Cooperative education provides students with
professional preparation that complements classroom training by
integrating theory with practice. In the process, employers gain
creative, eager to learn para-professional employees and academic
disciplines acquire new curriculum ideas from the world of work
through co-op students and their faculty co-op advisors.
What is a Co-op?
A co-op position is:
- Multiple semesters - minimum of two, usually three
semesters. May be alternating or parallel.
Alternating - Student alternates semesters of
full-time work with full-time study. Alternating students
maintain their full-time student status while working.
Students may take classes during their working term if their
work schedule allows.
Parallel - Student works part-time while
enrolled in classes full-time.
- Credit-worthy experience - Course credit is given for the
learning, not the work. Thus experience must be related to
the student's major of study and future career goals.
Future terms must build on experience gained from the first term
with increased responsibilities and increased opportunity for
How to Participate
Students must arrange co-op credit through their
Employers may post co-op positions with the
Career Center by logging in to
Below are forms from when the MTSU Cooperative
Education Program was centralized in one office. These are provided
as a resource to academic departments who may want to create their
- Faculty Co-op Advisor Forms
Co-op Full Time Form
This form is to be completed by the Faculty Adviser
on all full-time (alternating) co-op students and sent to
the Records Office. It is confirmation for the
purpose of certifying enrollment in special MTSU approved
programs to defer repayment of financial aid or to
distribute financial aid.
Student Final Report Outline
Time and Attendance Log
- Employer Co-op Advisor Forms
Student Co-op Forms
The following are sample forms from other
institutions that have been modified slightly for possible use at
MTSU (logos, terminology etc.). These are provided as a
resource to academic departments who may want to create their own
Other Cooperative Education