University Cooperative Education Program (UCEP)
The Waterloo Catholic District School Board offers the University Cooperative Education Program (UCEP) in partnership with St. Jerome’s University, the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.
This program provides students who have achieved high academic success an opportunity to experience university life before leaving secondary school. It is offered during the 1st semester to students who are in their fourth or fifth year.
In this program, students are able to:
- Earn one or two Gr. 12 secondary school credits, taught by secondary school teachers, at the university campus. Courses offered are dependent on student enrolment and include: Religion (HRE4M), English (ENG4U), and Calculus & Vectors (MCV4U). E-learning course options are also available (e.g., Writer’s Craft (EWC4U).
- In consultation with UCEP staff, students apply for part-time study at university for a .5 credit university course. Note: acceptance into a university course by the university registrar is based on a student’s grade 11 or 12 course average.
- Earn two Co-op credits through completing project or research work with a professor or supervisor at one of the universities.
For more information, please see your Guidance Counselor and consult the UCEP Fact Sheet.
UCEP enables students to:
- experience a transitional program from secondary school to university
- explore an area of study in a university environment and plan future educational paths
- establish a wealth of knowledge beneficial for future academic endeavours (post-secondary studies, university applications, scholarships)
- enhance personal growth and life skills (time management, communication, teamwork and employability skills)
Students are responsible for tuition and text book costs.
UCEP students are considered part-time university students and therefore have all of the same privileges and responsibilities. To be successful in this program, students need to be independent and self-motivated.
Students are placed with a supervisor or professor at one of the universities. They assist in a project and research work in an area of interest to them. (2 credits)
Grade 12 Courses
Students take one or two Grade 12 courses, taught by WCDSB teachers, at the university campus. Courses offered are dependent on student enrolment and may include: Math, English, Religion
In consultation with UCEP staff, students apply for part-time study at university for a .5 credit course. Acceptance by the university registrar is based on the student’s grade average and completed pre-requisite courses. Students are responsible for tuition costs and related expenses.