Psychology B.A. Honours

Co-operative Education (CO-OP) Option

What is Co-operative Education?

Co-op allows you to gain applied knowledge in the workplace in a variety of settings including:

  • community agencies
  • government departments
  • the private sector.

It provides you with work experience and a more realistic understanding of career options.

In addition, it helps you to cultivate your professional skills, make contacts, and become more engaged with the planning of life after graduation. Co-op can certainly facilitate the transition from university into the workplace.

Co-op students must complete a minimum of three work terms, each of which lasts four months.

Normally, the first work term takes place during the summer of your third year at university. You will receive pay for your work, but it take you an extra year to complete your degree.

If you complete the Co-op requirements and your degree, you will earn the Co-op designation on your final transcript and degree.

The Application


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If you who wish to apply to the Co-op program, you have two options:

  1. Apply directly from high school via the Ontario University Application Center Website ( You must apply to Carleton’s B.A. with a Major in Psychology (Honours) program and select the Co-op option.
  2.  Apply by the end of their 2nd year of study at Carleton University. The application form is found on the Co-op website.

For admission to and continuation in the Co-op option, you must:

  • Register in B.A. (Honours) Psychology
  • Obtain and maintain an overall CGPA of 9.5 and a major CGPA of 9.5
  • Achieve 2nd year standing
  • Successfully complete PSYC 2001 and PSYC 2002 by the start of the first work term
  • Maintain full-time status in each study term
  • Successfully complete COOP 1000 [0.0]
  • Be eligible to work in Canada (for off-campus jobs)

More information on these requirements may be found on the Co-op – Undergrad Calendar page. Please note that Co-op and Career Services regularly monitors your progress in the program. 

 Locating a CO-OP position with an employer

It is your responsibility to secure employment for Co-op and there are no assurances that a position will be found.

Nonetheless, if you have a clear plan, enthusiasm, and a sense of initiative will have a competitive edge in obtaining Co-op employment. You will have access to a database that includes job postings from employers that the Department of Psychology provided to the Co-op and Career Services Office, as well as, other employers identified by other units that pertain to the field of psychology.

The present list of potential employers for psychology include:

  • CHEO
  • Halogen Software
  • Orbis Partners
  • Human Resources Carleton University
  • Correctional Service of Canada
  • Canadian Wildlife Federation
  • Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.

You are welcome to propose employment opportunities that do not appear in the database. The Carleton University Co-op Program office will assist you with job searches, which are normally conducted during the term immediately prior to the work term.

COOP 1000

Before you can start a work term, you must complete the online course COOP 1000.

Usually, this course is completed during either the fall of 3rd-year (if the first work term is summer of 3rd-year) or the winter of 3rd-year (if the first work term is fall of 4th-year). COOP 1000 is a six-module, 8-week, online course designed to assist you in developing a variety of employability skills including:

  • resume writing
  • cover letter writing
  • job interview preparation
  • job searching.

You will have access to this course a minimum of two terms prior to their first work term and will be notified by Co-op when to register. For more information about this course, access the COOP 1000 page .

For additional questions about the CO-OP program

Department of Psychology

Co-op Faculty advisor Matthew Sorley

Co-op student advisor for psychology Kevin Chaves