Cooperative Education and Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)

Grades 10 – 12:

Registration for Summer School Co-op is now CLOSED. 


This summer, Cooperative Education and SHSM Cooperative Education courses will be available in Summer 2022. DDSB students can register via MyBlueprint starting April 6, 2022. All other interested students may register on-line at www.dce.cabeginning on April 6, 2022, at 12:00 PM (EST). 

Durham Continuing Education reserves the right to revise, limit or cancel programming because of the COVID-19 pandemic and other circumstances. 

This program is recommended for secondary students who wish to gain up to two credits through experiential learning. This program combines online – real time instruction via Google Classroom with on-site practical work experience. Students can explore future careers or fulfil co-op requirements for Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs. Students are required to find their own cooperative work placements within Durham Region before June 24, 2022, 11:59 AM (EST).For students currently in a secondary school, it is NOT the responsibility of the home school to assist with securing cooperative work placements. For students not currently attending a DDSB school, it is not up to Durham Continuing Education to assist with securing cooperative work placements. Up to two credits will be granted upon successful completion of the course.  


For adult students (18 years of age and older) who currently have paid employment, please explore our Co-op Works program. 

This program is not open to grade 8 students reaching ahead – students must have completed at least one year of secondary education to be eligible. 


To submit details regarding your placement, please use the following form

Bus Schedule
Will not be provided to or from placements.
Course Descriptions
Cooperative Education 
This program is recommended for students who wish to explore an area of interest for post-secondary destination. Successful students in this program will receive one cooperative education credit one in-class credit (GLN4O1) – Navigating the Future. Students must attend all on-line class days and all scheduled on-site work experience dates. Due to the compressed timeframe, absences may result in forfeiture of the cooperative education credit.  
Specialist High Skills Major Cooperative Education 

Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Cooperative Education. The program is designed for students who have identified an area of interest and are registered in a Specialist High Skills Major program at their home school. Student placements MUST be related to the SHSM in which they are enrolled. Successful students in this program will receive two (2) cooperative education credits linked to their SHSM program. Students must complete a combination of on-line class and on-site hours. Due to the compressed timeframe, absences may result in forfeiture of one or both cooperative education credit(s). 

Course Dates and Times

The two-credit cooperative education begins on July 6, 2022, and ends on August 10, 2022.

In-class hours: 8:30 am - 2:15 pm.  Placement hours are to be determined.

Co-op - schedule of important dates

SHSM - schedule of important dates

Course Information and Registration Forms

Course cancellation information

Employer information sheet

List of courses

Program information

Placement Information Form

Student requirements to participate in Co-op program

Summer School Code of Conduct 

Registration Deadline
June 24, 2022. - Registration for Summer School Coop is now CLOSED. 

*Note: Placements must be approved prior to the start of summer school. The Durham District School Board and Durham Continuing Education reserve the right to refuse placements if the Co-operative Education Teacher deems the placement unsafe or unsuitable for the cooperative education program. Students cannot be supervised by family members at a cooperative education placement. Please visit for further information.