Principals’ Qualification Program

Offered through the Faculty of Education at York University, the CIS Ontario supported Independent School Focus PQP courses are designed to prepare and support leadership candidates for the complexity of the most senior administrative roles in independent schools. They are the first Independent School focused PQP courses accredited by the Ontario College of Teachers.

2021 PQP Spring Session– Part 2 with an Independent School Focus

York University, in partnership with CIS Ontario, is offering the Part 2 Principal's Qualification Program course with an Independent School focus (ISF) online from April 20, 2021 – June 18, 2021.


This course is fully online and includes mandatory synchronous sessions with real-time group interaction set by the instructor, Ian Richard Watt, on Tuesday evenings between 6:00-9:30 p.m.

The Principal's Qualification Program, Part 2 - Independent School Focus provides candidates with an in-depth and critical understanding of the core concepts rooted in the five leadership domains of the Ontario Leadership Framework, insights and practical measures for managing and leading the 21st century independent school, and resources for the ongoing development of their potential as educational leaders.


It is anticipated that PQP Parts 1 and 2 will be offered in July 2021 as well. Details to be confirmed.

PQP ISF Course Overview

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. See complete program overview:

Eligibility Requirements
The requirements to be eligible to take the PQP are set by the regulations that govern the Ontario College of Teachers. Click on the link to review the eligibility requirements:

If you need an additional basic qualification in one of the four divisions, click here to learn about the York University AQ offerings.


John Pascuzzo
PQP Coordinator
Professional Learning, Faculty of Education, York U

For additional information, please contact:
Sheri Little
Executive Assistant/ Event Manager

Offered in collaboration with York University's Faculty of Education, this program is suited for for current and aspiring leaders.