Principal's Qualification Program (PQP I and II)


Niagara’s PQP has been approved by the Ontario College of Teachers. The course is delivered online using the Canvas learning management system.

The coursework is formatted into five modules with assignments and discussions built in to support exploration, research and sharing. 

The PQP includes Part I, Part II, and a Leadership Practicum. Part I and Part II of the program are each 125 hours in length as per OCT requirements.

Leadership Practicum Requirements:


  • The Leadership Practicum Experience (proposal and practicum) must apply to a school setting and be mentored by a practicing qualified principal or vice-principal.
  • The Leadership Practicum proposal is a contract between the candidate, mentor and course instructor for Part I outlining the nature of the inquiry to be undertaken by the candidate.
  • Candidates will develop and submit a Leadership Practicum Proposal to the course instructor for Part I.  Approval of the Leadership Practicum proposal is required prior to the course being recommended to OCT for Part I.


  • The duration of the Leadership Practicum will be a minimum of 60 hours of which 20 hours could be observation.
  • At the end of Part II, the Leadership Practicum must be successfully completed, and all required documentation submitted and approved by the instructor for Part II.



This course is designed for experienced teachers to develop the necessary knowledge and leadership skills to lead a school’s professional learning community, manage a school facility and work cooperatively with the school community’s stakeholders to build public confidence in Ontario’s education system, support and promote student success, and ensure that equity is implemented throughout the programs and practices in the school.

Candidates in the program will develop their personal and professional capacity related to the practices identified under the five domains from the Ontario Leadership Framework 2013:

  • Setting Directions
  • Relationships and Capacity Building-building relationships and developing people
  • Developing the Organization to Support Desired Practices
  • Improving the Instructional Program and
  • Securing Accountability

Part I is an introductory program intended for experienced teachers interested in becoming a school principal and serves as an introduction to the fundamental aspects of leading and managing a school.

Part II candidates explore, in more depth, the theoretical and operational aspects of the principalship. Concepts and issues such as leadership and program planning are the focus of Part II.


PQP Eligibility (please note):

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that additional qualifications and/or postgraduate courses being used to meet the eligibility prerequisites for admission are acceptable to the Ontario College of Teachers. For detailed information on the PQP admission requirements, please refer to Regulation 184/97 45- 51 from the Education Statutes and Regulations of Ontario. 

Candidates can also contact Client Services at the Ontario College of Teachers for clarification or access information at

Eligibility requirements must be met before commencing with each course.

Failure to meet the requirements will result in the course being deemed to be taken for professional development purposes and will not be part of the candidate’s Certificate of Qualification and Registration.


  • OCT Certificate of Qualification and Registration
  • a member of good standing with OCT
  • an acceptable postsecondary degree or qualifications that the OCT Registrar considers to be equivalent to such a degree
  • basic qualifications in 3 divisions, one of which must be in the intermediate division
  • five school years of successful classroom teaching experience in a school providing elementary or secondary education (attested to by the superintendent of schools)

   And one of:

  • two specialist or honour specialist qualifications, or
  • one specialist or honour specialist qualification, and at least half the number of graduate postsecondary credits required to qualify for a master’s degree, or
  • a master’s degree that required completion of at least 30 graduate postsecondary credits or their equivalent, or a doctorate, or
  • at least 30 graduate postsecondary credits or their equivalent


  • The graduate credits must have been granted by an institution authorized to grant an acceptable postsecondary degree and have been completed in addition to any credits required for initial certification.
  • Candidates applying with a master’s degree or half master’s are required to submit a transcript of these courses to Niagara for evaluation to determine if the amended pre-requisites have been met. 


  • OCT Certificate of Qualification and Registration
  • A member in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers
  • Part I Principal’s Qualification Program

Candidates who completed PQP Part I with another provider and whose PQP Part I is not currently recorded on their current Ontario Teacher Certificate of Qualification will need to submit a Conditional Admission to PQP Part II form verifying completion of PQP Part I. 

  • Note: The Conditional Admission form can only be signed by the Faculty Registrar when the prerequisite course has been completed and results are available.  Niagara cannot accept grade reports, letters of completion, etc., in lieu of the Conditional Admission form.


The final evaluation for PQP courses is on a ‘satisfactory,’ ‘unsatisfactory,’ or ‘incomplete’ basis, and assessments are built-in throughout all the assignments to provide timely feedback to assist candidates in maintaining a satisfactory level of learning/work. Please note that a grade of 'incomplete' may only be given for specific circumstances according to Niagara's incomplete grade policy.

Candidates may view their grades through WebAdvisor. If an official transcript is required, candidates may request a transcript


The fee is $695 Canadian for each course: PQP I and PQP II.

Discounts for Niagara University graduates do not apply to these courses.  


The registration is online. Registration for the course will be contingent upon:

Drop and Refund Schedule