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

Course Code: PU21PIS11

Registration Deadline: Jun 22, 2021
This course is still open for registration.

This facilitated online course includes some mandatory synchronous sessions with real-time group interaction set by the Instructor. Audio and video recordings may 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.

The PQP Practicum, a required component of the PQP, is a collaborative inquiry, informed by the Ontario Leadership Framework for Principals and Vice-principals, and provides candidates a leadership opportunity working with students, staff, parents and the community. Candidates must develop a Practicum Proposal before being recommended for Part 1 and successfully complete the Practicum Project before being recommended for Part 2. At York, the Practicum Project is assessed, and feedback is provided by the same instructor that mentors the candidate through the development of the Practicum Proposal. This process allows for ongoing support and provides consistency. A completed Practicum Project is not a prerequisite for the Part 2 course.

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 www.oct.ca to obtain a form
  • For all candidates who 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 05, 2021
End Date: Jul 30, 2021
Online: July 5 – 30, 2021.

Mandatory synchronous sessions: July 5 – July 16 2021 (Monday to Friday). Be available between 8:30am - 4:30 pm. Meeting times and duration of the sessions are set by the instructor. All coursework must be completed by July 30, 2021

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. In addition to the synchronous sessions, 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.

Format / Location
Virtual Blended


Course listings are accurate as of May. 11 13:53 PM.