Principal's Qualification Program, Part 1 (Independent School Focus)

Course Code: PU20PIS11

This is a facilitated online course that includes some mandatory synchronous sessions with real-time group interaction set by the Instructor. Audio and video recordings will be a required element of the learning.

Offered through the Faculty of Education at York University and designed in collaboration with Ontario's Conference of Independent Schools, PQP ISF Part 1 provides a specific Independent School Focus and is designed to prepare and support leadership candidates for the complexity of the most senior administrative roles in Independent Schools. While exploring similar concepts as the regular stream PQP, such as legislation, leadership frameworks, and improvement planning, the PQP ISF will also assist with succession leadership planning for Ontario independent schools and inquire into the roles of admissions, marketing, strategic planning and other independent school focussed concepts.

For more information on the Part 1 (Independent School Focus) program elements, see the PQP Part 1 (Independent School Focus) Course Outline & Topics.


For a comprehensive list of program requirements and how to qualify, see the Eligibility Requirements.

Documents Required

  • Signed Supervisory Officer's Form or Head of School verifying teaching experience
  • An appropriately completed and signed Conditional Admission to PQP Part 1 Course form for any recently completed prerequisite Additional Qualification/Additional Basic Qualification that does not yet appear on the Public Register. Please go to the OCT web site at to obtain a form
  • For all candidates applying on the that you have completed the equivalent of one-half of a Master's degree AND hold one Specialist or Honour Specialist Additional Qualification, you must also arrange for an official transcript to be sent directly to the Professional Learning Office from the relevant post-secondary institution. Please arrange for an official transcript to be sent to the OCT at the same time
Session Dates
Start Date: Jul 06, 2020
End Date: Jul 31, 2020
Online: July 6 – 31, 2020.

Please note this course includes mandatory synchronous sessions with real-time group interaction set by the Instructor between July 6 - July 17 (no weekends). All coursework must be completed by July 31, 2020.

This 125 hour course consists of 100 hours of interactive coursework and 25 hours of independent learning. Regular and relevant candidate participation is a requirement. Expect to be online at least every second day for Fall, Winter and Spring courses; and every weekday during a Summer course to complete assignments and collaborate in discussion forums. All deadlines will be communicated by the Instructor.

Virtual Blended

Watt, Ian Richard