Principals' Qualification Program (PQP)

York University recognizes the critical role of leadership in Ontario’s public education sector and has tailored the Principals Qualification Program (PQP) Part 1 and Part 2 to meet the specific needs of educators inspired by the career opportunities that lie ahead.


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.

PQP Highlights

  • Developed and written by experienced leaders recognized as members of Canada's Outstanding Principals
  • Draws on the immense research of faculty and practical experience of course leaders
  • Actively involves educators in practical aspects of the role and current issues facing school administrators
  • Challenges participants to embrace innovation, think and act with creativity and ingenuity, and to be in constant pursuit of excellence
  • Program is fully accredited by the Ontario College of Teachers and undergoes regular review and renewal

What PQP offers

  • A wide variety of course delivery options
  • Multiple locations and on-line options
  • Opportunities to meet with candidates from other boards to share experiences and knowledge
  • Access to high quality guest speakers
  • A progressive delivery model grounded in the principles of adult learning

Prerequisites and Eligibility

To become a principal in a publicly funded school in Ontario, teachers are required to complete the Principal's Qualification Program, Part 1 and Part 2. For a comprehensive list of program requirements and how to qualify for each of the courses, see the Eligibility Requirements.

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. See the Academic Calendar, for a year-at-a-glance view of session dates and course offerings.

Course Fee: $850.00

Note: $800.00 for York Grads who qualify for the $50 discount


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

Cancellation Policy

Ineligible candidates:
Applicants who do not meet prerequisites requirements will be deemed ineligible for admission and fees refunded subject to a $50 non-refundable amount.
Withdrawals requested by candidates:
Withdrawals are effective on the date the signed withdrawal notice is received in our office and fees refunded subject to the non-refundable amounts below:

  • $150 - Before course begins
  • $250 - After course begins