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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.

​Program Overview


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

As a part of the program students are required to complete 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 related course curriculum.

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, automotive,
engineering, animal care, retail, culinary, beauty and many more!


Co-op Links


The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

opens the door to apprenticeships in a wide range of exciting careers. If you are entering Grade 11 and are at least 16 years old, you can begin working towards a career in a skilled trade while you complete your Ontario Secondary School Diploma.


The Ontario Ministry of Labour's​ Jobs and Employment site provides a starting point for exploration of many online career- and employment-related resources.

Dual Credit 

​Students have the opportunity to pair their co-op experience with a dual credit program. Dual credit programs provide grade 11 and 12 students with the opportunity to earn both college and secondary credits at the same time. 


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.


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!






2 Credit Program: Pre-placement & integration learning plus a co-op placement.  These credits will be related to one previously earned high school credit.


4 Credit Program:  Pre-placement & integration learning plus a co-op placement.  These credits will be related to two previously earned high school credits.


For example:  A placement working as a legal assistant in the 2 credit program could be related to Grade 11 Law - CLU3M0.  You would earn two Co-op credits in CLU3MC.  In the 4 credit program the placement would be related to an additional credit such as ENG 3CO.  The student would earn an additional 2 Co-op credits in ENG 3CC for a total of 4 credits.


Before a student can begin working at a placement pre-placement instruction must take place. Students must complete assignments covering the following workplace related topics: resume and cover letter writing, applications, interview skills, health and safety, the employment standards act, human rights legislation, unions etc.  Students must successfully complete the pre-placement portion of the course to be eligible to start a Co-op placement.



Over the course of the semester the student will attend their placement on the days outlined in a calendar that will be provided to them.  Regular attendance and punctuality is a mandatory component of successfully completing the program.​


Students must complete integration hours over the course of the semester.  This is a classroom component of the course that is run during in-school sessions throughout the semester as per the calendar provided.  Students will get the opportunity to relate their placement experience to the curriculum expectations, reflect on placement experiences, and reinforce the job-skills theory acquired in the classroom.


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