Everyone enrolled in Honours Psychology 'Departmental' Co-op as well as Honours Psychology and Arts and Business Co-op are required to successfully complete a minimum of 4 work terms. Each work term must be classified by the Co-operative Education and Career Action Department (CECA) as successfully completed.
Those in the co-op system of study are required to maintain full-time registration and follow the academic and work term sequence prescribed for their program (see responsibilities of co-op students).
Prescribed academic versus work term sequence
Legend for the chart below:
- Fall term = F
- Winter term = W
- Spring term = S
- Work term = WT
- Year/level of school terms 1 through 8 = 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, etc
Work study sequence for Honours Psych Departmental Co-op (BA or BSc):
|1A||1B||2A||2B||WT 1||3A||WT 2||3B||WT 3||4A||WT 4||4B|
Departmental co-op students have a maximum of 4 work terms.
Work study sequence for Honours Psych and Arts and Business Co-op:
|1A||1B||2A||WT 1||2B||WT 2||3A||WT 3||3B||WT 4||WT 5||4A||4B|
Arts and Business co-op students will have 5 work terms.
- See warnings to Psychology Co-op students about 'fast tracking' (i.e., accelerated course completion).
- In addition to tuition fees, co-op fees will be charged for each full-time school term beginning the 2B term. See the Finance website for the fee schedules.
Although every effort is made by the Co-operative Education and Career Action (CECA) Department to find a sufficient number of work term positions for all co-op students, no guarantee of employment can be made. The employment process is competitive and academic performance, skills, motivation, maturity, and attitude will determine whether a student is offered a co-op position.
Those who are not prepared to be flexible regarding the types of positions and/or locations of the co-op positions are closing doors to valuable opportunities and possibly are better suited for the regular system of study instead of co-op.
Steps to get hired, search and apply to jobs, employer information sessions, etc.
Normally co-op students are committed to returning for a second work term to the same employer if requested to do so by the employer so they can be given progressively greater responsibility. However, employers are not obligated to hire students back for a second work term.
According to the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE), all work terms and work-term report requirements must be completed before the final school term (4B).