SOQP@OPSOA

The Supervisory Officer’s Qualification Program is a professional learning program that prepares candidates to receive a Supervisory Officer’s Certificate in Ontario as either an Academic or Business Supervisory Officer.

 

Welcome to OPSOA’s 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 system for which they are accountable. Supervisory Officers collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders to nurture a system culture that enhances student learning and well-being and the professional capacity of all within the school board community.

OPSOA’s SOQP will engage candidates in critical inquiry and the co-construction of knowledge and co-learning from a system perspective with an anti-oppression and equity focus throughout all modules. The integration of concepts will be critically explored through holistic and interrelated processes.

Watch a short video on OPSOA's SOQP

 

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?"

 

The Program

The program consists of four instructional modules and a leadership practicum. 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. 

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.

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.

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.

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 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

To ensure the safety of OPSOA SOQP Mentors and candidates, all modules will be offered in an online format. Once it is safe to do so, as determined by Public Health, the Ministry of Education, and the OPSOA Board of Directors, modules will be offered in a blended delivery format.

Each module is 50 hours in length and will consist of pre-module work, face-to- face/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 synchronous portions of 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 face-to- face sessions

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.

Upcoming Session

OPSOA will be offering Module 2 - Leadership and Organizational Change Perspective starting June 28, and Module 3 - Provincial Leadership Perspective starting July 5. 

Registration is now open.

Please note that registration for each module is due about 4 weeks before the Module’s start.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer 2021 – Module 2:

June 28 (3 hours), July 12-13, July 19
Registration deadline: May 28, 2021

Summer 2021 – Module 3:

July 5 (3 hours), July 14-15, July 20
Registration deadline: May 28, 2021

Fall 2021 – Module 4:

October 14 (3 hours), October 22-23, October 30
Registration deadline: September 15, 2021

Fall 2021 – Module 1:

October 14 (3 hours), October 22-23, October 30
Registration deadline: September 15, 2021

Winter 2022 – Module 2:

January 20 (3 hours), February 4-5, February 12
Registration deadline: December 9, 2021

 

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.

 

 

Application

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

 

 

 

 

Academic Candidates
Requirements and Application

 

 

Business Candidates
Requirements and Application

 

Fees and Payment

Register for Module 2 and/or Module 3 by end of day May 28, 2021

 

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 will receive 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