and composition may be substituted for applicants to the French language PDP; however, this option may prohibit completing a B.Ed. as a second degree within PDP.

Chart of Acceptable Courses

To help you with your selection, we have provided a Chart of Acceptable Courses offered by Simon Fraser University and other B.C. post-secondary level institutions, that will satisfy our prerequisites.

Secondary Applicants Teachable Subjects and Areas

To teach in secondary schools, you must have completed one major or two minors in teachable subjects. The exact requirements for majors and minors in various disciplines (mathematics, English, etc.) differs by faculty and department.  However,

  • a major is approximately 15 to 18 units of lower division coursework (100 & 200 level courses), plus approximately 30 units of upper division coursework (300 & 400 level courses), all in one subject; while
  • a minor is approximately 12 to 15 units of lower level coursework, plus approximately 18 units of upper division coursework in one subject.

Please refer to the Simon Fraser University Calendar for specific major/minor requirements of a particular faculty or department.

Not all university majors and minors will translate into teachable subjects in British Columbian Secondary Schools.  See the lists below for teachable subjects.


  • English
  • World Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Biological Sciences
  • Earth Science
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • French
  • Music (Program starting in January only)
  • Visual Arts (Program starting in January only)
  • Social Studies (click to see qualifying majors/minors and required courses)


  • Theatre (Program starting in January only)
  • Dance (Program starting in January only)
  • Computing Science
  • Physical Education (Kinesiology)

French Language Appraisal (FLA)

The French Language Appraisal (FLA) is a written and oral test in French, required of applicants to the French Module only and scheduled through the Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs (OFFA). Applicants interested in the French Module should contact that office to arrange the FLA at the time they are submitting their application and complete it one semester before their enrolment in PDP. OFFA will directly forward the completed FLA results to the PDP admissions office.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

We calculate your gradepoint average using the most recent two years (approximately 60 units) of undergraduate coursework complete at the time of application. (This may include post-degree coursework). Applicants with a gradepoint below 2.5 (on the 4.33 point scale) in this calculation will not be considered.

SFU Literacy Requirement

To be eligible to enrol in the first semester of PDP, Integration of Theory and Practice, students must meet SFU’s literacy requirements. Students who have completed a post-secondary English course transferable to SFU with a C- or better automatically meet this requirement. There are other ways to meet it as well. For details see SFU’s webpage on the literacy requirement o.

The Integration of Theory and Practice semester for PDP consists of two courses (EDUC 401W, and EDUC 402W), both of which are “writing intensive o” (or “W”) courses. Writing intensive courses at SFU are designed to improve student writing by including a significant amount of coursework and feedback related to discipline-specific forms of writing. To be eligible to enrol in a W course, students must meet SFU’s literacy requirements.

Successful PDP applicants must meet SFU’s literacy requirement by the time they need to enrol in 401W/402W. See the application checklist for dates f.

SFU Quantitative Requirement

In order to declare and complete a B.Ed. as a 2nd degree students must be eligible to enroll in a Q course. Students must meet SFU’s quantitative requirements. There is more than one way to meet this requirement. For details see SFU’s webpage on the quantitative requirement.