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Guidance and Career Education Program Information


Guidance and Career Education program goals for students include:

  • understanding the concepts related to lifelong learning, interpersonal relationships (including responsible citizenship) and career planning.
  • developing learning skills, social skills, a sense of social responsibility, and the ability to formulate and pursue educational and career goals.
  • applying learning to their lives and work in the school and community.

The goals are organized into three areas of knowledge and skills: student development, interpersonal development and career development. The comprehensive school guidance and career education program reflects the interconnectedness of these three areas through an inquirybased approach to teaching and learning.


The key features of the program are:

  • competencies for Grade 9 to 12 students.
  • a compulsory half credit course in Career Studies.
  • optional courses in Designing Your Future, Discovering the Workplace, Leadership and Peer Support, Navigating the Workplace, and Learning Strategies (availability varies, see individual school offerings).
  • preparation of an annual education plan.
  • individual assistance and short-term counselling.
  • a range of experiential learning activities, e.g., job shadowing, work experience and co-operative education.

Co-operative Education Programs


A co-operative education program is based on a related course (or courses) from an Ontario curriculum policy document or on a Ministry-approved locally developed course in which the student is enrolled or has successfully completed. All schools offer co-operative education. Two

co-op credits can be counted toward the 18 compulsory credits.


Co-operative education courses include a classroom component, pre-placement and integration activities, and a placement component. Students earn co-operative

education credits by integrating classroom theory with planned learning experiences in the community based on curriculum expectations of the related course(s). Placements

provide students with the opportunity to refine, extend, apply and practice theories learned in courses with on-the-job experiences.


For each student, there is a Personalized Placement Learning Plan (PPLP) including a description of the curricular knowledge and skills and the employability

skills the student will demonstrate at the placement.


Any student who chooses a co-op placement in an apprenticeable trade is considered to be an Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) student ‘participant’.

A student who ‘participates’ in OYAP must have a Personalized Placement Learning Plan (PPLP) that is based on the on-the-job training requirements outlined in the government approved training standard for that trade.


Training Standard competency booklets can be found at your local Ministry of Training, College and Universities (MTCU) office.


Information on specialized co-operative education programs is available in the guidance and career education office in schools, and online at www.makingmyway.ca, or www.peelschools.org in the “Student Stuff” section.


Brief descriptions are available in the Specialized Programs section of this resource.

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