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General Education at Sheridan

General Education at Sheridan

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities’ (MTCU) Binding Policy Directive: Framework for Programs of Instruction 2005 requires that colleges develop, incorporate and deliver General Education courses in all Ontario College Certificates,Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas. Sheridan’s General Education Policy is aligned to MTCU’s directive which outlines the role and rationale for the delivery of General Education courses at all Ontario Colleges:

Sheridan requires the following minimum number of General Education courses for each credential level in order to ensure compliance with the MTCU Binding Policy Directive: Framework for Programs of Instruction. Locally approved Recognition of Achievement and Sheridan Certificates in addition to Postgraduate Certificates do not have mandated General Education requirements.

Ontario College Certificate: Minimum 1

Ontario College Diploma: Minimum 3 / Maximum 1 Mandated

Ontario Advanced Diploma: Minimum 4 / Maximum 2 Mandated 

At Sheridan, there are two general types of General Education Courses: Open General Education Courses (General Education courses which are chosen by students outside of their field of study to meet their General Education requirements) and (Mandated General Education Course (General Education courses which are identified and determined to be required by the Academic Faculty for students registered in a specific program(s).

NOTE: When an Open General Education course overlaps or duplicates content covered in a specific Program of Study offered at Sheridan, the course may be named a Course Exclusion by the Program area. 

Sheridan offers a variety of General Education courses that focus on one of five themes: Arts in Society, Civil Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, and Science and Technology.