What is cooperative education? Cooperative education (co-op) is the practice of alternating students' studies with paid, professional work related to their major. Typically, a student will work full-time for a semester, return to school for the next semester then repeat the cycle again for at least one more year.
The basis of cooperative education has been the integration of theory learned in the classroom with practice on the co-op work assignment. Cooperative education opportunities are more common in fields such as engineering, computer science, and architecture and design but are not limited to those disciplines.
The UTSA Career Center Office, in collaboration with individual colleges, is in the development phase of creating programming to provide cooperative education opportunities for UTSA students to better prepare them for the workplace. In fact, some departments already offer this option to their students as a component of their curriculum.