Co-operative Education

Cooperative Education is a ministry apporved 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 llimit 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.


Co-op students have the opportunity to:

  • Experince 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 resume for post secondary programs and future employment


Placements for students will be arranged by the school and must be assessed by a teacher before the student is assigned to the placement to ensure that it offers a positive learning environment in a safe workplace.

Central Placements

  • Healthcare
  • Business and Finanace
  • Police Services
  • Canadian Armed Forces
  • Construction
  • Trades

Co-op Opportunities at Laurier

We offer:

  • 2 credit co-op
  • 4 credit co-op

Co-op at Laurier connects to the following specialized programs:

  • Specialist High Skills Major in Hospitality and Tourism
  • Specialist High Skills Major in Business
  • Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program
  • Dual Credits with Colleges


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