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Co-op is optional for students studying the following graduate-level programs within the Curriculum and Instruction & Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies departments:

  • Educational Psychology (MEd. MA and PhD)
  • Educational Studies (MA and PhD)
  • Leadership Studies (MEd, MA and PhD)

Office & contacts

Our regular business hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Offices: McKinnon 112 and 113

Co-op coordinator
Natalie Haddow 
McKinnon 113

Co-op assistant
Tammy Doyle
McKinnon 112

Program facts

  • graduate level, optional co-op
  • 2 work terms required for master's students
  • 3 work terms required for doctoral students


Co-op students pay a co-op work term fee for each work term. It's free to join co-op and attend the preparation course—you'll pay your work term fee after you secure a co-op work term.

Work term fees per work term for graduate students:

  • $776.20 for domestic students
  • $976.27 for international students

Note that the graduate co-op work term fee is different than the graduate installment fee. If you are a grad student and register for a co-op work term, during that term, you'll pay:

  • the grad co-op work term fee  
  • the grad ancillary fees

If you register for a course (e.g. thesis 596 or 598) and a co-op work term in the same term, during that term, you'll pay:

  • the grad co-op work term fee
  • the grad installment fee
  • the grad ancillary fees 

Questions about co-op tuition fees? Email us or call 250-721-7032 for assistance.

Average salaries

You'll receive a salary from your employer during each co-op work term. Co-op salaries vary according to many factors, including:

  • your previous work experience
  • the industry you're working in
  • the responsibilities of your co-op job

Here is an average monthly salary for a work term:

  • education graduate student: $3,847.97

View salary estimates for all programs.

Work terms

Co-op work terms begin in January, May and September and are typically 4 months long.

  • master's students: 2 work terms
  • PhD students: 3 work terms

Learn more about:

Sample employers & jobs

You could work for:

  • government ministries responsible for education (K-12 and post-secondary)
  • adult education associations and professional organizations

Other options:

  • connect with your co-op coordinator to arrange funding for a job specific to your area of research
  • if you’re already working closely with a faculty member or industry partner on a joint endeavor that’s contributing to your graduate research project, you can count this as co-op work term
    • this arrangement would be at the discretion of your school or department through consultation with your co-op coordinator and graduate adviser

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Get support

We're here to support you with every step in your co-op journey, from applying to co-op to making sure you're supported at work. Contact your co-op coordinator or office for assistance.

If you identify as having a disability or a mental health condition, if you belong to an equity group, or if you identify as Indigenous, we have additional supports for your co-op experience.