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Overview

In partnership with Ontario Public Supervisory Officers' Association (OPSOA), we have developed a Supervisory Officer's Program (SOQP) that will prepare candidates for province-wide context and administrative leadership roles in all types of school systems. We acknowledge the importance of meeting the unique needs of candidates from individual systems.

Module Information

Each module is 50 hours in length (including 25 hours of in-class time) and will incorporate different aspects of current theory and research, such as

  • psycho-social research
  • leadership models
  • change theories
  • alternate dispute resolution
  • global trends and other related studies
  • academic, scholarly and theoretical research
  • empirical, practical and applied research
  • action research and
  • reflective practice.

Candidates will examine various information and communication technology systems and their potential for

  • implementation in school systems
  • current and emerging technologies as instructional, administrative
  • communication tools and
  • the impact of technology on teaching, learning, and leadership.
 Module 1 - The Personal Perspective

Candidates will further develop and apply their personal leadership resources within the context of system leadership. The focus is on understanding the interaction of the personal and professional ethical self and the need for ongoing reflection and learning. The focus includes building candidate capacity to establish and sustain a broadly shared mission, vision and goals.

This module is offered in our fall and summer sessions.

 Module 2 - Leadership / Management Perspective

Candidates will integrate theory and practice as it relates to creating system coherence, leading the instructional program, building staff capacity for evidence-informed decision-making, providing job-embedded professional learning and nurturing productive working relationships with staff and stakeholders. The focus is on understanding leadership and management from a system perspective.

This module is offered in our winter and summer sessions.

 Module 3 - The Provincial Perspective

Candidates will expand their knowledge of legislation, policies and structures that provide the framework for ethical and legal decision-making in education in Ontario. The focus is on applying this knowledge to complex issues that arise given the complexity and diversity of Ontario society.

This module is offered in our fall and summer sessions.

 Module 4 - The System Perspective

Candidates will acquire and consolidate knowledge of policy governance, systems thinking and provincial and district vision as the foundation for building relationships and developing human resource capacity for realizing system goals. The focus is on understanding the supervisory officer’s role in the design and implementation of the strategic plan and organizational culture.

This module is offered in our winter and summer sessions.

 Module 5 - The Leadership Practicum
The practicum is a culminating exercise designed to demonstrate the candidate's leadership attributes and ability to integrate and apply their learning from the four modules at a district school board level. It involves a significant practical project, within a district school board or other educational setting of a similar nature, that incorporates knowledge, management and leadership of program, personnel, finance and facilities.

The duration of the practicum will be a minimum of 50 hours (there is no in-class time for the practicum).

Supervisory officer candidates, in consultation with their SOQP mentor/instructor and a district practicum mentor, identify a specific leadership project related to the role of supervisory officer to which they apply appropriate legislation, school board policies and related research or theoretical concepts to a system setting.

The practicum proposal may be approved only after a candidate has successfully completed two modules.

Leadership Practicum Handbook

Leadership Practicum Guide

Modules do not need to be completed in order.

Admission Requirements

Candidates will be accepted based on the submission of full documentation as required by Ontario Regulation 176.10 and Regulation 309 (as amended by O. Reg. 182/97).

*Subject to approval from the Ontario College of Teachers

Academic Candidates

  • Supervisory Officer's signature verifying at least five (5) years classroom teaching experience
  • Certification of Qualification or Interim Certificate
  • Intermediate division qualifications in a general education subject from Schedule A or a qualification in Grades 9 and 10 in a technological education subject from Schedule B and qualifications in any two of
    • the Primary division
    • the Junior division
    • either the Senior division in a general education subject from Schedule A or Grades 11 and 12 in a technological education subject from Schedule B, or qualifications that the Registrar considers to be equivalent
  • An acceptable post-secondary degree (undergraduate) or qualifications that the Registrar considers equivalent
  • An acceptable master's degree with 30 graduate post-secondary credits or their equivalent, or a doctorate of which the credits or their equivalent were completed in addition to any credits required for initial certification (a copy of your master's transcript will be required when applying).
  • One of the following
    • Elementary School Principal's Certificate, a Secondary School Principal's Certificate - Type A, a Secondary School Principal's Certificate - Type B, or a Secondary School Principal's Certificate, or qualifications to be a principal from a jurisdiction outside Ontario, verified by the appropriate supervisory official
    • Certificate of Qualification indicating qualifications in Part 1 & 2 - PQP
    • Experience in the position of principal outside Ontario that the Registrar considers to be equivalent to a position in Ontario for which principal's qualifications are required under the Education Act
    • Specialist or honour specialist qualifications in one or more subjects and, in addition to five years of classroom teaching experience, at least two school years of successful experience as a teacher appointed by a school board to supervise or co-ordinate a subject or program or to act as a consultant for teachers of a subject or program, as verified by the appropriate supervisory officer or supervisory official
    • Specialist or honour specialist qualifications from a jurisdiction outside Ontario, as verified by the appropriate supervisory official, the Registrar considers to be equivalent to specialist or honour specialist qualifications in one or more subjects and, in addition to five years of classroom teaching experience, at least two years of successful experience in a position the Registrar considers to be equivalent to a position as a teacher appointed by a school board to supervise or co-ordinate a subject or program or to act as a consultant for teachers of a subject or program, as verified by the appropriate supervisory officer or supervisory official
    • In addition to five years of classroom teaching experience, at least two years of experience as an education officer employed at the Ministry of Education, as verified by a district manager or branch director of the Ministry, or an employee outside Ontario in a position that the Registrar considers to be equivalent to the position of supervisory officer of a school board, as verified by the appropriate supervisory official or a program consultant seconded to the Ontario Ministry of Education for French-language, English-language or Native-language programs, as verified by a district manager or branch director of the Ministry of Education.

Business Candidates

  • At least seven years of experience in business administration, including at least three years in a managerial role relevant to the role of business supervisory officer (require a detailed original letter from a board directors/head of companies, indicating job title, specific dates in role, detailed responsibilities, evidence of managerial experience)
  • An acceptable post-secondary degree (web print-outs are not accepted)
  • A master's degree (web print-outs are not accepted)

OR 

  • qualified to practice as an
    • architect
    • certified general accountant
    • certified management accountant
    • chartered accountant
    • lawyer
    • professional engineer
    • professional planner
    • certified human resource professional
    • or is qualified to practice in another professional capacity that, in the opinion of the Minister, provides experience appropriate for the position of business supervisory officer
  • Successfully completed a program in school board management
    • the person holds a master's degree that is an acceptable post-secondary degree and has successfully completed a graduate course, either as part of or in addition to the courses necessary to obtain the degree, in each of school board finance and school board administration

OR

    • the person has other post-secondary education and experience that the Minister considers relevant to the role of a business supervisory officer and equivalent to the program in school board management. (Require Ministry Attestation form completed by Director or Superintendent and approval from Minister)

Course Fee

$1350.00 per module (includes a $50.00 non-refundable registration fee)

$650.00 for the Leadership Practicum

Upcoming Sessions

All modules will be held at the Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel.

 Fall 2019

Module 1 or 3

October 18 - 20

8:00 am - 5:00 pm each day

 

Registration Closed

 Winter 2020

Module 2 or 4

January 17 - 19

8:00 am - 5:00 pm each day

 

Application Deadline: December 13, 2019

 

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Application Packages

Academic Candidates

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 Business Candidates

Attestation form – School Board Management Equivalency Program (Business candidates only)

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Leadership Practicum

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Prior to registering for your practicum:

  • You must have sucessfully completed two modules.
  • You must have forms 1 and 2 completed and signed.

Please register for the practicum as a returning candidate.

Terms and Conditions

 Refund Policy

A full refund is available if you cancel 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.

 Interpretation Services
The OPC is committed to accommodating the individual needs of our Members, in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) 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. 

Ontario College of Teachers Act
All qualifications and degrees submitted by an applicant to the Supervisory Officer's Qualification Program must be valid under the Ontario College of Teachers' Act and O. Reg.184/97 as amended by O. Reg. 374/08, made under the Ontario College of Teachers' Act. The Ontario Principals' Council will use its best efforts to and evaluate all of the applicant's qualifications to ensure that they meet the requirements established by the Ontario College of Teachers and the Ministry of Education for admission to the Supervisory Officer's Qualification Program. However, the Ontario Principals' Council shall not be responsible or liable for any loss, claims, harm or damages whatsoever, including (without limiting the generality of the foregoing) any direct, indirect, incidental, special, punitive or consequential damages, arising from or incurred or liability in circumstances where the Ontario College of Teachers exercises its discretion under O. Reg.184/97 to refuse to recognize the degree(s) and/or qualifications earned by the applicant as sufficient for enrolment in the Supervisory Officer's Qualification Program, even where the applicant has paid for and completed all or a portion of the program.