Mentoring Qualification Program


Our Mentoring Qualification Program (MQP) will teach you the strategies, tools and processes that form the foundations of effective mentoring and coaching. Using a practical, applied approach to learning, this program provides transformational skills to support administrators, teachers, managers, supervisors, business and support staff  in an inclusive and collaborative learning environment.

Our MQP was developed by experienced elementary and secondary principals  from across the province to enhance leadership capacity throughout the system by combining the skills, strategies and processes of both mentoring and coaching. This Additional Qualification (AQ) program is aligned with the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) guideline for Mentoring, the Ontario Leadership Framework (2013) and the Ministry of Education resource, Mentoring for All.

Key learning components include

  • theoretical foundations of mentoring and coaching
  • program planning, development and implementation
  • instructional strategies and support, with an emphasis on equity, experiential learning and skill development
  • building relationships and developing people
  • having courageous conversations and
  • legislation, policy and practical resources.

A minimum of 125 hours of instructional contact time is included in the program through the practical application of learning and skills with a chosen mentee, a personalized project, digital tools, a choice of reading materials and personalized learning opportunities engaging candidates with trained facilitators and one another. 

Module Information

Module 1 - Introducing and Understanding Mentoring/Coaching

  • Principles of adult learning
  • Research on mentoring and coaching (including a personalized reading choice)
  • The importance of equity in mentoring/coaching
  • Principles of anti-oppressive leadership
  • Supporting MentorCoaching through the Co-Active model and skills (based on the seminal text Co-Active Coaching  currently in its 4th edition)
  • Attributes, processes, tools and skills of MentorCoaching, including:
    • The MentorCoaching relationship (including trust, honesty, confidentiality, safety, non-judgement, and bias awareness)
    • Deep listening (also articulating, clarifying, meta-view, metaphor, and acknowledging)
    • Curiosity and asking powerful questions

Module 2 - Continued Skill Development

  • Models of mentoring and coaching
  • Mindsets (including the impact of unconscious bias, strategies to support a positive/growth MentorCoaching mindset, fostering culturally responsive mentoring practices, supporting equity and inclusion)
  • Leveraging our signature strengths
  • Values in MentorCoaching
  • Feedback vs. feedforward
  • The guiding principles, critical skills and processes of MentorCoaching continued:
    • Listening, curiosity and powerful questions, intuition, forwarding the action and deepening the learning (also focusing on the mentee’s agenda, goal setting and accountability), self-management (also recovery, asking permission, bottom-lining, championing, clearing, reframing, making distinctions)

Module 3 - Leading with MentorCoaching and Courageous Conversations

  • The role of MentorCoaching in 21st century learning and leadership
  • Responding to leadership challenges (including applying MentorCoaching to school improvement and student achievement)
  • Moving toward equitable leadership (including the creation of an anti-oppressive culture and responding to micro-aggressions)
  • Differentiating supports for novice and experienced leaders
  • Risk taking and the importance of learning from failure
  • Mentoring new teachers (including collaborative inquiry in building teacher efficacy)
  • Case study analysis, Ministry of Education and other mentoring resources
  • Courageous conversations (based on the text Having Hard Conversations and/or Hard Conversations Unpacked and/or Swimming in the Deep End)

Module 4 - Applications and Creating a Culture of MentorCoaching

  • Creating a culture of MentorCoaching
  • Issues of race and equity (including using MentorCoaching to build a safe, equitable and inclusive culture)
  • Using MentorCoaching to support sustainability, health and well-being
  • Multi-generational mentoring opportunities
  • MentorCoaching across districts and in other careers

Course Fee

$900.00 (covers all four modules, includes $50 non-refundable registration fee).

Upcoming Sessions

Modules 1 - 3 will be facilitated online in a synchronous model using Zoom unless otherwise stated.

Module 4 will be completed online through Canvas, our Learning Management System (LMS). Deadlines are firm.

Winter 2024 - Online
  • Module 1 (synchronous) 
    • Janauary 27 - 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • January 28 - 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Module 2 (synchronous) 
    • February 10 - 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • February 11 - 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Module 3 (synchronous)
    • March 02 - 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • March 03 - 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Module 4 (asynchronous)
    • To be complete by April 15

Registration Deadline: January 20


Summer 2024 - Online

  • Module 1 (synchronous) 
    • July 10 - 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • July 11 - 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Module 2 (synchronous) 
    • July 18 - 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • July 19 - 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Module 3 (synchronous)
    • July 24 - 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • July 25 - 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Module 4 (asynchronous)
    • To be complete by August 31

Registration Deadline: June 26


Current Board Partnerships

York Region District School Board

Email us to offer the MQP within your Board.

Terms and Conditions

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