Co-operative Education

Co-op Teachers at OTHS


What is Cooperative Education (Co-op)?

• Cooperative Education is a ministry-approved program that allows students to earn secondary school credits while completing a work placement. The program consists of a co-op course monitored by a cooperative education teacher, a related curriculum course in any subject and a work placement.

• Students can apply two co-op credits towards their compulsory high school graduation requirements, with no limit on earning optional co-op credits. Co-op placements are arranged for students by their secondary school and must follow Ministry of Education policy and guidelines.

Who is it for?

• Co-op programs are for secondary students who are heading for apprenticeship, college, university or the workplace.

Key benefits of co-op programs

Co-op students have the opportunity to:

• Experience hands-on learning

• “Test-drive” career options

• See the relevance of their classroom learning

• Earn credits through workplace experience

• Develop the essential skills and habits required in the workplace

• Gain valuable work experience that will help build a resumé for postsecondary programs and future employment.

Where are co-op programs offered? How do I find out more?

• All Ontario school boards offer co-op programs. For more information contact your school principal or the Student Success Leader at your school board. More detailed information about Cooperative Education can be found at

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