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Overview

Our Principal's Qualification Program (PQP) is organized into 12 modules, six in Part 1 and six in Part 2. The modules incorporate the five domains of the Ontario Leadership Framework and Personal Leadership Resources. This Additional Qualification (AQ) program is developed based on the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) PQP guidelines. The expectations are met through online learning and face-to-face interaction between the candidates, facilitators and guest presenters.

PQP Modules 

PQP Part 1 Modules

Module 1: The Role of the Principal

Module 2: Equitable and Inclusive Schools

Module 3: Management and Leadership

Module 4: Pedagogical Leadership

Module 5: Inclusive Education

Module 6: Co-creating Safe Schools

In accordance with the requirements set by the OCT, part one will consist of 125 hours.

PQP Part 2 Modules

Module 7: The Changing Role of the School Leader

Module 8: Co-creating and Inclusive School

Module 9: Building Professional Capital

Module 10: Evidence-based Decision Making

Module 11: Building Relationships with Parents and the Community

Module 12: Supporting Wellness and Well-Being

In accordance with the requirements set by the OCT, part two will consist of 125 hours.

PQP Face-to-Face Program Hours for Part 1 or 2 

72 hours face-to-Face instruction 

28 hours eLearning

25 hours program work, assignments, research and journal writing   

PQP Online Program Hours for Part 1 or 2

82 hours Asynchronous learning

18 hours Synchronous learning 

25 hours Assignments, research and journal writing

Practicum

The Leadership Inquiry Practicum (LIP) is a required component of the PQP.  Candidates must develop a LIP proposal in part one and successfully complete the LIP experience before being considered complete part 2.

 Practicum Information
The Leadership Inquiry Practicum (LIP) is a required component of the PQP. It is a collaborative inquiry guided by the Ontario Leadership Framework for Principals and Vice-principals. It is intended to provide an opportunity for candidates to facilitate a team in a leadership role working with students, staff, parents and the community.

The LIP must apply to a school setting and be mentored by a practising qualified principal or vice-principal. The duration of the LIP will be a minimum of 60 hours, of which 20 hours could be observation. Candidates identify a specific LIP informed by the PQP content and the Ontario Leadership Framework for Principals and Vice-Principals and a problem of practice in a school setting.

Candidates must develop a LIP proposal in part one and successfully complete the LIP experience before being considered complete part 2.

The deadline for successful completion of the practicum is three years after the date of completion of Part 1. Any submissions after that date will be subject to a late fee of $150 and may require the submission of a new practicum proposal.

Admission Requirements

PQP Part 1 Admission Requirements

  • A member in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers
  • Teacher's certificate
  • An acceptable postsecondary degree
  • Qualifications in three divisions (one of which must be Intermediate)
  • Five years of successful classroom teaching experience in elementary or secondary education and one of:
  • Two specialists, or
  • One specialist and a half master's degree, or
  • A master's degree or their equivalent, or a doctorate, or
  • At least 30 graduate postsecondary credits or their equivalent

With the amendment to regulation 184 s44, candidates applying with a master's degree or half master's are required to submit a transcript of these programs to OPC for evaluation prior to the PQP start date to determine if the amended pre-requisites have been met. 

  • The graduate credits must have been granted by an institution authorized to grant an acceptable postsecondary degree and have been completed in addition to any credits required for initial certification. 
  • Honour specialist qualifications apply towards the specialist qualification requirement. 
  • Effective September 30, 2011, qualifications in three subjects from Schedule F is deemed to be equivalent to one specialist or honour specialist qualification for the purposes of admission into Principal's Qualification, Part 1. 
  • For detailed information on the Principal's Qualification admission requirements, please see Regulation 184/97 43-51 from the Education Statutes and Regulations of Ontario. 

If you have an outstanding qualification that is not posted on your OCT certificate, you will need to submit a Conditional Admission Form (for part 1 candidates) verifying completion of the outstanding qualification.

PQP Part 2 Admission Requirements

  • A member in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers
  • Completion of PQP Part 1

If you completed the PQP Part 1 with another provider and your PQP Part 1 qualification is not currently recorded on your OCT certificate, you will need to submit a Conditional Admission Form (for part 2 candidates) verifying completion of the PQP Part 1. 

Program Fee

$995.00 per part (includes a $50.00 non-refundable registration fee)

Candidates may be eligible for a tax receipt. 

Upcoming Sessions

Registration deadlines are firm. Sufficient enrolment is required to run board specific cohorts. * All times are communicated in EDT or EST.

Fully Online: Spring 2022 - Part 1 OR 2 

Registration OPEN

We look forward to continuing to provide you with face-to-face offerings at our regional sites throughout the province, however, due to current circumstances and uncertainty we have made some changes to our offerings.

 Part 1 Spring Cohort Options
ALL spring cohorts will be offered online. Board specific cohorts will be instructed by a facilitator from that board. Candidates may register for any cohort regardless of their board.

 

Part 1 - Algoma DSB

Part 1 - Bluewater DSB

Part 1 - Halton DSB

Part 1 - Hastings And Prince Edward DSB

Part 1 - Ottawa Carleton DSB

Part 1 - Toronto DSB

Part 1 - Upper Grand DSB

Part 1 - York Region DSB

Part 1 - General (not board specific)

 Part 2 Spring Cohort Options
ALL spring cohorts will be offered online. Board specific cohorts will be instructed by a facilitator from that board. Candidates may register for any cohort regardless of their board.

 

Part 2 - Algoma DSB

Part 2 - Halton DSB

Part 2 - Hastings And Prince Edward DSB

Part 2 - Ottawa Carleton DSB

Part 2 - Toronto DSB

Part 2 - Upper Grand DSB

Part 2 - York Region DSB

Part 2 - General (not board specific)

Dates

Pre assignments open – February 28

Module 1/7 - March 7 official start date of online PQP

Module 2/8 - March 28   

Module 3/9 - April 11 

Module 4/10 - May 1  

Module 5/11 - May 16 

Module 6/12 - May 30   

Program closes June 20

PQP Hours

PQP 1 and PQP 2 each include 125 hours of learning divided as follows:

Asynchronous learning

82 hours

Synchronous learning 

18 hours

Assignments, research and journal writing  

25 hours

 

Synchronized Dates 

The program includes synchronous sessions, and group and partner work.  There are two synchronous sessions per module and each session is 1.5 hours in length. 

Module 1/7    Synchronized Dates: Tuesday, March 8    (7-8:30 pm) and Tuesday, March 22 (7-8:30 pm )

Module 2/8    Synchronized Dates: Tuesday, March 29  (7-8:30 pm) and Tuesday, April 5 (7-8:30 pm)

Module 3/9    Synchronized Dates: Tuesday, April 12    (6:30 - 8:00 pm) and Tuesday, April 26 (6:30 - 8:00 pm)

Module 4/10  Synchronized Dates: Thursday, May 5     (7-8:30 pm) and Tuesday, May 10 (7-8:30 pm)

Module 5/11  Synchronized Dates: Tuesday May 17     (7-8:30 pm) and Tuesday, May 24 (7-8:30 pm)

Module 6/12  Synchronized Dates: Tuesday, May 31     (7-8:30 pm) and Tuesday, June 7(7-8:30 pm)

 

Registration Deadline: Monday, February 21

Fully Online: Summer 2022 - Part 1 OR 2 

Registration will begin in March

We look forward to continuing to provide you with face-to-face offerings at our regional sites throughout the province, however, due to current circumstances and uncertainty we have made some changes to our offerings.

Dates

Pre assignments open June 27

Module 1/7   - July 4, 5, 6   

Module 2/8   - July 7, 14, 18     

Module 3/9   - July 19, 20, 21   

Module 4/10 - July 25, 26, 27 

Module5/11  - July 28, Aug 3,4

Module 6/12 - August  8, 9, 10  

Program closes August 14

PQP Hours

PQP 1 and PQP 2 each include 125 hours of learning divided as follows:

Asynchronous learning

82 hours

Synchronous learning 

18 hours

Assignments, research and journal writing  

25 hours

Synchronized Dates 

The program includes synchronous sessions, and group and partner work.  There are two synchronous sessions per module and each session is 1.5 hours in length. 

Module 1/7    July 5 (1 pm-2:30 pm) and July 6 (11 am-12 pm)

Module 2/8    July 14 (1 pm-2:30 pm) and July 18 (11 am-12:30 pm)

Module 3/9    July 20 (1 pm-2:30 pm) and July 21 (11 am-12:30 pm)

Module 4/10  July 26 (1 pm-2:30 pm) and July 27 (11 am-12:30 pm)

Module5/11   August 3 (11 am-12:30 pm) and August 4 (1 pm-2:30 pm)

Module 6/12  August 9 (1 pm-2:30 pm) and August 10 (11 am-12:30 pm)

 

Registration Deadline: Monday, June 20

Fully Online: Fall 2022 - Part 1 OR 2 

Registration will begin in July

We look forward to continuing to provide you with face-to-face offerings at our regional sites throughout the province, however, due to current circumstances and uncertainty we have made some changes to our offerings.

Dates

Pre assignments open September 21 

Module 1/7 – Sept. 28 

Module 2/8 – Oct. 9 

Module 3/9 – Oct. 23

Module 4/10 – Nov. 7

Module 5/11 – Nov. 21

Module 6/12 – Dec 5

Program closes January 3

PQP Hours

PQP 1 and PQP 2 each include 125 hours of learning divided as follows:

Asynchronous learning

82 hours

Synchronous learning 

18 hours

Assignments, research and journal writing  

25 hours

 

Synchronized Dates 

The program includes synchronous sessions, and group and partner work.  There are two synchronous sessions per module and each session is 1.5 hours in length. 

Module 1/7    September 29 (7-9 pm) and October 6 (7-8 pm)

Module 2/8    October 13 (7-8:30 pm) and October 20 (7- 8:30 pm)

Module 3/9    October 27 (7-8:30 pm) and November 3 (7- 8:30 pm)

Module 4/10  November 10 (7-8:30 pm) and November 17 (7- 8:30 pm)

Module 5/11  November 24 (7-8:30 pm) and December 1 (7- 8:30 pm)

Module 6/12  December 8 (7-8:30 pm) and December 15 (7- 8:30 pm)

 

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 14

Fully Online: Spring 2023 - Part 1 OR 2 

Registration will begin in October

We look forward to continuing to provide you with face-to-face offerings at our regional sites throughout the province, however, due to current circumstances and uncertainty we have made some changes to our offerings.

Dates

Pre assignments open February 27

Module 1/7 - March 6

Module 2/8 - March 27 

Module 3/9 - April 17

Module 4/10 - May 1  

Module 5/11 - May 15

Module 6/12 - May 29

Program closes June 15

PQP Hours

PQP 1 and PQP 2 each include 125 hours of learning divided as follows:

Asynchronous learning

82 hours

Synchronous learning 

18 hours

Assignments, research and journal writing  

25 hours

 

Synchronized Dates 

The program includes synchronous sessions, and group and partner work.  There are two synchronous sessions per module and each session is 1.5 hours in length. 

Module 1/7    Thursday, March 9 (7-8:30 pm) and Thursday, March 23 (7-8:30 pm )

Module 2/8    Thursday, March 30 (7-8:30 pm) and Tuesday, April 4 (7-8:30 pm)

Module 3/9    Thursday, April 20 (7:00 - 8:30 pm) and Thursday, April 27 (7:00- 8:30 pm)

Module 4/10  Thursday, May 4 (7-8:30 pm) and Thursday, May 11 (7-8:30 pm)

Module 5/11  Thursday, May 18 (7-8:30 pm) and Thursday, May 25 (7-8:30 pm)

Module 6/12  Thursday, June 1 (7-8:30 pm) and Thursday, June 8(7-8:30 pm)

 

Registration Deadline: Monday, February 20

 

REGISTER

A $50.00 non-refundable registration fee will apply.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to investigate the internal processes of each PQP provider, as they may differ. 

If you have any questions, please email  pqp@principals.ca

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. 

Professional Learning Goals and Principles

OPC's Professional Learning Goals and Principles
 Interpretation Services Terms and Conditions
The Ontario Principal’s Council (OPC) is committed to accommodating the individual needs of our Members, in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code.  Once a candidate has registered and paid the applicable registration fees for a program, 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 program candidate in writing. A candidate seeking to cancel their participation in an OPC program 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. 

Master's Dimension

The Master's Dimension (MD) program is available if you plan on completing the PQP part 1 and PQP part 2 through the OPC and want to pursue a master's degree.

For more information visit our MD overview.

PQP Required and Recommended Reading

Required and Recommended Readings

Part 1 Texts for ONLINE Program - Required 
Leading in a Culture of Change (2nd edition), by Michael Fullan (The OPC does not carry this book)
Part 1 Texts for FACE-TO-FACE Program - Required
CLARITY: What Matters Most in Learning, Teaching, and Leading, by: Lyn Sharratt, $27.99 plus HST/GST order here
Part 2 Texts for ONLINE Program - Required 
School Climate: Leading with Collective Efficacy by Peter M. Dewitt, $32.95 plus HST/GST order here
 Part 2 Texts for FACE-TO-FACE Program - Recommended
 
 Collective Efficacy
 by: Jenni Donohoo, $28.95 plus HST/GST order here
 The Wonder Wall
 by: Peter Gamwell & Jane Daly, $26.95 plus HST/GST order here
 The Principal: Three Keys To Maximizing Impact
 by: Michael Fullan, $33.00 plus HST/GST order here
 When Mentoring Meets Coaching: Shifting the Stance in Education
 by: Kate Sharpe & Jeanie Nishimura, $39.96 plus HST/GST order here
 The Principal as Leader of Challenging Conversations
 by: OPC, $29.00 plus HST/GST order here

 

Why should I take the PQP with the OPC?

  • Follows the Ontario College of Teachers’ guideline
  • Prepares new Principals and Vice-Principals for the opportunities and challenges of the job, like no other PQP program
  • Provides one step in the leadership development continuum that Boards can partner with OPC: support for aspiring school leaders, provincial licensing, mentoring program, professional development workshops/presentations, Supervisory Officer Qualification Program
  • Hires exemplary provincially-trained practicing Principals as facilitators/mentors
  • Selects expert guest presenters
  • PQP is designed with input from practicing Principals and Vice Principals to meet the needs of candidates from all school boards
  • OPC encourages a diverse group of candidates from various backgrounds and experiences in which to facilitate the opportunity to think and learn with and from each other and develop long lasting multi-school board networking
  • Offers the PQP Masters dimension. Candidates who choose the Masters dimension will be awarded Masters level credits in recognition of the completion of PQP 1 and 2, upon enrolment in their Masters program. This articulation agreement was first in the province of Ontario
  • Engages candidates in professional learning around collaborative practice and the use of data to improve teaching and learning
  • Provides a North American formed Emotional Intelligence Inventory to give feedback to the candidates around the strengths and areas for growth as a school administrator
  • Provides a focus on the legal responsibilities of a Principal
  • Offers case study exercises to enhance the practical learning experience
  • Provides opportunity for local input on Board policy, protocol, and professional practice and
  • Ensures a quality learning experience for every candidate.

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.