This is an Additional Qualification (AQ) Course. 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 degree.

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.

Our Special Education for Administrators' program is based on the Ontario College of Teachers' guidelines - Schedule C. 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 through face-to-face sessions or a blended model of face-to-face and online sessions. School boards that offer this program are able to tailor the program to the unique characteristics of each district.

Module Information

This course consists of four learning modules.

Module 1 - Theoretical Foundations and Setting Directions

  • Defining the “Growth Mindset”
  • Setting goals using the Ontario Leadership Framework and School Effectiveness Framework
  • Special education law
  • Change theory and leading change related to special education
  • Leading the Identification Placement Review Committee (I.P.R.C.) process
  • Understanding the Ministry's categories of exceptionalities
  • Navigating special education ethical dilemmas and
  • Building a school culture of equity


Module 2 - Improving the Instructional Program 

  • Theory of the Learner – from research to practice
  • Leadership that supports improved use of research-based instructional approaches
  • Individual education plans
  • Use of data to support the teaching and learning process
  • Managing aggressive behaviour related to special education needs

Module 3 - Building Relationships to Create an Inclusive and Accepting School Culture

  • Building trust with students, staff and community
  • Professional Learning Communities through a special education lens
  • Assessment and evaluation with special education in mind
  • Shared solutions for preventing and resolving conflicts

Module 4 - Developing the Organization to Support All Learners

  • Community engagement - parents as partners in supporting students with special education needs
  • The importance of communication with all stakeholders
  • Creating safe and caring schools through informed mitigation
  • Equity and inclusive education and cultural competencies
  • Leading mentally healthy schools


Course Fee

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

Upcoming Sessions

 Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB

Module 1 (face-to-face) - January 17 (4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.), January 18 (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

Module 2 (face-to-face) - February 21 (4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.), February 22 (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

Module 3 (online) - starts March 21, 2019

Module 4 (online) - starts April 25, 2019



KPRDSB Board Office

1994 Fisher Drive

Peterborough, ON


Registration Deadline

January 2, 2019

Application Form

The SEAQP application form can be filled out online and saved to be emailed, printed, faxed or mailed. Completed application forms can be submitted to

Note: The registration package is a PDF document that requires Adobe Reader to view.

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.