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Principals' Qualification Program (PQP)

York University recognizes the critical role of school leadership in Ontario and has tailored the Principals Qualification Program (PQP) to meet the specific career goals of educators and future leaders.

The PQP course is designed using the five domains outlined in the School–Level Leadership Framework (Ontario Institute for Educational Leadership, 2013). The topics explored within each of those domains are current, research-based and directly applicable to the complex role of school leader. At York, emphasis is placed on leading with an equity lens, using critical reflection, and utilizing action research. The importance of the everyday work of the educational leader is stressed as relational and collaborative, always linked to communities of learners in their social context, both inside and outside of schools.

Who Should Attend

Any OCT certified Ontario teacher who has completed a minimum of five school years of successful classroom teaching experience in a school providing elementary or secondary education and meets the eligibility criteria as stipulated by the Ontario College of Teachers.

Prerequisites and Eligibility

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

PQP Practicum

The PQP Practicum is a required component of the PQP program. This collaborative inquiry, informed by the Ontario Leadership Framework for Principals and Vice-principals, provides candidates a leadership opportunity working with students, staff, parents and the community.

The Practicum must apply to a school setting and be mentored by a practicing qualified principal or vice-principal. The duration of the Practicum will be a minimum of 60 hours. Candidates identify a specific area of inquiry informed by the PQP course content and the Ontario Leadership Framework for Principals and Vice-Principals and a problem of practice in a school setting.

Candidates must develop a proposal before being recommended for Part 1 and successfully complete the Practicum before being recommended for Part 2.  The Practicum must be completed within 2 years of completion of the Part 1 otherwise late fees will apply.

Program Dates & Fees

Offered in the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer sessions at York University and at various off-campus locations in the GTA and beyond.

Course Fee

$950.00 each - PQP Part 1 and Part 2
$1050.00 each - PQP Part 1 and Part 2 (Independent School Focus)
Note: York Grad Discount of $50 applies for qualified candidates.


For dates, locations and session offerings search from the list of available courses.