Pre-requisites and Requirements

Pre-requisites and Requirements

At the heart of the teaching profession in South Australia is a commitment to the education, learning, protection and wellbeing of learners, that is aligned with the Teacher’s Registration Board of South Australia Code of Ethics.

During your placement you are representing UniSA as a Preservice Teacher and as a visitor to the site, it is expected that you will behave professionally at all times and in accordance with the Australian Professional Standards of Teachers. While engaged in formal professional experience placements or work integrated learning experiences, Preservice Teachers (PSTs) are required to embody integrity, respect and responsibility aligned with the Teachers Registration Board Code of Ethics and the UniSA Code of Conduct for Students.

Your responsibilities

As a PST entering the teaching profession, it is your responsibility to monitor and provide evidence that you meet eligibility requirements for professional experience placements and Work Integrated Learning experiences. These are called placement prerequisite requirements. You are responsible for meeting several critical deadlines associated with these requirements to be eligible for placements. Click on your course name below to view the specific requirements for your course: 

Bachelor of Education
Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)

Master of Teaching (Primary) or (Secondary) 

It is your responsibility to manage all prerequisite requirements by uploading the relevant evidence and documentation to InPlace.

The due dates for completing these requirements for each placement will also be communicated by the Professional Experience Office.

It is important to note: Professional Experience placements cannot be released until all prerequisites have been met. Failure to meet these requirements by the due dates as advised by the Professional Experience Office could result in:

  • being ineligible to undertake placement
  • being required to withdraw from the course

Please note: if course withdrawal takes place after the census date a fail grade may be recorded for Professional Experience and this may result in an extension to the duration of your program.

There are six prerequisite areas. Your personal requirements may vary depending on whether you are enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate course, and which year of your program you are currently in (e.g. a name bade must be obtained in first year, but can then be reused in later years).

The six prerequisites are:

  1. Preservice Teacher Placement Agreement
  2. Working With Children Check (WWCC) [transitioning from Child Related Employment Screening (CRES)]
  3. Responding to Abuse and Neglect- Education and Care Foundation Training (RAN-EC)
  4. Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE)
  5. Name badge
  6. First Aid training (for Early Childhood Education Preservice Teachers only)

Student Placement Agreement

Prior to their first UniSA placement, Preservice Teachers must complete a Preservice Teacher Placement Agreement form.

  • Download the Preservice Teacher Placement Agreement form
  • Read the Preservice Teacher Placement Agreement carefully, ensuring that you understand each of the points outlined on the form.
  • Print and sign the form to confirm that you understand and will comply with the agreement.
  • Scan your signed form and upload it to InPlace for verification by the PEO.
  • Save a copy in your Professional Experience Folio.
  • The Placement Agreement covers all future placements. You only need to complete it once.

For any questions relating to Preservice Teacher Placement Agreement, please contact the Professional Experience Office Team: eds-peo@unisa.edu.au

Responding to Abuse and Neglect

South Australian child protection legislation and policies require all organisations to establish and maintain safe environments for children. Mandatory Reporting Abuse and Neglect (RAN) training is required of all individuals working with children and young people, including Preservice Teachers (PSTs).

RAN training is a mandatory requirement for anyone enrolled in Education programs who is undertaking in-school or site (Child Care Centres, Early Learning Centres, Preschools) observations, internships, activities or professional experience placements. RAN training must be completed prior to the commencement of the first professional experience placement, observation or work integrated learning activity.

The Teaching Registration Board (TRB) requires the full 7-hour RAN training be undertaken whilst enrolled in an initial teacher education degree. Even if you have previously completed the full 7-hour RAN training, you will need to complete it again whilst enrolled in a degree program in order to meet the TRB requirements. It is your responsibility as a PST to maintain a current RAN certificate. If your certification is due to expire while you are studying, you can complete training.

The 7-hour RAN training must be completed with any one of the four organisations approved by the Department of Child Protection.

We encourage all PSTs to review the requirements of the TRB and the Department for Education in relation to RAN:

On-campus RAN training

UniSA offers on campus 7-hour RAN face-to-face RAN training. Once the timetable has been made available you can make arrangements for your training. We recommend doing this as early as possible to ensure you have completed this prerequisite prior to placement.

On Campus Timetable

Off-campus RAN training

7-hours face-to-face RAN training may also be completed off campus. Please contact one of the four Department for Child Protection approved training organisations below to register and pay for your training:

Please be aware that RAN training courses fill quickly. Arrange your training as early as possible to ensure you have completed this prerequisite prior to placement.

View relevant FAQs 

Working with Children Check

To ensure the safety of children and young people in education and care settings, it is a requirement that all adults working in education and care sites have a current Working with Children Check (WWCC) from the Department of Human Services (DHS).

South Australia has strong, effective and transparent screening laws for people working or volunteering with children. Prior to your current Child Related Employment Screening (CRES) expiring, you will need to apply for a WWCC.

Please note:
1. The Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) is now called Department of Human Services (DHS).
2. A Police Check from SA Police (SAPOL) is different to the CRES from DCSI or WWCC from DHS.

Your Working with Children Check (WWCC) must be completed prior to being eligible for placement and can take up to 6 weeks to be processed. Strict confidentiality is maintained during the screening process. The University has no influence over the timeline or outcome of the screening application as the screening process is undertaken by DHS.

The WWCC process

  1. You must apply for your WWCC on the DHS website.
  2. Your WWCC application needs to be initiated by a Requesting Organisation. (For most UniSA students, the Requesting Organisation will be UniSA.)
  3. You must email EDS-WWCC@unisa.edu.auto request UniSA PEO to initiate your access to the DHS Working with Children Check online application system.
  4. DHS will email you a login and password.
  5. You will be required to complete the application online, including a 100-point identification check and payment.
  6. Once your clearance is approved, you will receive email confirmation. Please note that DHS no longer provides a hard copy of your WWCC by post.
  7. Please scan and upload the email confirmation from DHS which is your WWCC Clearance to InPlace for verification.
  8. Please make a photocopy of your WWCC Clearance, file it in your Professional Folio and present it to your Site Coordinator on placement.

Please note: If you are below 18 years of age, you are considered a legal minor and need to complete the application online using ‘Print and Seek Verification’ method. You will need to get a hard copy of your application sighted by a Justice of the Peace.

View relevant FAQs or learn more

LANTITE

To ensure young people are provided with the highest quality teachers to support their learning, all Preservice Teachers enrolled in an initial teacher education program must demonstrate personal literacy and numeracy skills that are within the top 30% of the Australian population. It is a national requirement that PSTs pass the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (also known as LANTITE) to be eligible for program completion and to graduate from their initial teacher education program.

Please note: To be eligible to enrol in the program's final professional experience course, PSTs must successfully achieve both the literacy and numeracy components of LANTITE, in the semester prior to the course. 

Students in the following teaching degrees must meet this requirement:

  • MBET Bachelor of Education (ECE, Primary and Primary Middle)
  • LBSY Bachelor of Education (Secondary Design and Technologies/Food and Textiles)
  • LHEC Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours) Mawson Lakes  
  • MHEC Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours) Magill/Whyalla/Mt Gambier
  • LHPE Bachelor of Primary Education (Honours) Mawson Lakes
  • LHSE Bachelor of Secondary Education (Honours)
  • MHPE Bachelor of Primary Education (Honours) Magill/Whyalla/Mt Gambier
  • MMET Master of Teaching (ECE, Primary and Secondary)

This test is administered by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). It is used to demonstrate that Preservice Teachers are in the top 30% of the population for personal literacy and numeracy.

ACER offers four registration windows a year followed by four assessment windows. Students are required to pay for the assessments. For each of the Literacy and Numeracy components students are allowed three test attempts.

For questions related to the literacy and numeracy self-evaluations and the ACER LANTITE assessments, please email our UniSA team; LANTITE@unisa.edu.au

UniSA LANTITE requirements

Undergraduate requirements

2020 Year 1

PSTs must complete the UniSA literacy and numeracy self-evaluation. This is a requirement for all PSTs to proceed to their professional experience placement in the first year of their undergraduate program. PSTs will recieve an email from LANTITE@unisa.edu.au advising them of the deadline to complete the self-evaluation. 

PSTs must successfully achieve both the literacy and numeracy components of LANTITE, in the semester prior to the program's final professional experience course to be eligible to enrol in EDUC 4206 Professional Experience 4: Teacher as Inquirer.

2020 Year 2

PSTs must have completed a minimum of one attempt of both the literacy and numeracy components of LANTITE to be eligible to enrol in the course EDUC 2062 Professional Experience 2: Curriculum and Pedagogy. 

PSTs must successfully achieve both the literacy and numeracy components of LANTITE, in the semester prior to the program's final professional experience course to be eligible to enrol in EDUC 4206 Professional Experience 4: Teacher as Inquirer.


2020 Year 3

PSTs must have completed a minimum of one attempt of both the literacy and numeracy components of LANTITE to be eligible to enrol in the course EDUC 3061 Professional Experience 3: Informed Planning.

PSTs must successfully achieve both the literacy and numeracy components of LANTITE, in the semester prior to the program's final professional experience course to be eligible to enrol in EDUC 4206 Professional Experience 4: Teacher as Inquirer.

2020 Year 4

PSTs must successfully achieve both the literacy and numeracy components of LANTITE, in the semester prior to the program's final professional experience course to be eligible to enrol in EDUC 4206 Professional Experience 4: Teacher as Inquirer.

Successful completion of LANTITE is a prerequisite for applying for the Internship Program

Postgraduate requirement 

PSTs must complete the UniSA literacy and numeracy self-evaluation. This is a requirement for all PSTs to proceed to their professional experience placement in the first year of their postgraduate program. PSTs will recieve an email from LANTITE@unisa.edu.au advising them of the deadline to complete the self-evaluation. 


PSTs completing the 18-month postgraduate program must have successfully achieved both the literacy and numeracy components of LANTITE in their first year to be eligible for enrolment in EDUC 5272 Reflexive Practice and Professional Experience 2. 

PSTs completing the 2-year postgraduate program need to make at least one attempt at both the literacy and numeracy components of LANTITE in their first year. PSTs must successfully achieve both the literacy and numeracy components of LANTITE within the first 18 months to be eligible for enrolment in EDUC 5250 Curriculum Specialisation courses and either EDUC 5272 Reflexive Practice and Professional Experience 2 (Primary and Secondary) or EDUC 5257 Early Childhood Professional Experience and Reflection (Preschool).

Please note: PSTs enrolled part time must successfully achieve both the literacy and numeracy components of LANTITE in the semester prior to their final professional experience course to be eligible for enrolment in the final professional experience placement and Curriculum Specialisation courses.

Successful completion of LANTITE is a prerequisite for applying for the Internship Program

First Aid Certificate

Preservice Teachers enrolled in the Early Childhood strand must complete Basic Emergency Life Support (via Department for Education) or Applied First Aid before commencing the following courses:

  • EDUC 1044 Professional Experience 1: Birth—Three Years (Undergraduate)
  • EDUC 5186 Professional Experience and Reflection 1: Introduction to Early Childhood Educators' Practices (Postgraduate)

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 Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Basic Emergency Life Support (BELS) First Aid training every day of the week. Register online at their website.

Please upload evidence of completion to InPlace for verification by the PEO.

Dress Code & Name Badge

Dress code

Preservice Teachers must adhere to the allocated site’s dress code at all times during placement. This includes suitable and safe footwear.

UniSA polo shirts are available and can be purchased through Co-Op stores (details below). They are available in Navy Blue or White and are suitable to be worn in most schools whilst on placement.

Co-op Stores

The Co-Op stores at both Magill and Mawson Lakes will stock a supply of the School polo’s as from the commencement of SP5 2017.

Magill Campus

Building A, St Bernard's Road, Magill

Mawson Lakes Campus

Building A, Level 1 Mawson Lakes Blvd, Mawson Lakes

Online Ordering

Please contact Kylie via email on store5210@coop.com.au

Preservice Teachers are expected to comply with sites’ Sun Smart requirements. This may require you to wear a hat when outdoors. Please check the site’s policies with your Site Coordinator prior to your first day. 

Name Badges

Students can now order their Name Badges directly through Badge-a-minit. Badges are posted directly to your nominated address.

To order, please enter your details and student ID here.

Placement Preferences

There are a range of placement preferences you need to complete on InPlace. These include:

  • Site Exclusions
  • Public or Private Transport
  • Metro, Regional or Interstate placement
  • Residential Address while on placement
  • Speciality Learning Areas, Major and Minor for secondary
  • Students with a Disability Access Plan

Site Exclusions

The University values diversity of professional experiences to support the development of the Preservice Teachers. It is important that you experience a range of school contexts throughout your degree to give you a broad understanding of working with children and young people from diverse communities.

To ensure diverse experiences, you are unable to attend the same site for more than one placement or internship. You are also unable to undertake a placement at a site where a close friend or family member works, where you have worked previously or currently work/volunteer, or anywhere you have attended as a student in the past 5 years.

Public or Private Transport

We aim to match you to a placement that is within 90 minutes travel to/from your home. Please use your preferences to advise whether you will be travelling via public transport or a private vehicle. We use public transport routes and road travel maps to calculate travel distances.

As per the Professional Experience Placement Agreement form, you should expect to travel up to 90 minutes from your home to any Professional Experience placement. If you are unable to fulfil this requirement, you can un-enrol from the relevant course and re-enrol when you are able to do so.

Metro, Regional or Interstate Placement

You need to let the PEO know where you are wanting to complete your placement. If you would prefer a placement up to 90 minutes from your Adelaide residence, please select metro. If you would prefer a regional or interstate placement please mark your preference accordingly. 

Residential Address while on Placement

We use the address you have registered on InPlace to inform where you will be residing while on placement (except if you have advised a preference for regional or interstate).

Please check that the address you’ll be residing in during your time on placement is lodged correctly on InPlace. If this address is incorrect, please update your address details via student information on learn online. Please note this change takes 24 hours to update in InPlace.

Specialty Learning Areas, Major and Minor for secondary

Please advise us of any specialty learning areas, majors and minors using the preferences in InPlace