Cooperative Education is a program that allows students to earn secondary school credits while completing a work placement in the community. A student’s co-op program consists of the co-op course, which is monitored by a cooperative education teacher, and a related curriculum course or courses. Every student in a co-op program must have a Personalized Placement Learning Plan (PPLP) which shows how the student’s related curriculum course or courses are being applied at their co-op placement. While at the placement, a designated workplace supervisor acts as a mentor for the co-op student, oversees their experiential learning, and communicates regularly with the co-op teacher.
The Cooperative Education course consists of a classroom component and a placement component. The classroom component includes pre-placement and integration activities, which prepare students for the workplace. This includes instruction in areas of key importance such as health and safety. Opportunities are given during in-class sessions to reflect on and reinforce their learning in the workplace.
When students apply for cooperative education on course selection day, co-op teachers soon begin the process of arranging placements for them. Co-op placements must follow Ministry of Education Policy and guidelines.
For more information about cooperative education, please visit the ministry fact sheet.