Supervisory Officer’s Qualification Program (SOQP)

 The Supervisory Officer’s Qualification Program (SOQP) is designed to prepare future Supervisory Officers in Ontario to respond to the needs and demands of the K-12 education. Through a fully virtual and highly collaborative learning community, candidates will engage in critical inquiry as they develop the skills, knowledge and competencies necessary to meet the challenges of public education. Candidates can enter the program at any module.

 

OPSOA's SOQP program is built on a foundation of anti-oppression, anti-racism, anti-colonialism and...

  • Brings renowned provincial leaders and presenters from every corner of the province to candidate discussions.

  • Provides time in small mentor groups for candidate reflection, sharing, networking and deep learning.

  • Engages experienced and provincially recognized supervisory officers as mentors.

  • Ensures highly interactive, engaging and thought-provoking learning discussions.

  • Builds the critical consciousness and skills necessary to take action in addressing systemic barriers.

 

What candidates say about their experience with the program:

 

"OPSOA modules encourage participants to centre our most under-served students and families in framing our thinking around leadership in school boards. This is critical if we are going to bring about true system change grounded in Truth and Reconciliation, equity and anti-oppression.”  -SOQP Candidate

 

“OPSOA's Supervisory Course provided a space for deep reflection of current leadership best practices through an equity and anti-oppression lens. The information and learning is current and responsive to the needs of emerging leaders in education.” -SOQP Candidate

Program

The Program

The program consists of four instructional modules and a leadership practicum. While candidates would ideally take the modules in order from Module 1 through to Module 4, there is complete flexibility to ensure that candidates are able to make the program work for them both personally and professionally. The SOQP must be completed within five years of the initial start date. Each module is 50 hours in length and will consist of instructional time plus reading, researching and assignment completion. The modules and practicum will have their own evaluation criteria that will include formative and summative evaluation.

 

Each module will present inquiries enabling candidates to build knowledge, engage in discourse, and reflect on their professional practice as they strive to enhance the leadership skills required of an effective Supervisory Officer in Ontario. 

Module 1 - Personal Leadership Perspective

Candidates will further develop and apply their personal leadership resources within the context of system leadership. The focus is on understanding the interaction of the personal and professional ethical self and the need for ongoing reflection and learning. The focus includes building candidate capacity to establish and sustain a broadly shared mission, vision and goals.

Module 2 – Leadership and Organizational Change Perspective

Candidates further develop and apply their personal leadership resources within the context of system leadership. The focus is on understanding the interaction of the personal and professional ethical self and the need for ongoing reflection and learning. The focus includes building candidate capacity to establish and sustain a broadly shared mission, vision and goals.

Module 3 - Provincial Leadership Perspective

Candidates expand their knowledge of legislation, policies and structures that provide the framework for ethical and legal decision-making in education in Ontario. The focus is on applying this knowledge to complex issues that arise given the complexity and diversity of Ontario society.

Module 4 - System Leadership Perspective

Candidates acquire and consolidate knowledge of policy governance, systems thinking and provincial and district vision as the foundation for building relationships and developing human resource capacity for realizing system goals. The focus is on understanding the supervisory officer’s role in the design and implementation of the strategic plan and organizational culture.

The Leadership Practicum

The Leadership Practicum is a required component of the Supervisory Officer’s Qualification Program and may be started upon the completion of two modules. Designed to allow candidates to demonstrate their ability to integrate and apply the content from the SOQP modules and their leadership competencies within a district school board or other educational setting of a similar nature, the practicum is a culminating educational experience involving the integration of the content and inquiries within the four modules, with a focus on addressing an identified inequitable outcome for students and/or staff.


    Mode of Delivery

OPSOA will only be offering a virtual format for the Winter session.  

Each module is 50 hours in length and will consist of pre-module work, synchronous instructional time, researching, post-module work and assignment completion as noted in the chart below. If you are entering into the SOQP for the first time, it is strongly encouraged that you begin with Module 1, with subsequent modules taken in any sequence. If you have already taken SOQP modules, we welcome you to join our program at any time.

The modules which occur during the school year will be organized as follows:

 

Session 1 – 3 hours with OPSOA Mentor in mentor group, through videoconference

Session 2 – Friday and Saturday, (full days), two weeks following session one, through videoconference

Session 3 – Saturday, 6 hours, the week following session 2, through videoconference

 

Summer offerings will be held during the work week.

 

During the leadership practicum component, which is also 50 hours in length, candidates will work directly with qualified, experienced Supervisory Officers as they inquire into a specific leadership initiative within the setting of their respective Board of Education.

Admissions

Admission Requirements

The SOQP Candidates will be accepted for entry into the program based on the submission of full documentation as required by Ontario Regulation 176.10 for academic applications and Regulation 309 (as amended by O. Reg. 182/97) for business applications.

There are separate requirements for Academic and Business candidates.

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Application

Program candidates must complete an online form and submit supporting documents as needed. Please visit the appropriate application page for details.

 

 

 

Academic Candidate Requirements & Application

Academic Candidate Requirements

To be considered for admission into OPSOA’s SOQP, the candidate must first submit proof of meeting each the following criteria, as stipulated in Ontario Regulation 176/10, section 35 (3) and (4).

 

Candidates wishing to pursue their Supervisory Officer’s Qualifications require all of the following:

 

  • Teaching qualifications in three or more teaching divisions, including the intermediate division
  • At least five (5) years of successful classroom teaching experience, to be verified by a board supervisory official (Statement Form)
  • An acceptable master's degree

or

 

  • doctorate degree (if applicable)

and

 

  • Principal's Qualification Program Part 1 & 2, or equivalent

 

For more information, please refer to the detailed information in the Ontario College of Teachers Act (1996).

All candidates to the OPSOA’s Supervisory Officer’s Qualification Program (the “SOQP”) must submit to OPSOA all necessary qualifications and degrees specified in this application, that meet all of the requirements for admission into the SOQP as set out in O. Reg. 176/10, made under the Ontario College of Teachers Act, 1996, S.O. 1996, c. 12. It is the responsibility of each candidate to ensure that they have met the prescribed requirements contained in O. Reg. 176/10, which are a pre-requisite to admission to the SOQP, and to the issuance of a general certificate of qualification and registration by the Registrar of the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT), upon successful completion of the SOQP. OPSOA shall not be responsible or liable for any loss, claims, harm or damages whatsoever incurred by the candidate in the event that the Registrar of the Ontario College of Teachers refuses to accept an candidate’s qualifications as meeting the prescribed requirements for admission to the SOQP, and does not record the supervisory officer’s qualification on the candidate’s OCT General Certificate of Qualification and Registration, even where the candidate has paid for and successfully completed the SOQP.

 

I have read and understand the requirements, I verify that I meet the requirements as stated above:  

Yes

 

If you are an existing OPSOA SOQP candidate, or have initiated the registration process,
please log into the portal to register for further modules.

Business Candidate Requirements & Application

Business Candidate Requirements

To be considered for admission into OPSOA’s SOQP, the candidate must first submit proof of meeting each the following criteria, as stipulated in As required by Regulation 309, applicants shall have:

  • At least seven years of experience in business administration, including at least three years in a managerial role relevant to the role of business supervisory officer (require a detailed original letter from a board directors/head of companies, indicating job title, specific dates in role, detailed responsibilities, evidence of managerial experience) - Statement of Experince Form
  • An acceptable post-secondary degree (web print-outs are not accepted)

AND Either

  • A master's degree (web print-outs are not accepted)

OR 

  • qualified to practice as an
    • architect
    • certified general accountant
    • certified management accountant
    • chartered accountant
    • lawyer
    • professional engineer
    • professional planner
    • certified human resource professional
    • or is qualified to practice in another professional capacity that, in the opinion of the Minister, provides experience appropriate for the position of business supervisory officer

AND Either

  • Successfully completed a program in school board management
    • the person holds a master's degree that is an acceptable post-secondary degree and has successfully completed a graduate course, either as part of or in addition to the courses necessary to obtain the degree, in each of school board finance and school board administration
  • OR
    • the person has other post-secondary education and experience that the Minister considers relevant to the role of a business supervisory officer and equivalent to the program in school board management. (Require Ministry Attestation Form completed by Director or Superintendent and approval from Minister)

All candidates to the OPSOA’s Supervisory Officer’s Qualification Program (the “SOQP”) must submit to OPSOA all necessary qualifications and degrees specified in this application, that meet all of the requirements for admission into the SOQP as set out in O. Reg. 176/10, made under the Ontario College of Teachers Act, 1996, S.O. 1996, c. 12. It is the responsibility of each candidate to ensure that they have met the prescribed requirements contained in O. Reg. 176/10, which are a pre-requisite to admission to the SOQP, and to the issuance of a general certificate of qualification and registration by the Registrar of the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT), upon successful completion of the SOQP. OPSOA shall not be responsible or liable for any loss, claims, harm or damages whatsoever incurred by the candidate in the event that the Registrar of the Ontario College of Teachers refuses to accept an candidate’s qualifications as meeting the prescribed requirements for admission to the SOQP, and does not record the supervisory officer’s qualification on the applicant’s OCT General Certificate of Qualification and Registration, even where the candidate has paid for and successfully completed the SOQP.

 
 
I have read and understand the requirements, I verify that I meet the requirements as stated above:  

Yes

 

If you are an existing OPSOA SOQP candidate, or have initiated the registration process,
please log into the portal to register for further modules.

Modules

Upcoming Sessions

 

While candidates would ideally take the modules in order from Module 1 through to Module 4, there is complete flexibility to ensure that candidates are able to make the program work for them personally and professionally. OPSOA will be offering the following:

 

 

Summer  2023  - Virtual

Module 1 - Personal Leadership Perspective

Module 2 - Leadership and Organization Change Perspective

Module 3 - Provincial Leaderhip Perspective

Module 4 - System Leadership Perspective

 

Stay tuned, registration will be opening soon!

 

 

 

Winter 2023 – Module 2:

January 19 (3 hours), February 10 - 11, February 25
Registration is now closed.

 

Winter 2023 – Module 4:

January 19 (3 hours), February 10 - 11, February 25

Registration is now closed.

 

 

Summer 2023 – Module 1:

July 4 - 6 (all days 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

Registration closes June 23, 2023
 

Summer 2023 – Module 3:

July 4 - 6 (all days 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

Registration closes June 23, 2023

 

Summer 2023 – Module 2:

July 11 - 13 (all days 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

Registration closes June 23, 2023

 

Summer 2023 – Module 4:

July 11 - 13 (all days 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

Registration closes June 23, 2023

 

If your a looking to register after the registration deadline of June 23rd, please contact Lila Read, SOQP Facilitator at lilaread.soqp@opsoa.org

Cost

Fees and Payment

All books and materials required for the Modules will be included in the overall cost. Also included at no additional cost is a comprehensive Leadership Skills 360 Assessment for each candidate in Module 1.

 

Registration opening soon for Summer Modules!

 

Course Fee:

$1315 for each Module
$950 for the Leadership Practicum
Fees include HST

 

There is a $250 non-refundable fee if candidate withdraws within 2 weeks of the start of the module.

If you withdraw from the program, the cost of books/resources, and related costs, that have been sent to you will be deducted from the fees paid. 

There is no refund for cancellations after a Module’s start date.

OPSOA accepts payment by credit card only. Payment is made when registering for the Module and is required before beginning the Module.

Fees will be reviewed annually and may be subject to change.

 

If you have questions, please reach us at  soqp@opsoa.org

Testimonials

Recent Testimonials - Fall 2022

 

Module One of OPSOA's Supervisory Course provided a space for deep reflection of current leadership best practices through an equity and anti-oppression lens. The information and learning is current and responsive to the needs of emerging leaders in education. - Tara Balog, VP Manitouwadge Public School, SGDSB

 

OPSOA modules encourage participants to centre our most under-served students and families in framing our thinking around leadership in school boards. This is critical if we are going to bring about true system change grounded in Truth and Reconciliation, equityand anti-oppression. - Jason Kandankery

 

The module 3 session is grounded with policies and practices relentlessly driven by equity.  To that end, the speakers from various Boards and organizations brought expertise and passion that was truly inspirational.  - Arnold Witt 

 

Previous Testimonials:

 

  • The learning is engaging, informative, collaborative, and directly connected to equity and anti-racism work. I recommend this program to any aspiring system leader.

 

  • OPSOA SOQP modules have helped to frame the role of the superintendent in an anti-oppressive lens, while outlining the many areas of understanding required of a system leader at this level. The mentors, all active in the role, share real-time experiences and challenges and provide future SOEs with an understanding of the role and our responsibilities within it. Speakers and panelists throughout the modules have provided perspectives on the role and include students and parents, directors of education, lawyers and trustees. A great course!

 

  • Love the instructors and the strong foundation in anti-bias, anti-oppression, anti-racism, equity and inclusion.

 

  • The inquiry questions provided a framework for understanding the complexities of the role and had us think deeply about these areas of system leadership.

 

  • The OPSOA SOQP Program continues to develop leaders who are mindful of dismantling marginalizing and oppressive barriers for students and staff in Modules 2 & 3. The presenters not only share their experiences within the role of superintendent, but also how they work to amplify marginalized voices, break down systemic racism and guide their school districts in the important work of decolonizing education. The assignments and readings are practical and meaningful to professional practice at all levels and experience.

 

  • An excellent learning opportunity in understanding leadership and management from a system perspective applying an equity, anti-racism and anti-oppression lens as well as applying this knowledge to complex issues that arise given the complexity and diversity of Ontario society.

 

  • The ability to listen to, learn from and engage with a wide variety of presenters provided a broad range of topics both from a local, regional and provincial perspective. I highly recommend it. Can't wait for the next module and I am excited to dive into the work of the practicum!!

 

 

The overarching inquiry for OPSOA’s SOQP is as follows:

 

"What are the essential steps that I need to take to develop the deep understanding and most crucial competencies to become an effective Supervisory Officer in Ontario?"