There are many roles and responsibilities in Professional Experience. All Preservice Teachers should make themselves familiar with the range of roles and responsibilities undertaken by those contributing to your placement experience
Professional Experience Officer
The Professional Experience Office (PEO) the first point of contact for any questions relating to Professional Experience Placements. The PEO team are the critical link between the placement setting and the University.
The Professional Experience Office:
- Negotiates and secures all Professional Experience Placements
- Allocates Preservice Teachers to placements
- Communicates with sites throughout the Professional Experience Placement
- Is the point of contact for the site in relation to any Professional Experience matter, including any accident or incident involving the Preservice Teacher
- Ensures Preservice Teachers have provided evidence of all compulsory placement conditions (e.g. Criminal History Screening, RAN, Professional Experience Placement Agreement Form)
- Processes all relevant Placement documentation
- Liaise with University Supervisor, Site Coordinator and Course Coordinator regarding any concerns whilst on placement
- Forwards Pay Claims to the Professional Experience Office Finance Officer for validation and processing
- Manages any queries in relation to varying the scheduled placement block dates and absences form placement.
Pre Service Teacher
We encourage the relationship between the Preservice Teacher and site personnel to be collaborative and reciprocal. To enable such learning relationships to develop, Preservice Teachers are expected to act professionally at all times and to demonstrate the following:
- Commitment to the teaching profession and to placement
- Organisation and effort
- Ability to discuss and to respond to feedback
- Active involvement within the site context
- High levels of personal and social awareness and management in interactions and consideration of others
- Advise the PEO and University Supervisor of any absences
The Site Coordinator is responsible for the overall coordination of each Preservice Teacher’s program at the designated site. It is their responsibility to encourage the effective interaction of all partners; the Preservice Teacher, the Supervising Teacher, the Site and the University program. Their role is paramount to maximising the success of the professional experience and includes:
- Allocating suitable Supervising Teachers to the Preservice Teacher
- Providing induction and professional learning opportunities
- Being the point of contact (via telephone and email) for the Professional Experience Office
- Forwarding any relevant UniSA documentation and information to the mentor teachers
- Communicating with the University Supervisor and Supervising Teacher to monitor the progress of the Preservice Teacher
- Advising the PEO team of any concerns regarding the placement.
- Collaborating with the Supervising Teacher, the Preservice Teacher and University Supervisor to manage any Preservice Teachers considered as Cause for Concern’
- Ensuring that all reports are received by the Professional Experience Office (signed scanned e-copy or signed hard copy) within one week following the final day of placement
- Ensuring that all claim forms are correctly completed and received by the Professional Experience Office following one week of the completion of the final Professional Experience placement day.
The relationship between the Preservice Teacher and the Supervising Teacher is critical. The role of the Supervising Teacher includes:
- Developing a professional relationship with the Preservice Teacher in order to facilitate their learning
- Providing relevant information to maximise the pre-service teacher’s involvement in the site e.g. timetable information, policies and procedures, student information, etc.
- Discussing educational issues, theories or practices and how they can impact upon day-to-day teaching responsibilities
- Supporting the Preservice Teacher in their transition to the profession of teaching.
- Supporting the Preservice Teacher to plan and implement an appropriate program for the students
- Providing feedback, verbal and written, on a regular basis to the Preservice Teacher in areas prioritised by either the Supervising Teacher or Preservice Teacher, including the completion of a written report
- Liaise with Site Coordinator and /or University personnel regarding any concerns.
- Completing the placement report and ensuring they are signed by the Site Coordinator and received by the Professional Experience Office following one week of the final day of placement
The role of the University Supervisor is to maintain and strengthen the partnership between the university and the site, and to support the Preservice Teacher in undertaking placement requirements. One University Supervisor will be appointed to each site.
The University Supervisor will:
- Establish and maintain contact with Site Personnel
- Establish and maintain contact with allocated Preservice Teachers
- Establish and maintain contact with Professional Experience Office regarding any relevant information about placements in their allocated sites.
- Make face-to-face visits or email and phone contact (depending on context) with Site Coordinators and/or Supervising Teachers to ensure Preservice Teachers are making satisfactory progress
- Liaise with Supervising Teachers and Course Coordinators to ensure the site understands the documentation associated with the professional experience placement
- In conjunction with the Course Coordinator, support the site and Preservice Teacher in managing the process if a Cause for Concern is raised.