I Want to Be a Principal


To become a principal in a publicly funded school in Ontario, you need an undergraduate degree, five years of teaching experience, certification in three divisions (primary, junior, intermediate, senior), two Specialist or Honour Specialist additional qualifications or a master's degree, and you are required to complete the Principal's Qualification Program.

The Principal's Qualification Program is offered by Ontario universities, teachers' federations and principals' associations. The program is designed to provide educators with the knowledge and skills necessary to become effective school administrators.

The Ontario College of Teachers, the self-regulatory body that certifies, governs and regulates teachers and principals, provides a resource entitled The Principal's Qualification Program Guide, which offers a detailed overview of the program. Also available on the College's website is a list of the universities and organizations that offer the Principal's Qualification Program.

For additional information about becoming a principal, visit the websites of the three principals' associations, Ontario Principals' Council (OPC), Catholic Principals' Council of Ontario (CPCO) and L'Association des directions et directions adjointes des écoles franco-ontariennes (ADFO).


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