Guidance and Career Education

Career studies/co-operative education is a career oriented program integrating classroom theory with practical workplace experience. Students work with adults who are willing to share their knowledge and experience, and to assist students with transitioning from school to the world of work. Students also learn to make informed decisions about their future education and careers.

Up to two co-operative education credits can count towards students' 18 compulsory credits for their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

Credits and Placements

  • Consists of a classroom component and a placement component.
  • School credits are awarded for successful placement experience,
  • Typically, students earn two credits for a half-day placement and four credits for a full-day placement.
  • The classroom component includes pre-placement orientation and the reflective learning integration sessions.
  • Pre-placement orientation (instruction on interviews, resumes, health and safety, legal and harassment issues) prepares students for the new experience.
  • Students reflect on what they have learned in the related course(s) and at their placement through integration sessions.

Application Process

Students must complete a Co-op application form (PDF) and an interview before being accepted.


Guidance & Career Education Courses
Grade and SubjectCourse Code(s)
Grade 10 - Career Studies

GLC2O1 - Open (1/2 credit)

Grade 11 - Peer Tutoring

GPP3O1 (1 credit)

Grade 12 - Co-Op

COP4O5 (2 credits, Sem. I)

COP4O6 (2 credits, Sem. II)

COP4O8 (2 credits)

COP4O9 (4 credits)

See the course calendar for full course descriptions.

You can also visit co-op and Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) for additional information.