Principals' Qualification Program
"I have never been fond of distinguishing between leadership and management; they overlap and you need both qualities. But here is one difference that it makes sense to highlight: leadership is needed for problems that do not have easy answers. The big problems of the day are complex, rife with paradoxes and dilemmas. For these problems there are no once-and-for-all answers." - Michael Fullan, Leading in a Culture of Change
The role of the Principal in modern, dynamic, diverse schools is critical to the academic success of Ontario's youth. At OISE, the Principals' Qualification Program (PQP) has been designed to assist Ontario's future school administrators to successfully lead effective schools for our children and the youth of the 21st century.
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PQP courses are partially online, consisting of both online and in-class sections. Both sections must be completed in order to pass the course.
Courses begin online, and require approximately 20 online hours. They are followed by 10 days in-class, which may be over 5 weekends (school year offerings) or over two weeks (July offering). Summer PQP is held in downtown Toronto, while our Fall and Winter programs take place at the main OISE building in the downtown campus at the University of Toronto.
Our downtown locations provide candidates with an opportunity to learn with a diverse and varied group of educational leaders who brin with them unique educational experiences.
For PQP session dates and deadlines please visit the Course Offerings page and search for PQP.
The PQP, both parts 1 & 2, is a challenging, exciting and rewarding program that meets the highest standards of both the University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Teachers.
OISEs reputation as a world leader in educational research speaks for itself. The integration of this research into our PQP ensures that candidates' own professional practice is as leading edge as the University of Toronto itself. Candidates apply these theories of leadership and school administration to practice, in their current location.
Our PQP links candidates to OISE faculty and other world-renowned researchers in the area of education and leadership. The program is designed to provide a continuum of learning from Part 1 through Part 2, allowing candidates to learn and grow together in an intellectually stimulating and risk-free environment. Our instructors are all practicing, expert Principals and represent a wide variety of experiences and demographics - urban and suburban schools, secondary and elementary panels, large regional schools and smaller community schools.
It is said that 90% of the training that leaders receive is technical, while 90% of the challenges they encounter are dependent on the development of positive relationships (Dan Ciampa). Further, Roland Barth states, "the nature of the relationships among the adults who inhabit a school has more to do with the school's quality character, and with the accomplishment of its pupils than any other factor." Given the importance of the development of adaptive skills for future school leaders, the OISE PQP provides candidates with a balance between technical and adaptive skill development. This focus on both the cognitive and intra/interpersonal domains of professional development is a key component of the OISE PQP.
Each course consists of 125 total course hours.
The OISE program provides candidates with a variety of learning experiences including:
The Principals’ Qualification Course programs are based on the 5 core topics outlined by the Ontario College of Teachers:
The Practicum is a required leadership and educational experience of sixty (60) hours duration. This may be comprised of either a) 60 hours practical leadership project or b) 40 hours practical leadership project plus 20 hours observation of a practising Principal/Vice-Principal.
Forms and details regarding the practicum will be made available at the first face to face class of the Part 1 program.
Part 1 and Part 2 Modules
For further specific information about the Principals' Qualification Program, please contact the course Principal, by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.