About our Principal's Qualification Program (PQP)


The Principal’s Qualification Program (PQP) is a two-part program that is accredited by the Ontario College of Teachers. Our PQP prepares experienced teachers for elementary and secondary school principalships in Ontario public and Catholic school boards.

Through two courses as well as a mandatory practicum, our PQP provides you with the foundational knowledge and skills to become a principal. Our flexible program reflects the current political, economic, and social realities that affect schools and school communities, helping you to address issues that are significant to you and your teaching.

For information about our PQP Part I and Part II courses as well as the Leadership Practicum, click the following links:

PQP Part I

PQP Part I introduces you to the fundamental aspects of leading and managing a school as an administrator. During this course, you will address the following topics:

  • What it Means to Be a Principal
  • Human Resources
  • Decision Making
  • Legal Issues
  • School Operations
  • Communication Strategies
  • Practicum Experience

This course involves coursework and the development and approval of your Leadership Practicum Proposal. PQP Part I is for experienced teachers who have an interest in becoming a school principal.

PQP Part II and Leadership Practicum

PQP Part II allows you to explore, in more depth, the theoretical and operational aspects of principalship. This course focuses on concepts such as leadership and program planning as well as the following topics:

  • Human Resources
  • Community
  • Decision Making
  • School Programing
  • Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting
  • Resource Management
  • Communication Strategies

Once you complete PQP Part II, you will work to complete your Leadership Practicum. The Leadership Practicum is an educational leadership experience relating to the role of a principal or vice-principal with the support of a mentor.

For more information on the Leadership Practicum, including information on Practicum Extensions, please click here.

Need more information about our Principal's Qualification Program?

For information that applies to our PQP Part I, Part II, and the Leadership Practicum such as course delivery, required textbooks, or prerequisites, please see our PQP Information and Regulations page. To access our PQP Information and Regulations page, click the following link:

To find out more about our PQP, please contact the Department of Professional Development.

Find and Register for a Course

To register for PQP Part I or Part II, please use our Course and Workshop Database. To access our Course and Workshop Database, click the following link: