Charles Sturt University (CSU) 

Master of International Education (School Leadership)


Agreement with CSU

Catholic Principals' Council | Ontario (CPCO) and Charles Sturt University (CSU), Australia, have established an agreement to provide for Masters Accreditation of the PQP courses offered by the CPCO.

Effective May 1, 2011, candidates who choose the Masters Dimension will be awarded two (2) Masters level credits by CSU in recognition of the completion of PQP I and II, upon enrolment in their Master of International Education (School Leadership).

The Masters of International Education (School Leadership) is recognized as an acceptable Master’s Degree by the Ontario College of Teachers and the CPCO for entrance into the PQP and SOQP programs.

Who is our partner?

Charles Sturt University (CSU), Australia, has a long and proud tradition of providing Masters-level study by Distance Education for educators across Australia and around the world. Its Faculty of Education has over 50 years of experience in teacher education programs and is one of Australia’s largest and most diverse education facilities. The programs range from associate to doctoral level degrees, delivered by qualified academic staff. The Faculty of Education currently has an enrolment of approximately 5,500 students. The Faculty has had over 1000 graduates across all its programs from the Province of Ontario over the last 10 years. During this time, CSU Australia has awarded academic credit in their Masters Programs to enrolled students who have demonstrated completion of Ontario College of Teachers accredited Specialist AQ courses and Principal Qualification Programs. These credit arrangements will continue to exist for any Ontario Educators who have completed these programs.

What has changed with the PQPs with a Masters Dimension?

In cooperation with CSU the PQP I and II have been enhanced to include readings, activities and practicum to a Masters level. The core topics, as determined by the Ontario College of Teachers, remain unchanged. The readings have been broadened to ensure that strong theoretical and conceptual understandings frame the practical core of the program. In addition, for those selecting the Masters Dimension, modifications to the practicum report have been made to enhance the research base and elevate the academic level of the report.

Specifically, what are the changes to the practicum report in order to achieve a Masters level credit?

The practicum requirements for PQP certification are set out in the CPCO candidate Practicum Handbook and will be reviewed by the PQP/CPCO Instructors. For candidates who select the Masters Dimension, a CPCO appointed Academic Advisor will be assigned to assist the candidate and Instructor in the development of the Practicum Proposal, with an emphasis on extending the literature and research base. The Instructor will remain the key lead in the establishment of the practicum; however, the Practicum Proposal will be signed off by both the Academic Advisor and the Instructor. Candidates selecting the Masters Dimension will be required to achieve a level 4 in all areas of the report. Academic Advisors will work with participants and Instructors in the preparation of the report.

Who are the Academic Advisors?

The CPCO Academic Advisors are senior Ontario educators who possess a doctoral degree or other relevant qualifications and experience and are familiar with the PQP qualification. Under agreement with CPCO they are also appointed as Adjunct Professors of the Faculty of Education, CSU Australia.

How do I select the Masters Dimension of the CPCO Principals’ Qualification Program?

Candidates should complete the PQP Masters Fee Payment Form and submit it to the CPCO office either by mail or fax. Click here to access the application / fee payment form.




What is the additional cost of the Masters Dimension?

The additional cost is $500 in total for the two PQP I and PQP II courses. This covers the additional support of the Academic Advisors and PQP Part Instructor throughout the practicum component and the administration and record keeping by the CPCO.

How do I articulate the Masters Dimension into a CSU Degree?

Generally most PQP participants will enroll with CSU after the completion of the PQP. However, it is possible to study at CSU and concurrently complete the PQPs. Questions can be directed to

What are the requirements of the Master of International Education (School Leadership)?

The CSU Master of International Education (School Leadership) degree requires the completion of ten (10) courses. PQP 1 and 2 undertaken with the Masters Dimension will receive two (2) full credits as School Leadership 1 and 2. Individuals who have also completed 3 part AQ Specialists and the Principals Development Course will be eligible for further credit. Further information is available at

The course consists of 80 subject points which can be fulfilled by completing the subjects in the pathways as detailed below. All subjects listed are 8 credit points unless otherwise stated.

All pathways include compulsory subjects represented as: Phase 1: Core Studies; and elective subjects represented as Phase 2: Breadth/Depth Studies which enable students to branch out into either a Professional Orientation or Research Orientation. More detailed information can be found at under the subjects tab.

It is an expectation that students must either enter with, or finish prior to completing this course, the Principal's Qualification Program I and II (PQPs).

What if I have questions about the CSU Master of International Education (School Leadership) degree?

Contact Brendon Hyndman, Course Director, at

What if I have a question about the PQP Masters Dimension?

Contact CPCO Professional Program and Member Services Coordinator, Luciana Cardarelli at 416-483-1556.