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Co-operative education is a planned learning experience in the community for which students earn credits. The work placement enables students to earn credits by integrating classroom theory with learning experiences at the work site. The placements enable students to apply and extend their knowledge and to practise and refine the skills acquired in related courses.

Co-operative education involves partnerships with the community. The collaboration of students, teachers and placement supervisors is required for the development of personalized placement learning plans. Students are monitored by teachers, and are supported in their learning by the placement supervisor and Co-operative education teachers.

All schools provide a very broad range of co-operative education opportunities. Information on these programs is available from the Guidance & Career Education department and the co-operative education teachers in your school.

Visit the Co-operative Education section of the Peel board website for more information.


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Program Overview


The Co-operative Education program at Erindale integrates classroom theory with practical experiences for students in the local business community. The program is based on a partnership between the school and business/industry , and involves the participation of students, teachers, and placement supervisors. Students experience the practical aspects of the job, the demands of full-time employment and the expectations of employers in a changing world. The learning at the school and at the business location complement each other, and students earn four credits towards a graduation diploma.

Students are selected to the program through an interview process conducted by the Co-operative education teachers in consultation with subject teachers, guidance counsellors, and school administrators.

Students must be in grade 11 or 12 and have at least 16 credits before being admitted into the program. Students are required to complete one month of in-school training before going to their placements and return to school for “integration sessions” on alternate Mondays throughout the semester. Integration activities are designed to reinforce the connections between what students learn at their placements with their related courses at school.

Co-operative education provides valuable skills and experiences to students in all pathways such as the workplace, college or university. Placements are available in a variety of different career areas including construction, teaching, computers, health care, business, entertainment, automotive
engineering and many more!


Co-op Links


Passport to Prosperity
is an employer outreach program of The Learning Partnership, sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Education. Passport to Prosperity is designed to increase employer involvement and partnerships in career education and school-work opportunities for students in Grades 7 to 12.


The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

opens the door to apprenticeship in a wide range of exciting careers. If you are entering Grade 11 and are at least 16 years old, you can work towards a career in a skilled trade as a registered apprentice, and eventually a certified skilled worker or journeyperson, while you complete your Ontario Secondary School Diploma.


The Ontario Ministry of Education's Career Gateway provides a starting point for exploration of many online career- and employment-related resources.


Career Cruising is an interactive career resource designed for people of all ages. If you want to find the right career, explore different career options, or plan future education and training, you've come to the right place!


class2careers.com is an on-line opportunity exchange among employers, teachers and students for school-work opportunities offered to secondary school students. The site was developed as part of the Ministry of Education Passport to Prosperity initiative through a partnership between The Learning Partnership and workopolis.com. class2careers.com is powered by workopolis.com.

Cooperative Education Courses




Navigating the Workplace (GLN 4O0)

This course provides students with opportunities to develop the workplace essential skills and work habits required for success in all types of workplaces. Students will explore occupations and careers of interest through participation in real workplace experiences. They will make plans for continued learning and work, work with others to design learning experiences and investigate the resources and support required to make a smooth transition to their postsecondary destination. 

A minimum of 110 hours either in school or in the workplace is required to successfully earn EACH Co-op credit. The Co-op experience extends to the end of the semester in conjunction with the start and end dates on the Work Education Agreement. Students will not be permitted to leave the program before this scheduled end date should they complete all of their hours in advance of this date.

Overall Expectations

By the end of this course, students will:
• Identify and predict future changes/trends in education, work and society
• Locate, access, synthesize, and use information about opportunities for postsecondary education/training
• Analyze themselves in terms of their knowledge, interests, values, skills, personal characteristics, and accomplishments
• Demonstrate effective personal, interpersonal and management skills
• Describe aspects of the world of work and related implications for education and training
• Take control of their futures by career planning and through self-directed learning


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