Experiential Learning:

“In its simplest form, experiential learning means learning from experience or learning by doing. Experiential education first immerses learners in an experience and then encourages reflection about the experience to develop new skills, new attitudes, or new ways of thinking.”

The IEC's mission statement supports this important Ontario initiative in education.  


Ministry of Education

To better understand the educational goals related to experiential learning from the Ministry of Education in Ontario, visit:



Learning Beyond the Classroom

Today's students need learning that goes beyond the classroom. Experiential learning programs expand students' learning by helping them:

  • understand more about the industries they may want to pursue in the future

  • get exposed to career options in industries they may not have known about or even considered

  • develop essential workplace skills

  • see how their in-class learning can be applied in the workplace

  • make more informed decisions about their education and career path so they make a successful transition into the job market.

Giving students the chance to explore different career options and build their skills will help them prepare for the jobs of tomorrow.


How Students Can Learn Beyond the Classroom

Students can learn about the world of work by exploring different careers and industries through:

  • workplace tours

  • job shadowing

  • mentoring

  • cooperative education

  • school-work transitions

  • Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program


Co-op Policy for Ontario

"Cooperative Education and Other Forms of Experiential Learning, Policies and Procedures for Ontario Secondary Schools, 2000" is the current Ministry policy document outlining details of the experiential learning programs in Ontario. Follow this link to view the document. It is currently being revised by Ministry staff and will be posted here when it becomes policy.      



Ontario Cooperative Education Association (OCEA)     


"Facilitating and supporting the exchange of ideas among Experiential Learning Professionals”

The Ontario Cooperative Education Association (OCEA) is a not-for-profit professional organization of Ontario Cooperative Education and Experiential Learning Professionals. It strives to provide the leadership and vision needed for optimal professional development of its members. The Association also develops and facilitates access to information, resources and other supports relevant to OCEA members and other Experiential Learning Professionals in the province of Ontario, while supporting excellence in the education of all students in Ontario.


Post Secondary School Policy

For "Ontario's Differentiation Policy for Framework for Post Secondary Education, 2013", follow: