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Co-op How To

Cooperative Education -- Steps to Getting Started

The Cooperative Education Program provides you with an opportunity to earn upper division academic credits that will count towards your graduation requirements, all while working with an agency that reflects your academic interest. This work may be paid or unpaid and can be completed at your current place of employment or at a site that you secure through our assistance.

The following information represents a guide to help you get started in your Cooperative Education experience:

First Step: Contact my office to make an appointment if you do not have an established position or need to determine if your current site would qualify as a relevant co-op site. My office is located on the ground floor of Gardiner Hall in room G25. Appointments can be made by calling (304) 876-5477 or by email at

Step Two: Complete a Co-op Application and Learning Agreement, if you have already secured a co-op position. Both of these documents can be obtained at the following link

The Learning Agreement is the most important document as it serves as the contract between you, your co-op site and the department that is awarding the credits. The learning agreement is used to establish your learning objectives that you hope to achieve. This document is also used to discuss what responsibilities you will have at the co-op site in question. Feel free to contact my office or your prospective co-op faculty supervisor for assistance with completing this document.

Step Three: Return all forms to my office so that I can grant you permission to register for the class. You still will need to physically go on the RAIL and register for the correct co-op class. You should be sure to register for the correct number of credits when you log on to RAIL.

Step Four: Upon registering for the class, you must pay your bill in a timely fashion. You have the first four week of each semester to take care of all of these steps.

If You Miss the Deadline

You will need to complete an Admissions and Credits Petition Form if you miss the registration deadline.

Time to Register

You can start the process of enrolling in the Cooperative Education Program at any time prior to the start of the semester, in order to avoid any delays in registering once classes start.

Feel free to contact me at 304 876-5477 or at if you have any questions.


Cooperative Education | P.O. Box 5000 | Shepherdstown, West Virginia | 25443-5000 | 304-876-5477 | 800-344-5231