Professional Experience Placement Overview

Professional Experience courses differ from most of your other courses in that it includes course work on campus as well as some of your learning time at educational sites on placement. Placement provides you with exciting opportunities to learn from expert educators, as well as from students. Placement is very important in helping you make connections between what you are learning on campus and what happens 'in the field'. Depending on your program, placement can take place in a variety of care and school settings, including in rural and remote locations. There are other criterion-based opportunities for a small number of Preservice Teachers (PSTs) to undertake including international placement and internships.

Each Professional Experience course in each program has a course name and code as well as a particular focus. These are identified in the table below together with the corresponding number of placement days. You should already be enrolled in the relevant course as outlined on your study plan. (Please note: whilst external mode is available for the MBET program, this is not available for LBSY program. In addition, we recommend that where possible, you enrol in on-campus classes for Professional Experience course work.)

Placement enables first-hand experience of the teaching profession. You will develop an understanding of the community context of teaching and of different teacher roles, as you put into practice what you are learning in your university course work and what you learn on placement from your Supervising Teacher/s. You will gradually become more involved with all aspects of teaching, including planning, teaching and evaluating learning experiences, preparing learning materials, addressing student needs, maintaining appropriate behaviour and engaging with extra-curricular activities. You will experience the professional community of teachers; undertaking yard duty, attending staff meetings and Professional Development where appropriate.

In order to go on placement, it is very important that you are adequately prepared. This is to ensure that you comprehensively understand all aspects of placement and gain maximum benefit from this valuable learning experience. In addition, the school communities at which you undertake placement are deserving of appropriately prepared PSTs.

Professional Experience is a full-time continuous commitment.

  • Undergraduate students undertake a total of 80 days of placement spread over four placements. (Please note: Early Childhood students will undertake an additional 20 days in a birth – 3 setting, bringing their total days of placement to 100)
  • Postgraduate students undertake 60 days of professional experience spread across two placements. (Please note: Early Childhood students will undertake an additional 20 days in a birth – 3 setting, bringing their total days of placement to 80)

In the lead up to undertaking each professional experience placement there are a number of pre-requisites and requirements that you need to satisfy before an appropriate placement site will be allocated to you. These requirements are detailed in the Pre-requisites Requirements section. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have met the pre-requisite requirements by the deadline dates, as advised by the Professional Experience Office team.

The forms that you are required to complete, relevant URL links, resources you may need, the key dates and contacts are detailed in the sections below.

Please read the information carefully to ensure that you understand the requirements. The answers to many questions you may have about your placement can be found in these sections.

  • Bachelor of Education (MBET) Early Childhood (ECE), Primary, Primary/Middle and Bachelor of Education (LBSY) Secondary Design and Technology and Secondary Food and Textiles Technologies

    • Code Course Name Focus Days in sites
      EDUC 1081 Professional Experience 1 Introduction to Educators Practices 10 days - whole school experience
      EDUC 1044 Professional Experience: Birth to 3 (Early Childhood only) Birth to three years 20 days (ECE)
      EDUC 2062 Professional Experience 2 Curriculum and Pedagogy 20 days
      EDUC 3061 Professional Experience 3 Assessment and Reporting 25 days
      EDUC 4206 Professional Experience 4 Teacher as Inquirer 25 days

      PLEASE NOTE: EDUC 1044 is only undertaken by Preservice Teachers in the Early Childhood specialisation.

      New Programs commencing 2018

  • Master of Teaching (MMET) Early Childhood

    • Code Course Name Focus Days in sites
      EDUC 5255 Early Childhood Professional Experience and Reflection 1 (Junior Primary A) Introduction to Educators Practices 15 days Junior Primary
      EDUC 5186 Early Childhood Professional Experience and Reflection 2 (Infants and Toddlers) Introduction to Early Childhood Educators Practices 20 days Childcare
      EDUC 5256 Early Childhood Professional Experience and Reflection 3 (Junior Primary B) Early Childhood Teacher as Inquirer 20 days Junior Primary
      EDUC 5257 Early Childhood Professional Experience and Reflection 4 (Preschool) Early Childhood Educator's Work 25 days Preschool

      PLEASE NOTE: EDUC 1044 is only undertaken by Preservice Teachers in the Early Childhood specialisation.

  • Master of Teaching (MMET) Primary, Primary/Middle, Secondary

    • Code Course Name Focus Days in sites
      EDUC 5271 Reflexive Practice and Professional Experience 1 Introduction to Educators Practices 27 days
      EDUC 5222 Reflexive Practice and Professional Experience 2 Teachers Work 33 days

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