Principal's Qualification Program

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 Blended Program Hours for Part 1 or 2 

PQP 1 and PQP 2 each include 125 hours of learning divided as follows:   
Face to Face learning  50 Hours 
Synchronous learning 15 Hours 
Assignments, research and journal writing 60  hours 

PQP Online Program Hours for Part 1 or 2

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 

 

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.

If a candidate takes Part 2 with a provider other than OPC, it is the candidate's responsibility to request that OPC forward their practicum confirmation form to their Part 2 provider. 

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.

Spring 2023 - Part 1 OR 2 

Registration OPEN

Two delivery options are available for the PQP, blended or online. Please see detailed information within the accordions below. 

Blended delivery
Candidates taking the blended delivery option will be required to attend the in-person and synchronous sessions, the rest of the program can be completed at your own pace, online.

Candidates may choose to register for any location option, regardless of their board. Board specific locations will have a facilitator from that board. 

 *Locations are subject to change

 

District School Board

Location for in-person sessions

Halton - Part 1 and 2 

New Street Education Centre, 3250 New Street, Burlington, L7N 1M8 

Hamilton-Wentworth - Part 1 and 2    TBD
DSB Niagara - Part 1 and 2           DSBN Education Centre, 191 Carlton Street, St. Catharines, L2R 7P4
Ottawa Carleton - Part 1 and 2  TBD
Peel - Part 1 and 2 

HJA Brown Education Centre. 5650 Hurontario Street, Mississauga, L5R 1C6

Rainbow - Part 1 and 2 

Lively District Secondary School, 265 Fifth Avenue, Lively, P3Y 1M4

Upper Grand - Part 1 and 2  

Ken Danby P.S., 525 Grange Rd, Guelph, ON N1E 7C4 

York Region - Part 1 and 2  YRDSB C.L.L., 300 Harry Walker Pkwy S., Newmarket, L3Y 8E2

Dates

Access to the pre assignment will open on February 27

Modules 

Date Module opens 

In-person session

Synchronous Session

Module 1/7 March 4           March 4 (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) March 23 (6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
Module 2/8 March 25 March 25 (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) April 4 (6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
Module 3/9 April 15 April 15 (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) April 27 (6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
Module 4/10 April 29 April 29 (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) May 11 (6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
Module 5/11 May 13 May 13 (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) May 25 (6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
Module 6/12 May 27 May 27 (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) June 8 (6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
Program closes  June 12    

The program includes in-person sessions, synchronous sessions, asynchronous work and group and partner work. The in-person and synchronous sessions are mandatory.

Registration Deadline: Saturday, February 18

Online delivery
Candidates may register for any option, regardless of their board. Board specific options will have a facilitator from the board. The general online session will have a mixture of candidates from throughout the province. 

*Locations are subject to change

  • Part 1 and 2 - Algoma DSB
  • Part 1 and 2 - Toronto DSB
  • Part 1 and 2 - General Cohort

Dates

Access to the pre assignment will open on February 27

Modules 

Date Module opens 

Synchronous session 

Synchronous Session 

Module 1/7 March 6         March 9   (7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) March 23 (7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)
Module 2/8 March 27 March 30 (7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) April 4     (7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)
Module 3/9 April 17 April 20   (7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) April 27   (7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)
Module 4/10 May 1 May 4      (7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) May 11    (7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)
Module 5/11 May 15 May 18    (7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) May 25    (7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)
Module 6/12 May 29 June 1     (7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) June 8     (7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)
Program closes  June 12    

The program includes synchronous sessions, asynchronous work and group and partner work. There are two mandatory synchronous sessions per module.

Registration Deadline: Saturday, February 18

Summer 2023 - Part 1 OR 2 

Registration will begin in March

Blended delivery
Candidates taking the blended delivery option will be required to attend the in-person and synchronous sessions, the rest of the program can be completed at your own pace, online.

Candidates may choose to register for any location option, regardless of their board. Board specific locations will have a facilitator from that board. Board offerings will be confirmed in the spring and added to the website.

*Locations are subject to change

Dates

Access to the pre assignment will open on June 27

Modules 

Date Module opens 

In-person session

Synchronous Session

Module 1/7

July 4, 5 and 6  

July 4   (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

July 6   (9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)

Module 2/8

July 7, 10 and 11

July 7   (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

July 11  (9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)

Module 3/9

July 12, 13 and 14

July 12 (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

July 14  (9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)

Module 4/10

July 17, 18 and 19

July 17 (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

July 19  (9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)

Module 5/11

July 20, 21 and 24

July 20 (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

July 24  (9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)

Module 6/12

July 25, 26 and 31 July 25 (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) July 31  (9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)

Program closes

August 7    

The program includes in-person sessions, synchronous sessions, asynchronous work and group and partner work. The in-person and synchronous sessions are mandatory.

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, June 13

Online delivery
Candidates may register for any option, regardless of their board. Board specific options will have a facilitator from the board. The general online session will have a mixture of candidates from throughout the province. 

Board offerings will be confirmed in the spring and added to the website.

  • General Online
 Part 1 and 2

*Locations are subject to change

Dates

Access to the pre assignment will open on June 27

Modules

Date Module opens

Synchronous Session

Synchronous Session

Module 1/7

July 4, 5 and 6

July 5 (10:00 – 11:30 am)

July 6 (10:00 – 11:30 am)

Module 2/8

July 7, 10 and 11

July 10 (10:00 – 11:30 am)

July 11 (10:00 – 11:30 am)

Module 3/9

July 12, 13 and 14

July 13 (10:00 – 11:30 am)

July 14 (10:00 – 11:30 am)

Module 4/10

July 17, 18 and 19

July 18 (10:00 – 11:30 am)

July 19 (10:00 – 11:30 am)

Module 5/11

July 20, 21, and 24

July 21 (10:00 – 11:30 am)

July 24 (10:00 – 11:30 am)

Module 6/12

July 25, 26 and 31

July 26 (10:00 – 11:30 am)

July 31 (10:00 – 11:30 am)

Program closes

August 7

   

The program includes synchronous sessions, asynchronous work and group and partner work. There are two mandatory synchronous sessions per module.

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, June 13

Fall 2023 - Part 1 OR 2

Registration will begin in late July

Two delivery options are available for the PQP, blended or online. Please see detailed information within the accordions below. 

Blended
Candidates taking the blended delivery option will be required to attend the in-person and synchronous sessions, the rest of the program can be completed online at your own pace.

Candidates may choose to register for any location option, regardless of their board. Board specific locations will have a facilitator from that board. Board offerings will be confirmed in the summer and added to the website.

 *Locations are subject to change

Dates

Access to the pre assignment will open on September 16

Modules

 

Date Modules Open

In-Person Session

(8:00 am - 4:30 pm)

Synchronous Session

(6:30 – 9:00 pm)

Module 1/7

September 23

September 23

October 5

Module 2/8

October 7

October 7

October 19

Module 3/9

October 21

October 21

November 2

Module 4/10

November 4

November 4

November 16

Module 5/11

November 18

November 18

November 30

Module 6/12

December 2

December 19

December 19

Program closes

December 29

   

The program includes in-person sessions, synchronous sessions, asynchronous work and group and partner work. The in-person and synchronous sessions are mandatory.

Registration Deadline: Saturday, September 2

Online
Candidates may register for any option, regardless of their board. Board specific options will have a facilitator from the board. The general online session will have a mixture of candidates from throughout the province. 

Board offerings will be confirmed in the summer and added to the website.

  • General Online - Part 1 and 2

*Locations are subject to change

Dates

Access to the pre assignment will open on September 16

Module

 

Date Module Opens

Synchronous Session

(7:00 – 8:30 pm)

Synchronous Session

(7:00 – 8:30 pm)

Module 1/7

September 26

September 28

October 5

Module 2/8

October 9

October 12

October 19

Module 3/9

October 23

October 26

November 2

Module 4/10

November 6

November 9

November 16

Module 5/11

November 20

November 23

November 30

Module 6/12

December 4

December 5

December 19

Program closes

December 29

   

The program includes synchronous sessions, asynchronous work and group and partner work. There are two mandatory synchronous sessions per module.

Registration Deadline: Saturday, September 2

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 are no refunds 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 Principals' 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 Reading

Required Text Books

Part 1 Text - Required 
Leading in a Culture of Change (2nd edition), by Michael Fullan (The OPC does not carry this book)
Part 2 Text  - Required 
School Climate: Leading with Collective Efficacy by Peter M. Dewitt, $32.95 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 school boards can partner with OPC: support for aspiring school leaders, provincial licensing, mentoring program, professional development workshops/presentations and Supervisory Officer's Qualification Program
  • contracts exemplary provincially-trained practising principals as facilitators/mentors
  • selects expert guest presenters
  • designed with input from practising 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 Master's Dimension (candidates who choose the Master's Dimension will be awarded Master's level credits in recognition of the completion of PQP 1 and 2, upon enrolment in their Masters program)
  • 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 school 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.