Course Outline

The CPCO Principal Development Course Additional Qualification includes four Core Modules and a variety of Elective Modules relevant to leadership in a Catholic School.  

Candidates in the course will:

  • develop knowledge, skills and attitudes that build personal and professional capacity to lead and improve a Catholic learning community through an anti-oppression and anti-racist lens
  • collaboratively set directions to support ‘learning for all’ and honour, identities, voice, perspectives, strengths, and experiences of learners and candidates
  • develop meaningful relationships
  • engage in activities that foster a culture of shared leadership and critical inquiry.

CPCO Principal Development Course Additional Qualification is organized into Core and Elective Modules.

Candidates must successfully complete four modules inclusive of two Core Modules (one of which must be Module 1: Mission of Jesus) AND any two other modules - Core or Elective. Modules may be completed in any order.

Core Modules:

  1. Module One: The Mission of Jesus (mandatory)
    Jesus’ leadership provides examples which continue to inform Catholic leaders today. Knowledge of Jesus as teacher, leader, servant, steward and shepherd is explored in relation to the Ontario Leadership Framework: Catholic School-Level Leadership (OCLF) to guide candidates in articulating a personal leadership roadmap representing the best thinking and experience of successful Catholic leaders, including Jesus.

  2. Module Two: Leadership in a Catholic Context
    This module prompts candidates to look inward, outward, and forward in the role of Catholic leader to refine an understanding of leadership within the larger Catholic context.

  3. Module Three: Catholic School Culture, Community Context and Leadership
    In this module candidates consider the realities of Catholic school communities today. Content will focus on leading a Catholic School within the contemporary context and reflect upon Catholic schools today from the perspective of school leadership.

  4. Module Four: Catholic Education in Ontario: Challenges and Moments of Renewed Promise
    Candidates will be given an opportunity to reflect on the history and the current status of Catholic education and what the role of leaders in Catholic schools and systems might be, in shaping the future of Catholic education. 


Elective Modules (Coming Soon)

  • E1  Understanding Anxiety: Supporting Staff and Students
    Candidates will develop an understanding of what the symptoms of anxiety are and how they present in students and staff. Through a lens of culturally responsive pedagogy, strategies for anxiety management in school and at home will be explored. Preventative measures and whole school approaches to addressing anxiety concerns will be examined as well as best practices.

  • E2  Leading Catholic French Immersion Schools
    Catholic administrators will have an opportunity to discuss the role of instructional and strategic leadership in supporting the French Immersion program. This module will provide practical support and thoughtful discussions to mitigate issues identified in research regarding the development of the French Immersion program in schools.

  • E3  Becoming an Anti-Racist Leader in Catholic Schools
    Through social/historical analysis, self-examination, exploring the importance of culturally relevant and responsive administrative practice and planning strategies, principals will develop their understanding and competencies of anti-racism practices. This module will explore the past and present in topics of racism and Human Rights Education.

  • E4  Special Education Through the Lens of a Leader in Catholic Schools
    The Catholic Leader’s role is pivotal in fostering a culture of inclusion in school. Candidates will develop an understanding of how, in their role as a leader in a Catholic school, they can provide support and advocate for their students with special education needs. 



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Activities and assignments provide an opportunity for candidates to illustrate a high level of professional knowledge, skills, pedagogy, ethical practices, instructional leadership, and spiritual growth through an anti-oppressive and anti-racist lens. They are intended to provide an opportunity for candidates to act as a member of a Catholic school administrative team in their leadership role working to honour the voices of students, staff, parents, parish, and the community.     

Module Inquiry Job-Embedded Practicum: Each module inquiry job-embedded practicum will consolidate the in-depth knowledge and understanding gained because of engagement with the module. It will also include critical reflections based on the candidate’s job-embedded experience and personal spiritual journey linked to evidence of this journey’s influence on daily leadership practices.