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We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Cooperative Education

Classification number ACD 1599.06
Framework category Academic
Approving authority Academic Council
Policy owner Vice-President, Academic and Provost
Approval date January 19, 2010
Review date To be assigned
Last updated Editorial Amendments, February 18, 2020


Cooperative education is a form of experiential education aimed at purposefully engaging learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills and clarify values (Association of Experiential Education).  This clearly aligns with the University's commitment to “provide career-oriented undergraduate and graduate university programs with a primary focus on those programs that are innovative and responsive to the needs of students and employers.” 


Cooperative Education at the University is defined as those programs that integrate three or more alternating work term periods through the course of a student’s studies.  These programs provide a significant opportunity for career exploration, development and exposure to varying work environments.  New Cooperative Education Program proposals must be developed in accordance with the University's Guidelines for New Program Submissions, and include New Course Templates for each work term. 

To be designated as a Cooperative Education Program, the following criteria must be met:

  1. Require that students have a stated minimum cumulative GPA to be eligible to participate in the program, and that the required minimum is not lower than 2.7 (B-). (Note: Applicants to the program should be selected on a competitive basis, and meeting the minimum GPA does not automatically guarantee acceptance into the program.) 

  2. Require that students have successfully have completed at least 24 credit hours to be eligible to participate in the program.

  3. Involve alternating periods of academic study with work term placements that are at least three credits and at least four months in duration (A New Course Template must be completed for each unique work term designation (e.g. Work Term I, Work Term II, Work Term III, etc.).

  4. Require the successful completion of a work term report and employer evaluation for each work term placement that receives a letter grade or pass/fail that is recorded on the transcript.

  5. Meet the accreditation requirements of the Canadian Association for Cooperative Education Accreditation Council as follows: 

    1. Each work situation is developed and/or approved by the cooperative educational institution as a suitable learning situation;

    2. The cooperative student is engaged in productive work rather than merely observing;

    3. The cooperative student receives remuneration for the work performed;

    4. The cooperative student's progress on the job is monitored by the co-operative educational institution;

    5. The cooperative student's performance on the job is supervised and evaluated by the student's co-operative employer; and

    6. The time spent in periods of work experience must be at least thirty per cent of the time spent in academic study.

  6. Require consideration of academic integrity in the selection of applicants, including the requirement that students with a major academic offence on record will be ineligible to participate in the program.  


See “Documentation Required for New Program Submissions or Major Program Revisions (

See New Course Template at: Academic~Council/Academic~Council~Committees/Appendix%20A%20CPRC.pdf