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Education Leadership Canada® > Additional Qualification Programs > Principal's Development Course (PDC)

Principal's Development Course (PDC)

An Additional Qualification (AQ) Course. Qualified candidates may also apply to Charles Sturt University for inclusion of the Principal's Development Course as a prior learning credit towards  the Master of International Education (School Leadership) degree.

Program Overview

Our Principal’s Development Course (PDC) will engage candidates in critical inquiry and the co-construction of knowledge and learning as it applies to complex issues related to creating and sustaining vibrant school and system cultures that enhance student learning and well–being.

Candidates will further explore the ethical dimensions of leadership through the lived experiences of other candidates.

The PDC employs a critical, pedagogical lens to explore in a holistic and integrated manner, various module topics. Through these explorations, candidates strengthen professional efficacy by gaining in-depth knowledge, refining professional judgement and generating new knowledge for practice.

This course consists of a selection of modules (each module is 25 hours) on a variety of topics. All modules are offered in online delivery.

To receive the Additional Qualification (AQ) certification, candidates will need to complete a total of five modules of their choice. The intent is to ensure a flexible offering with new modules being added on a regular basis. 

Current module offerings:

Module 1 - Principal Legal Duties and Liabilities*
Module 2 - Instructional Leadership for School Improvement
Module 3 - Leading an Equitable and Inclusive School
Module 4 - Mentoring Coaching and School Leadership
Module 5 - Building a Digital Leadership Portfolio*
Module 6 - Environmental Eco Justice Leadership
Module 7 - Professional and Challenging Conversations
Module 8 - Leading the Kindergarten Program
Module 9 - Leading in a Digital World 
Module 10 - Supporting LGBTQ in Your School
Module 11 - Leading the Special Education Program
Module 12 - Supporting Leadership in Mathematics
Module 13 - Leading Well-Being in Your School
Module 14 - Leading the French Immersion School

* Completion of modules 1 and 5 are mandatory to receive the AQ certification


Module Content


Admission Requirements

Refund Policy
  • Full refund if cancelled two weeks before start date  – Please note there is a $50 non-refundable registration fee for cancellations.
  • $100 refund if cancelled one week before start date.
  • No refund if cancelled after start date.

Contact for any additional questions.

Please be advised that this is a newly re-designed and re-accredited program, any module completions from the old (2005-2015) PDC model cannot be used as a prior learning credit towards the new PDC.

In this section:

bullet point imagePDC Application Form
bullet point imagePDC 2018 - 19 Schedule
bullet point imagePDC Admission Requirements
bullet point imagePDC Module Content