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Board Coop Logo.jpgCoopertive Education at Mary Ward CSS


Cooperative Education is a unique program for students, integrating academic study with practical experience in business and industry. This learning experience helps students make informed decisions about future work, careers and education. Students develop the work habits, attitudes and job skills necessary for a successful transition from school to the workplace or other post-secondary destinations.


What is Co-op Education?

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 cooperative education course, which is monitored by a cooperative education teacher, and the related curriculum course (that is, a course in any discipline, such as business studies, mathematics, or technological education). Every student in a co-op program must have a Personalized Placement Learning Plan (PPLP), which shows how the student’s related curriculum course is being applied at his or her co-op placement.


The cooperative education course consists of a classroom component and a placement component. The classroom component includes 15 to 20 hours of pre-placement instruction, which prepares students for the workplace and includes instruction in areas of key importance such as health and safety, and classroom sessions held at various times during and after the placement, which provide opportunities for students to reflect on and reinforce their learning in the workplace.
Cooperative education allows students to participate in valuable learning experiences that help prepare them for the next stage of their lives, whether in apprenticeship training, college, community living, university, or the workplace.
Co-op placements are arranged for students by their school and must follow Ministry of Education policy and guidelines.

How Does Co-operative Education Work?

A company agrees to provide a placement for a student and designates an employee to supervise the learning. A scheduled interview determines the student’s acceptance. Work schedules vary: (half, full, consecutive, alternate days, or summer). Learning opportunities at the placement are linked with a student’s academic studies, education plan, and personal goals and abilities through a Personalized Placement Learning Plan. The teacher, the student and the placement supervisor work together to design the learning plan. The teacher monitors regularly to assess student progress, with supervisor’s input and to promote successful student learning. Credit(s) are awarded upon successful completion of program expectations. A student can earn 2, 3 or 4 credits in one academic year.  These credits can also count towards the 2 optional credits for graduation requirements.


Central Co-op Placements in TCDSB 

  • Students may apply and interview for placement opportunities with:
  • Hospitals
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Police Services
  • Toronto Fire Services
  • Army Reserve
  • TCDSB Facilities Department
  • Continuous In-Take Cooperative Education

 Why Take Co-op? 

  • You learn about your strengths, interests, and special skills
  • It provides you with career exploration and planning
  • It can enhance and enrich your academic experiences
  • It improves your employability skills
  • It can help you develop knowledge and skills through hands-on experience
  • It helps you develop maturity and self-confidence
  • You gain valuable work experience
  • You can develop networking opportunities
  • You earn high school credit


Responsibilities in Cooperative Education


 Student Responsibilities Include:

  • work safely and diligently
  • attend workplace as agreed
  • complete assignments required by teacher and supervisor

Supervisor Responsibilities Include:

  • interview and accept appropriate student
  • provide real work experience in a safe learning environment free from discrimination and harassment
  • ensure Health and Safety training
  • work with teacher to develop Personalized Placement Learning Plan
  • give clear instructions and supervise learning experiences
  • share expertise with student
  • assist in performance assessment

Teacher Responsibilities Include:

  • select and prepare student for co-op placement
  • match student with appropriate placement by interests/capabilities
  • complete Placement Assessment Guideline
  • support supervisor and student throughout the program
  • develop Personalized Placement Learning Plan with supervisor
  • integrate workplace experience with curriculum expectations
  • monitor student learning
  • evaluate student performance
  • assign final grade  

Are you interested?

To find out more or to get involved consult the school course calendar and speak to the cooperative education teacher or guidance counselor.

For Further Information Contact:


Sandra Pezzetta

Cooperative Education Department Head

Mary Ward CSS
416 393-5544
Cindy Burley
Guidance Department Head 
Mary Ward CSS
416 393-5544