The Catholic Principals' Leadership Development | Ontario, Leadership en Action and Principal Association Projects, the service partners for Catholic Principals' Council of Ontario (CPCO)L'Association des directions et directions adjointes des écoles franco-ontariennes (ADFO) and the Ontario Principals' Council are collaborating on the three-year Special Education for School Leaders Project, supported by the Ministry of Education.

Aspiring and positional leaders need to lead in culturally responsive ways in order to reduce barriers to student success –  this is especially true for students with special needs. The moral imperative is to lead so that schools, K-12, are characterized by anti-oppressive and anti-colonial environments, accessibility and inclusion, and participation. 

Subsidy Overview 

To build leadership capacity for school leaders in meeting the needs of all students, a limited number of subsidies for select Additional Qualification (AQ) Programs are now available to eligible candidates for successfully completing program requirements through their respective association, as part of this three-year project. 

Eligibility for all Subsides

  • The candidate will need to 

    • complete a form and receive pre-approval 

    • commit to focusing any practicum, reflection or extra assignment on special education and leadership and 

    • complete a follow-up survey regarding the experience and resulting impact, once they have successfully completed the course.

  • The AQ must be offered by one of the principal associations: ADFO, CPCO or the OPC.

  • The candidate must meet all of the identified eligibility criteria for the AQ that is identified as part of this project (below).

  • The subsidy process will not impact the OCT recommendation requirements and submission.

  • All subsidy requirements must be successfully completed by April 30, 2025. No extensions will be granted. If the requirements are not met by the deadline, the principals’ association will not fulfil the subsidy application.

  • Subsidies will be allotted on a first come, first served basis.

Principal’s Development Course (PDC) Modules – Full Tuition/Reimbursement

Eligibility and Process

A candidate must

  • be either a practising principal or vice-principal with a minimum of two years experience to receive accreditation with OCT

  • have successfully completed the Principal's Qualification Program (PQP) Part 1 and 2

  • receive pre-approval from the OPC for each module*

  • register for the one or more PDC modules with the OPC within 30 days of your pre-approval and

  • complete an additional requirement within two-months of the module end date**

    • summative reflection with a focus on special education for school leaders that will be assessed to ensure focus on equity, accessibility, inclusion, and full participation of students with special education needs and students with disabilities

    • a clear connection to the module content

    • choice of format ensuring a maximum of 500 words or five-minutes for audio or video submissions and

    • to be submitted through the form received in the pre-approval confirmation (not through Canvas).

*candidates can complete subsidy applications for more than one module

**not required for Module 11: Leading the Special Education Program

How do I apply for and receive the subsidy?

 Step 1 - Pre-Approval 

 Step 2 - Register for the PDC

 Step 3 - Complete the PDC module

Step 4 - Survey Submission

 Step 5 - Subsidy Application (upload additional assginment for assessment)

Reimbursement will automatically be provided if the assignment is approved or you will be contacted.

Contact pdc@principals.ca with any questions.

Principal’s Qualification Program (PQP) Practicum – Partial Tuition/Reimbursement of $300

Eligibility and Process

  • The pre-approved completed practicum must be aligned to special education for school leaders focusing on equity, accessibility, inclusion and full participation of students with special education needs and students with disabilities

  • This subsidy is available to PQP 1 candidates who registered for programs taking place starting in summer 2022 – Winter 2025

  • Complete an application for approval through the respective principals’ association

  • Practicum must be completed and submitted to the PQP facilitator for initial assessment in accordance with the Practicum Handbook within a modified timeline of one-year

  • Practicum will be reviewed after submission to ensure the approved focus was maintained

    • if the approved focus was not maintained, an additional assignment may be required to demonstrate the focus (see PDC assignment for more details). 

Please note: If your practicum proposal has already been approved, you cannot change it to align with the criteria for this subsidy.

How do I apply for and receive the subsidy?

Step 1 - Pre-Approval 

Step 2 - Register for the PQP

Step 3 - Complete and submit the PQP Practicum 

Step 4 - Survey Completion

Step 6 - OPC will prepare your reimbursement once final practicum approval is received

Contact pqp@principals.ca with any questions.

Special Education for Administrators Qualification Program (SEAQP) – Full Tuition/Reimbursement

Eligibility and Process

A candidate must

  • be either a practising principal or vice-principal or be registered in the Principal's Qualification Program (PQP) or have completed the PQP 1

  • register for the SEAQP with the OPC within 30 days of your pre-approval and

  • successfully complete the program. 

How do I apply for and receive the subsidy?

 Step 1 - Pre-Approval 

 Step 2 - Register for the SEAQP

 Step 3 - Complete the SEAQP

 Step 4 - Survey Submission

 Step 5 - Subsidy Application 

Contact seaqp@principals.ca with any questions.

Reimbursement Details

Subsidies will be administered for eligible candidates who have been pre-approved and are registered for a program starting after July 1, 2022. Candidates must pay in full for the registration fee. Subsidies will only be provided to those who are pre-approved and successfully complete the program and additional assignments as required prior to April 30, 2025. 

Funding for this initiative is limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 

Questions

Principal’s Development Course: pdc@principals.ca 

Principal’s Qualification Program: pqp@principals.ca 

Special Education for administrators: seaqp@principals.ca 

Professional Learning: learning@principals.ca 

 


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 Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) guidelines and if you have any questions related to taxes, we recommend you contact an accountant or the CRA.