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Our Education Law Qualification Program (ELQP) includes the statutes that inform education in Ontario from the federal level to the board and school levels with an emphasis on

  • laws
  • regulations
  • policies and
  • a principal's accountability.

It uses a case-study approach and is supported by a variety of resources including

  • case law reviews
  • expert presenters
  • our Protective Services resources and
  • external legal websites.  

Members of the Ontario College of Teachers in good standing can take this course.

Module Information

Module 1 - Legal Contexts

  • How Does an Idea Become a Law?
  • From Paper to Practice: Education law in Ontario
  • The Law and Politics
  • Legal Concepts
  • The Education Act and Regulations: Who does what?
  • Examining Regulation 298: How important are the details?
  • Ensuring Procedural Fairness

Module 2 - Management of Schools

  • Employment Law
  • Collective Agreements / Terms and Conditions
  • Regulating the Profession: What is the public interest?
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Behaviour and Performance: Understanding the difference

Module 3 - Rights of Students and Employees

  • Equality versus Equity
  • The Ontario Human Rights Code
  • Child Protection
  • Safeguarding against Injury
  • Privacy and Information Management

Module 4 - Safety and Health

  • Safe Schools
  • Health and Safety
  • Disability and Wellness
  • Workplace Violence and Harassment
  • Educational Law – The complexity
  • Understanding Legal Liability 

A minimum of 125 hours is included in the course. 

Qualified candidates can apply to Charles Sturt University for inclusion of this Additional Qualification (AQ) as a prior learning credit towards the Master of International Education (School Leadership) or Master of Education degree.

Course Fee

$875.00 covers all four modules and includes a $50 non-refundable registration fee.

Upcoming Sessions

2021 Online

Registration deadlines are firm.

October 2, 2021 - December 18, 2021

  • Module 1 - October 2 - December 18
  • Module 2 - October 16 - November 5
  • Module 3 - November 6 - 26
  • Module 4 - November 27 - December 18

Registration Deadline: September 18, 2021


Online module dates are guidelines. There is flexibility to meet the needs of candidates. Course work is expected to be completed by December 18, 2021. 

Terms and Conditions

 Refund Policy

A full refund is available if you cancel up to two weeks before the start date, less a $50.00 non-refundable registration fee.


A $250.00 refund is available if you cancel one week before the start date.


There is no refund for cancellations after the start date.


A full refund applies when a session is cancelled due to low enrollment. 

 Interpretation Services
The OPC is committed to accommodating the individual needs of our Members, in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code.  Once a candidate has registered and paid the applicable registration fees for a course, the OPC will contract with an interpretation service of its choosing and will cover the fees and expenses related to interpretation services in accordance with its contract arrangements with the interpreter.  The candidate is welcome to provide a list of preferred interpreters for us to consider, but OPC retains the discretion to choose the provider of these services.

As the OPC is required to comply with the cancellation policy specific to each independent interpreter, it will communicate the cancellation policy to the course candidate in writing. A candidate seeking to cancel their participation in an OPC course must comply with the interpreter’s cancellation policy and be respectful of the associated timelines. Candidates will be held responsible for cancellation fees applied as a result of missing timelines for cancellation.

OPC’s standard refund policy will also apply to all cancellations.