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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 Binding Policy Directive: Framework for Programs of Instruction which outlines the role and rationale for the delivery of General Education courses at all Ontario Colleges:

“The purpose of General Education in the Ontario college system is to contribute to the development of citizens who are conscious of the diversity, complexity, and richness of the human experience; who are able to establish meaning through this consciousness; and, who, as a result, are able to contribute thoughtfully, creatively, and positively to the society in which they live and work. General Education curriculum is intended to strengthen students’ generic skills, such as critical analysis, problem solving, and communication, in the context of an exploration of topics with broad-based personal and / or societal importance.”(MTCU, 2005) 

Minimum General Education Requirements

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 

Ontario College Diploma

Ontario Advanced Diploma

Minimum 1


Minimum 3

Maximum 1 Mandated



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.

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. Click here for further information and a full list of current exclusions.

Mandated General Education Courses: General Education courses which are identified and determined to be required by the Academic Faculty for students registered in a specific program(s).


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 
 Science and Technology 


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