The SEAQP offers you an opportunity to enhance your leadership skills and knowledge to support your work in leading Special Education. You will reflect on ways to improve your professional practice, as you transform the culture of your school to become more inclusive and ensure the success of all students, including those with special needs. 

The SEAQP includes a culminating reflective journal that focuses your learning on a challenge you have regarding special education in your school. Assignments are often job-embedded and can be adjusted to meet individual learning needs. The course creates a community where learners discuss topics and share learning with one another.

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

Our Special Education for Administrators' program is based on the Ontario College of Teachers' guidelines. The course includes learning outcomes in the following areas

  • foundations and legislation
  • instructional leadership and leading change in special education
  • building an inclusive and equitable school culture
  • building relationships and developing people to support students with special needs
  • responding to conflict and challenges
  • assessing and evaluating with special education in mind and
  • developing the organization.

A minimum of 125 hours is included in the course. For those looking to offer this program in your board, we are able to tailor the program to the unique characteristics of each district.

Module Information

This course consists of five modules.

Module 1 - Setting Directions

  • Core beliefs: What do we really believe about students who learn differently?
  • Asset versus deficit thinking
  • Creating an inclusive environment
  • What is the “why” that drives our special education decisions
  • Creating a shared vision of success for all students

Module 2 - Securing Accountability

  • Special Education law
  • Leading the Identification Placement Review Committee (I.P.R.C.) process
  • Policy Procedure Memorandum (PPM) 140
  • Improving IEPs
  • Case law studies
  • Navigating situations of student aggression related to special education needs
  • Exclusions related to special education needs

Module 3 - Improving the Instructional Program

  • Understanding the Ministry's categories of exceptionalities
  • Leadership that supports improved use of research-based instructional approaches
  • Creating a professional learning plan for staff
  • Culturally proficient leadership and special education
  • Leading mentally healthy schools

Module 4 - Developing the Organization

  • Leading change related to special education
  • Maximizing leadership skills to support diverse learners
  • Using PLCs to support students with special education needs

Module 5 - Building Relationships

  • Preventing and resolving conflicts related to special education
  • Improving communication and trust with parents and guardians of children with needs
  • Building community partnerships to support students


Course Fee

$850.00 (covers all five modules, includes $50 non-refundable registration fee).

Subsidy Now Available

To build leadership capacity for school leaders in meeting the needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), subsidies are now available for this program. We will be providing full reimbursement to eligible OPC members for successfully completing the SEAQP. For more information and to apply for this subsidy, visit our AQ subsidies webpage. Please note you will have to login to access this page.

Admission Requirements

There are no admission requirements for the SEAQP. However, the content is intended for school administrators and is delivered from a leadership standpoint. It is recommended that you have foundational knowledge in this topic area before registering for this program.

Upcoming Sessions


This course is completed fully online.


Program Dates

Module 1

January 5 - February 2, 2020


Module 2

February 2 - March 1, 2020


Module 3

March 1 - April 5, 2020


Module 4

April 5 - May 10, 2020


Module 5

May 10 - June 28, 2020


Registration Deadline

December 21, 2019




Refund Policy
Refund Policy

A full refund is available if you cancel 2 weeks before the start date, less the $50 non-refundable registration fee.

A $250.00 refund is available if you cancel 1 week before the start date.

There is no refund for cancellations after the start date.

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 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. 

The OPC issues T22O2 receipts for eligible courses, but it is ultimately the responsibility of the candidate (taxpayer) to ensure that their taxes are filed in accordance with CRA guidelines and if you have any questions related to taxes, we recommend you contact an accountant or the CRA.