Principal's Qualification Program Part 1

The OISE/UT Principals Qualification Program provides learners with practical knowledge and information to lead in Ontario schools, and embodies the thinking of such world-renowned educators as Michael Fullan, Ken Leithwood and Lorna Earl.

Outstanding practicing Principals, who demonstrate the practical application of leading edge educational research to leadership in today's Ontario schools, teach the program. The format for this engaging and challenging program includes an online portion, plenary sessions with eminent educators and researchers, problem-based learning, simulations, case studies, mentoring with practicing principals, and an examination of the interpersonal and intrapersonal dimensions of school leadership. The program is based on the core topics set by the College of Teachers, with Part One focusing on Leadership and School Operations, while the focus shifts in Part Two to Leadership and Change. Each part is comprised of six (6) modules and the first module of both Part One and Two is online, while the remaining five (5) are in class. Part of successfully completing Principals Qualification Program Part 1 requires learners to develop and receive approval for a 60 hours practicum project which must be completed before the end of the Principals Qualification Program Part 2.

What You'll Learn

PQP Part 1 Course Content and Session Outline

Module A

Leadership Domain: Setting Directions

The principal builds a shared vision, identifies specific, shared short-term goals, creates high expectations and communicates the vision and goals to all stakeholders. 

Program expectations: Learners will be able to initiate, facilitate and manage change, and operate successfully in a dynamic environment that is characterized by increasing complexity

Module B

Leadership Domain: Building Relationships and Developing People

The principal provides support and demonstrates consideration for individual staff members, stimulates growth in the professional capacities of staff, models the school’s values and practices, builds trusting relationships with and among staff, students and parents and establishes productive working relationships with teacher federations representatives. 

Program expectations: build and sustain learning communities that support diversity and promote excellence, accountability, anti-racism, equity, partnerships and innovation; liaise with educational stakeholders concerning all aspects of provincial and district school board issues and initiatives.

Module C

Leadership Domain: Improving the Instructional Program

The principal staffs the instructional program, provides support, monitors progress in student learning and school improvement and buffers staff from distractions to their work.

Program expectations: align, develop and monitor programs, structures, processes, resources and staff to support student achievement.

Module D

Leadership Domain: Securing Accountability

The principal builds staff members’ sense of internal accountability and meets the demands for external accountability.

Program expectations: demonstrate accountability for the achievement of all students and promote student success and life long learning in partnership with staff, parents and the community

Module E

Leadership Domain: Developing the Organization to Support Desired Practices

The principal builds collaborative cultures and distributes leadership, structures the organization to facilitate collaboration, builds productive relationships with families and communities, connects the school to its wider environment, maintains a safe and healthy environment and allocates resources in support of the school’s vision and goals.

Program expectations: understand and apply education and student-related legislation in Ontario and district school board policies that have an impact on the school, students, staff and community; manage and direct the human, material, capital and technological resources for efficient and effective schools


A Practicum Proposal must be submitted and approved within 1 month from the end of the course in order for PQP Part 1 to be recommended to the OCT.

Please note: Effective January 2011, OISE MEd students in the Educational Leadership & Policy program who have successfully completed their PQP programs from OISE may use these as electives LHA1060 and/or LHA1061. Students wishing to pursue this optional route to fulfill one of the program requirements will be required to obtain the approval of Dr. Anna Katyn Chmielewski, Program Coordinator for Educational Leadership & Policy. Admission into the Principal Qualification Program is separate from the graduate program and is contingent upon the approval of to the Director, Continuing Education unit. For more information about the Educational Leadership & Policy program, formerly Educational Administration program, please refer to the OISE Bulletin.


1. Certificate of Qualification: Must be a registered member of the Ontario College of Teachers.

2. Qualifications in Intermediate division or Technological Education for Grades 9 and 10 and any two of:

  • Primary division
  • Junior division, and
  • either Senior division or Technological Education for Grades 11 and 12

3. One of:

  • 30 graduate post-secondary credits (master or doctorate). The graduate credits must have been in addition to those required for initial teacher education program.
  • Two (2) Three Session Specialists, or Two (2) Honour Specialist Additional Qualifications, or a combination of both. 
  • One (1) Three Session Specialist or Honour Specialist qualification and half of the requirements for a master's degree – a minimum of 15 graduate post-secondary credits (master or doctorate). The graduate credits must have been in addition to those required for initial teacher education program.

4. Certification of Teaching Experience (5 years)

















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Principal's Qualification Program

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Principal's Qualification Program Part 1

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Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri




Kim Smith, Lisa Jeremic


16 Jun 2023 to 13 Jul 2023

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Deadline to register: June 5, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EST - late registration beyond this deadline may be available for eligible applicants (if space permits).

Online - Synchronous & Asynchronous

This session will run for 4 weeks. Your learning will take the form of in-depth online discussions as well as group and individual assignments. Learners will be expected to engage in approximately 31 hours of learning per week for a total of 125 hours:

  • 52 hours online synchronous learning (video conferencing & activities) - click "View Details" next to 'Schedule & Location' to view the meeting schedule
  • 43 hours online asynchronous learning (readings, activities, discussion boards)
  • 30 hours assignments and independent study

Once registered, please visit the Learner Portal to submit your course application and any related documents by the registration deadline (we recommend doing so from a computer for the best user experience)

Requests for withdrawal received by the registration deadline will receive a refund. Requests made after this date will only be considered for extenuating circumstances and require further review and documentation. You can find our withdrawal, refund and transfer policy under Resources » OISE CPL Registration Policies

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