Cooperative Education Courses

Cleveland State is committed to offering a quality cooperative education experience. Approximately 200 students participate fall and spring semesters in independent study co-op courses.

Cooperative education courses are offered in an independent study format so that are convenient courses for students who already have a lot of other obligations (work, family, and college). They are an excellent option for students seeking an elective and provide opportunities for real-world work experience.

Students attend an Information Session at the beginning of the semester to meet their instructor and receive information about the course syllabus, requirements, class materials and resources, and workshop opportunities.

CPE 1011—Job Search Skills (1 credit hour)

Receive assistance in making the most of a job application opportunity, developing an effective resume portfolio, learning proactive interviewing skills, and designing an individual job search strategy.

CPE 1012—Succeeding on the Job (1 credit hour)

Developing professional skills including communication, time management, problem solving, teamwork and customer service skills.

CPE 1100—Career Exploration (1 credit hours)

Developing the importance of initiative, attitude, and work ethics in the workplace.  Components of the course include a minimum of 20 hours of supervised employment shadowing and independent study bookwork. 

CPE 1010, 1020, 2010 & 2020—Cooperative Education I, II, III & IV (3 credit hours each)

Students work or volunteer in cooperative education placements related to their college major. Students develop learning objectives with their employers and work 150 hours for the semester. These courses can be taken for four semesters. Students who need assistance in locating a co-op placement need to schedule an appointment with the cooperative education director in advance.

CPE 2100 Co-op/Internship Experience (2 credit hours)

Similar to CPE 1010, this course focuses on professional development through on-the-job experience in the student’s major area of study but is designed for the student who wants a shorter-term placement.  CPE 2100 requires 100 hours of supervised employment or volunteer experience.