Guidance and Career Education

Guidance and Career Education

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CodeCoure NameGradeTypePrerequisite
GLS1OLearning Strategies 1: Skills for Success in Secondary School9OpenNone
GLE1OLearning Strategies 1: Skills for Success in Secondary School9OpenRecommendation of principal
GLE2OLearning Strategies 1: Skills for Success in Secondary School10OpenRecommendation of principal
GLC2OCareer Studies10OpenNone
GLD2ODiscovering the Workplace10OpenNone
GWL3ODesigning Your Future11OpenNone
GPP3OLeadership and Peer Support11OpenNone
GLS4OAdvanced Learning Strategies: Skills for Success After Secondary School12OpenNone
GLE4OAdvanced Learning Strategies: Skills for Success After Secondary School12OpenRecommendation of principal
GLN4ONavigating the Workplace12OpenNone

Course descriptions

GLS1O/GLE1O/GLE2O – Learning Strategies 1: Skills for Success in Secondary School

1 credit, Open, Prerequisite for GLE1O, GLE2O recommendation of principal, GLS1O none

This course focuses on learning strategies to help students become better, more independent learners. Students will learn how to develop and apply literacy and numeracy skills, personal management skills and interpersonal and teamwork skills to improve their learning and achievement in school, the workplace and the community. The course helps students build confidence and motivation to pursue opportunities for success in secondary school and beyond.


GLC2O – Career Studies

0.5 credit, Open, Prerequisite: None

This course gives students the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge, and habits that will support them in their education and career/life planning. Students will learn about global work trends, and seek opportunities within the school and community to expand and strengthen their transferable skills and their ability to adapt to the changing world of work. On the basis of exploration, reflective practice, and decision-making processes, students will make connections between their skills, interests, and values and their postsecondary options, whether in apprenticeship training, college, community living, university, or the workplace. They will set goals and create a plan for their first postsecondary year. As part of their preparation for the future, they will learn about personal financial management – including the variety of saving and borrowing tools available to them and how to use them to their advantage – and develop a budget for their first year after secondary school.


GLD2O – Discovering the Workplace

1 credit, Open, Prerequisite: None

This course provides students with opportunities to discover and develop the workplace essential skills and work habits required to be successfully employed and helps students make plans for continued learning and work. Students will develop an understanding of work through practical hands-on experiences in the school and in the community, using real workplace materials. They will investigate occupations of interest through experiential learning opportunities, such as worksite visits, job shadowing, work experience, simulations and entrepreneurial projects.


GWL3O – Designing Your Future

1 credit, Open, Prerequisite: None

This course prepares students to make successful transitions to post-secondary destinations as they investigate specific post-secondary options based on their skills, interests and personal characteristics. Students will explore the realities and opportunities of the workplace and examine factors that affect success, while refining their job search and employability skills. Students will develop their portfolios with a focus on their targeted destination and develop an action plan for future success.


GPP3O – Leadership and Peer Support

1 credit, Open, Prerequisite: None

This course prepares students to act in leadership and peer support roles. They will design and implement a plan for contributing to their school and/or community; develop skills in communica­tion, interpersonal relations, teamwork and conflict management; and apply those skills in leadership and/or peer support roles – for example, as a student council member or a peer tutor. Students will examine group dynamics and learn the value of diversity within groups and communities.


GLS4O/GLE4O – Advanced Learning Strategies: Skills for Success After Secondary School

1 credit, Open, Prerequisite for GLS4O, none. Prerequisite for GLE4O recommendation of principal

This course improves students’ learning and personal management skills, preparing them to make successful transitions to work, training and/or post-secondary education destinations. Students will assess their learning abilities and use literacy, numeracy and research skills and personal management techniques to maximize their learning. Students will investigate trends and resources to support their post-secondary employment, training and/or education choices and develop a plan to help them meet their learning and career goals.


GLN4O – Navigating the Workplace

1 credit, Open, Prerequisite: None

This course provides students with workplace opportunities to develop the essential skills and work habits required for success in all types of workplaces. Students will explore occupations and careers of interest through participation in real workplace experiences. They will make plans for continued learning and work, work with others to design learning experiences and investigate the resources and support required to make a smooth transition to their post-secondary destination.

Cooperative Education

Students apply to take a cooperative education course during the course selection process. (GWL30S – 1 credit co-op / GWL30D – 2 credit co-op / GWL30T – 3 credit co-op / GWL30Q – 4 credit co-op) The application process is followed by an interview to support the student’s readiness for the program. Prior to placement, the student attends structured orientation and pre-placement sessions as part of the classroom component of the cooperative education program.

In collaboration with students, subject teachers and placement supervisors, cooperative education teachers prepare learning plans, which include a description of the curricular knowledge and skills and the employability skills that students will demonstrate at their placements. All placements for cooperative education, work experience or school-work transition programs must be arranged by the school. Cooperative education courses involve a partnership between education and community businesses and organizations. A maximum of two credits in Cooperative Education can count as compulsory credits towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Students may obtain 1-4 credits within a semester.


Cooperative Education linked to a related course

Prerequisite: None

This course consists of a community-connected experience and a cooperative education curriculum that incorporates relevant expectations from the student’s related course (or courses). Students will develop skills, knowledge, and habits of mind that will support them in their learning at school and beyond, today and in the future, as well as in their education and career/life planning. Within the context of the community-connected experience, students will apply, extend, and refine skills and knowledge acquired in their related course or courses and will apply skills, knowledge, and habits of mind that will protect and promote their health, safety, and well-being. They will create and implement a learning plan that meets their particular interests and needs, reflect on their learning, and make connections between their experience in the community and other aspects of their lives.

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) allows students to begin an apprenticeship-training program while still in high school. For further information on this program, contact the Cooperative Education Department at your school.