The Emerging Leader Development Program (ELDP) is designed to prepare teachers for a successful transition to a school administrator role. The five-hour online modules are facilitated by practising principals and provide an opportunity for reflection and dialogue with other emerging leaders. The ELDP focuses on topics described in recent research or identified as helpful by new and experienced principals and vice-principals in building their capacity to deal with the complexity of the role.

Modules may be completed in any order. You can choose as many or as few as you would like to participate in. This is not a certificate program.

Module Information

(all modules are online)

Module 1Developing an Understanding of the School Principal Role

  • The legal duties of principals as outlined in the Education Act
  • The Ontario Leadership Framework: developing an understanding of the 5 domains and how the OLF can be used as a guide for professional growth
  • The personal leadership resources and how they impact the role of the principal
  • Emotional Intelligence (EI)

Module 2Having a Professional/Challenging Conversation

  • Different types of conversations
  • Cognitive and emotional barriers
  • Active trust as an essential part of making change and leading a school
  • Recognizing the power of listening throughout the conversation

Module 3Exploring your Equity Stance

  • The impact of privilege and unconscious bias impact on school, students, staff and communities
  • The principal as change agent
  • Recognizing biases/privilege and the extent to which these inform our decision-making attitudes and actions
  • The moral imperative in creating an equity and inclusive stance

Module 4 – What is Instructional Leadership?

  • How leadership and management are intertwined in the role of principal
  • The changing nature of school leadership
  • The difference between professional learning and professional development
Module 5 - Leading Safe Schools
  • The role of the principal in creating and maintaining safe and caring schools
  • Progressive discipline as a whole-school approach
  • Bullying intervention and prevention as integral to a positive school climate
  • Restorative circles as a means of working through conflict in schools
Module 6 - Data Informed Decision Making
  • The role of the principal in promoting a culture of excellence and accountability
  • Internal, external and holistic accountability
  • Types of data: achievement, demographic, perceptual, and program
  • Data and the School Effectiveness Framework and the School Improvement Process
Module 7 - What are the Legal Duties of a Principal?
  • The similarities and differences between the legal duties of a teacher and principal
  • The relationship between a principal's legal duties and their daily practice
  • Health and safety of students and staff
  • Principal duties related to statutes, regulations, PPM's and board policy

Module 8 - Growing Your Personal Leadership Resources (PLR's)

  • Social resources, psychological resources, and cognitive resources
  • Self-awareness through assessment surveys
  • Strategies to build strong PLR's
  • Personal action plan & SMART goals

Module 9 - Life-Balance for Aspiring Leaders

  • Examine life-balance and it's complexities
  • Explore the wellness wheel
  • Understand your well-being and link to practice
  • Ways to enhance your well-being
 Module 10 - Fostering a Culture of Reconciliation in our Schools
  • Build understandings of the origins, histories, and historical contributions of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Develop awareness and knowledge of treaties and treaty relationships to further our journey towards reconciliation.
  • Learn and understand more about the Indian Act and how it has impacted the lives of Indigenous peoples since 1876.
  • Understand Indigenous experiences related to forced assimilation and the legacy of residential schools.
  • Develop an understanding of the Indigenous protest movement.
  • Set goals of reconciliation for ourselves and our school communities.

Module 11 - Leaders Supporting French as a Second Language Programs in Ontario

  • Explore the benefits and transferable skills afforded through second language learning
  • Understand the similarities and differences between the three French as a Second Language programs in Ontario. 
  • Examine the important role of leadership in French as a Second Language teacher support and retention.
  • Reflect on how leaders create equitable and optimal conditions for learning for all learners in French as a Second Language programs.

Module 12 - Supporting Student Mental Health

  • Explore a shared language of mental health via the School Mental Health of Ontario (SMHO) website and resources
  • Understand culturally responsive Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and the Alighned and Integrated Model (AIM) from the SMH-ON website
  • Compare and contrast mental health supports/strategies within your school
  • Understand the role of schools in supporting student mental health
Program Resource Access

All program content and Learning Management System access will be available to candidates beginning on the module start date and will remain active two weeks after the end of the program. Following this period, candidates will no longer have access to assignments, conversations, resources or other content related to the program. Please be sure to save any information that you would like to retain during the timeframe that you have access to the LMS as extensions to program access will only be granted under special circumstances, as approved by the Registrar or Director of Professional Learning.

Course fee

$100 + HST per module 



Modules are available online for one week per the schedule below. The expectation is that five hours' worth of work is completed within that week. Program deadlines are firm.

* All times are communicated in EDT or EST. 

Registration Deadline
October 16 - 24, 2023  Module 2 – Having a Professional/Challenging Conversation October 9, 2023 
October 30 - November 7, 2023  Module 3 – Exploring your Equity Stance October 23, 2023
November 13-22, 2023  Module 4 – What is Instructional Leadership? November 6, 2023 
November 27 - December 5, 2023  Module 5 - Leading Safe Schools  November 20, 2023
January 15-23, 2024 Module 6 - Data Informed Decision Making  January 9, 2024 
February 12-21, 2024 Module 7 - What are the Legal Duties of a Principal?  February 5, 2024  
February 26 - March 5, 2024  Module 8 - Growing Your Personal Leadership Resources (PLR’s) February 19, 2024 
March 25 - April 4, 2024  Module 9 - Life-Balance for Aspiring Leaders  March 19, 2024 
April 15 - 24, 2024  Module 10 - Fostering a Culture of Reconciliation in our Schools April 8, 2024
May 6 - May 15, 2024  Module 11 - Leaders Supporting French as a Second Language Programs  in Ontario April 29, 2024
May 27 - June 5, 2024  Module 12 - Supporting Student Mental Health May 20, 2024

June 3 - 13, 2024
Module 1 - Developing an Understanding of the School Principal Role
May 27, 2024
July 8-18, 2024 Module 2 – Having a Professional/Challenging Conversation July 1, 2024
August 12-22, 2024 Module 3 – Exploring your Equity Stance August 5, 2024
September 9-19, 2024 Module 4 – What is Instructional Leadership? September 2, 2024
September 23-October 3, 2024 Module 5 - Leading Safe Schools September 16, 2024
October 7-17, 2024 Module 6 - Data-Informed Decision Making September 30, 2024
October 21-31, 2024 Module 7 - What are the Legal Duties of a Principal? October 14, 2024
November 4-14, 2024 Module 8 - Growing Your Personal Leadership Resources (PLR’s) October 28, 2024 
November 18-28, 2024 Module 9 - Life-Balance for Aspiring Leaders November 11, 2024
December 2-12, 2024 Module 10 - Fostering a Culture of Reconciliation in our Schools November 25, 2024
January 13-23, 2025 Module 11 - Leaders Supporting French as a Second Language Programs  in Ontario January 6, 2025
February 10-20, 2025 Module 12 - Supporting Student Mental Health February 3, 2025



Board Partnerships

It is a priority for us to develop, provide and support a variety of relevant, accessible and locally customized professional learning opportunities, based on diverse Member needs, feedback and job demands. For those looking to offer this program in your board, we can customize most of our programs and learning sessions to the unique characteristics of each district upon request.  

Terms and Conditions

Academic Integrity and Engagement

All candidates participating in our Additional Qualification Programs must review and comply with our academic integrity and engagement guidelines.

Refund Policy 

A full refund will be issued if cancelled one week before the course start date. An administrative fee of 50% of the course cost will be charged for late cancellations. There will be no refund for cancellations after the course start date.

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.