Whilst on placement, you are a visitor to the site, and a representative of UniSA. High levels of professionalism are expected of you. All placements will be managed via InPlace.
You can access InPlace once you have enrolled in a Professional Experience Course via the following link: https://unisa-signon.inplace.com.au/
There are very stringent requirements that you need to meet in order to be eligible for placement. There are critical time lines associated with these requirements. To identify the specific requirements for your course, Click here
It is your responsibility to manage these requirements by uploading the relevant documents as advised.
Your Professional Experience placement site will not be released to you until your requirements have been met. Failure to meet these requirements by the due dates as advised by the Professional Experience Office could result in you being told to withdraw from the course or a fail grade recorded for Professional Experience.
The deadline for completing these requirements for each placement will be communicated by the Professional Experience Office.
There are FIVE pre-requisites requirements:
- Professional Experience Placement Agreement form
- Criminal History Screen (CHS)
- Responding to Abuse and Neglect- Education and Care Foundation Training (RAN-EC)
- Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANtite)
- First Aid training (for Early Childhood Education Preservice Teachers only)
Professional Experience Placement Agreement form
Preservice Teachers must complete the Placement Agreement form prior to their first UniSA placement. This covers you for all future placements throughout your Education degree.
Please ensure that you read carefully and understand each of the points outlined on the form. In signing, you are confirming that you understand and agree to comply with these points
Professional Experience Placement Agreement form
Criminal History Screening (DCSI CHS)
It is a requirement that all adults working in education and care sites have a current Child Related Employment Screening from the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) to ensure that our education and care settings are safe places for children and young people. Within UniSA this is referred to as a Criminal History Screening but this is not the same as a Police Check from SA Police (SAPOL).
Your clearance will be valid for three years from the date of issue.
Your criminal history screening must be completed prior to being accepted for a placement and can take from 6-8 weeks to be processed. Strict confidentiality is maintained during the DCSI clearance process. As the screening process is undertaken by DCSI, the University has no influence over the timeline or outcome of the screening application.
If you fail to obtain a clearance for any reason the University is not able to allow you to undertake a Professional Experience placement or any other professional experience activity which requires contact with children and young people that you may require to complete your course of study. Ultimately, if you cannot undertake a Professional Experience placement or any other professional experience activity which is a compulsory part of your program, you cannot graduate with an Education Degree from UniSA.
For any questions relating to Criminal History Screening, please contact the Professional Experience Office Team on CHS@unisa.edu.au
What you need to do
Responding to Abuse and Neglect
In South Australia child protection legislation and policy require all organisations to establish and promote child safe environments. Mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect training is required of all individuals working with children and young people.
All education Preservice Teachers enrolled in programs in the School of Education and who are completing any in-school or site (i.e. preschools and childcare settings) observations, activities or professional experience placements, MUST undertake mandatory training in Responding to Abuse and Neglect (RAN) prior to the commencement of the activities or placements.
See below for the details that relate to your degree and level of study as there are differences for undergraduate and post graduate students. It is your responsibility to read and comply with these requirements - failure to do will mean that you cannot undertake a placement or other course activities in education settings.
Requirements for 1st year undergraduate students Introduction to RAN: Promoting Safety and Wellbeing Induction for Tertiary Students
• All undergraduate Preservice Teachers undertaking professional experience placements in South Australian government and non-government schools and preschools MUST provide documented evidence (i.e. a certificate) that shows they have completed all of the following training:
• Complete the online training called Introduction to MC RAN: Promoting Safety and Well-being: Induction for Tertiary Students
• Attend a follow-up workshop to discuss and debrief the online training: (Please note: the follow-up discussion will be included in the course content in EDUC 1081. It is your responsibility to participate, attend and complete the quiz to get the certificate).
• Successfully completed the Promoting safety and wellbeing induction for tertiary students working with children and young people in education and care sites quiz gaining 100% accuracy.
• Download a copy of the RAN Safety and Wellbeing Induction handout
• Download and familiarise yourself with a copy of Protective practices for staff in their interactions with children and young people: Guidelines for staff working or volunteering in education and care settings 2017
• The certificate MUST be taken with you on all placements as evidence of completing these requirements. Failure to do so will mean that you will be asked to leave the school or site and will be unable to do the placement. PLEASE NOTE that the certificate is current for a three year period.
Requirements for full day RAN training: undergraduate students
• Once your 3 year Introduction to RAN certificate has expired and prior to the commencement of the final professional experience placement, all undergraduate students must complete a full day (7 hour) course called Responding to Abuse and Neglect from one of these providers only.
• Please note: there is a cost for undertaking this course. You are required to pay this cost to the training service provider.
• It is the student's responsibility to contact one of these providers and complete the training prior to the commencement of your final professional experience placement. Please arrange this early to ensure you complete the course prior to placement as courses fill quickly. Training undertaken by an alternative provider is not acceptable.
• You MUST take the certificate with you on placement as evidence of completing this course. Failure to do so will mean that you cannot undertake your professional experience placement.
Requirements for postgraduate students and any other program that requires a student to attend a school or site for a formal or informal placement of any type).
• Prior to the commencement of the first professional experience placement, all postgraduate and international students must complete a full day course called Responding to Abuse and Neglect from one of these providers only:
• This full day course Responding to Abuse and Neglect satisfies the South Australian teacher registration requirements for provisional registration. Requirements for post graduate students, i.e. students studying a Master of Teaching, a Graduate Certificate (TESOL), Graduate Diploma and any other program that requires a student to attend a school or site for a formal or informal placement of any type
• It is the student's responsibility to contact one of these providers and complete the training prior to the commencement of the professional experience placement. Please arrange this early to ensure you complete the course prior to placement as courses fill quickly. Training undertaken by an alternative provider is not acceptable. You MUST take the certificate with you on placement as evidence of completing this course. Failure to do so will mean that you cannot undertake your professional experience placement.
• This full day course Responding to Abuse and Neglect satisfies the South Australian teacher registration requirements for provisional registration.
• For more information go to: http://www.decd.sa.gov.au/docs/documents/1/CSEReptAbuseNegCse.pdf
What happens if I have completed the 7 hour Responding to Abuse and Neglect – Education and Care (RAN-EC) training but it expires before I finish my degree?
All pre-service teachers must have completed a full day’s face-to-face RAN-Education and Care Training through one of the provides listed below before entering professional experience placements. This is the only training course accepted by DECD and schools and must include a Valid Expiry date for the duration of the placement.
If you have completed the full day training course Responding to Abuse and Neglect –Education and Care Course between 2012-14,but it expires before the end of your studies then you are eligible to complete an online refresher course.
To access the online refresher course go to https://www.decd.sa.gov.au/working-decd/ran-ec-training/ran-ec-2015-2017-online-update-training
- 1. Click on Register
- 2. Enter your registration details
- 3. Unless you have an Employee or Teacher Registration ID, leave it blank
- 4. Under the Groups drop-down, click Other
- 5. Under the Status drop-down, click Not currently employed at a site
- 6. Once you have successful completed the online training, ensure you Save and Print your certificate
- 7. Scan and email a copy of your certificate to EDS-PracticumOffice@unisa.edu.au
You will need to present both your original 7 hour RAN certificate and any online refresher certificates that are valid to your allocated site prior to (or on) your first visit day. You will be refused entry into the classroom if you are not able to present the required documentation and this may result in your placement being cancelled.
Please note: Completion of a full day face-to-face RAN-Education and Care Training is a requirement of your registration as a teacher with the Teachers' Registration Board.
Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANtite)
The Federal Government has implemented Literacy and Numeracy Testing for all Preservice Teachers in Initial Teacher Education programs and all students will be required to meet the required standard in the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) prior to graduation. All students who complete their program as of the 1 January 2019 and beyond will be required to meet these standards.
Further information can be found here: unisa.edu.au/eds-requirements.
As part of the University's duty of care, we wish to see you all succeed in these tests, and offer support (if required) to do so.
FOR FIRST YEAR STUDENTS:
As a First year student you will be required to undertake both a Literacy and Numeracy Self evaluations quiz. These are separate to the LANTITE testing.
Links to the quizzes will be available on your program pages and on your professional experience course pages. You must complete and submit both quizzes before you can undertake your first placement.
Following completion of your self-evaluations, an email will be sent to offer you literacy and/or numeracy support (where relevant and applicable). Support will consist of online resources and, in some cases, face-to-face workshops. It is strongly recommended that you take up this support to help you improve your literacy and numeracy skills.
First aid training (for Early Childhood Education Preservice Teachers only)
Preservice Teachers enrolled in the Early Childhood strand must complete and provide evidence of completion of Basic Emergency Life Support (DECD) or Applied First Aid before commencing the course EDUC 1044 Professional Experience 1 Birth - Three Years if they are an Undergraduate student or EDUC 5186 Professional Experience and Reflection 1: Introduction to Early Childhood Educators' Practices if they are a Masters student.
It is your responsibility to register for training at any Registered Training Organisation that facilitates First Aid Training.
First Aid Training Adelaide CBD also offer ECD Basic Emergency Life Support (BELS) First Aid training every day of the week. Register online at their website.