Fitness to Practice

Your Fitness to Practice is determined by your performance in eight key domains as well as a number of sub-domains. The domains include:

  1. Ethical behaviour
  2. Legal compliance
  3. Literacy and Numeracy
  4. Communication
  5. Behavioural stability
  6. Interpersonal engagement
  7. Sensory ability
  8. Sustainable performance

The Fitness to Practice Inherent Requirements provide a framework for understanding your performance requirements and what will be needed from you to fully engage in Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Programs. As a Preservice Teacher (PST), part of your continuing responsibilities will involve skills development, self assessment and demonstrated abilities within these eight domains.

An overview of each of these domains is below. You can learn more about the requirements and how you can demonstrate you have met the requirement in our guidelines, please download the Fitness to Practice documentation to access this information.

1. Ethical Behaviour 

Education is a profession governed by the following bodies and guidelines:

  • Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership’s (AITSL) Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (particularly focus areas 7.1 & 7.2)
  • Teacher Registration Board of South Australia’s Code of Ethics
  • Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)
  • Early Childhood Australia Code of Ethics

These govern the professional conduct and professional boundaries where teachers are both accountable and responsible for ensuring professional and ethical behaviour in all contexts. Preservice teachers in ITE programs must always demonstrate knowledge of and engagement in ethical behaviour.

No adjustments can be made for this requirement.

You can learn more about this domain by downloading the Fitness to Practice documentation.

2. Legal compliance

Legislation mandates the safe delivery of education and care and therefore PSTs must demonstrate knowledge and compliance with Australian Law, professional regulations and scope of practice.

No adjustments can be made for this requirement.

You can learn more about this domain by downloading the Fitness to Practice documentation.

3. Literacy and Numeracy 

ITE programs require knowledge of theory and the skills of literacy and numeracy. Additionally, it is a requirement of all PSTs enrolled in ITE programs to sit the LANTITE test and meet the required standard to be eligible for program completion and to graduate. At UniSA it is a requirement to successfully complete both the literacy and numeracy LANTITE components in the semester prior to a student's final Professional Experience course to be eligible to enrol in this course.

Literacy

Competent literacy skills are essential to provide safe and effective provision of education and care. This includes:

  • the ability to acquire information and accurately convey appropriate, effective messages
  • the ability to read, comprehend and apply a range of literature and information in a range of contexts
  • the capacity to understand and implement academic conventions to construct written text in a scholarly manner.

Numeracy

  • Competent and accurate numeracy skills mean that you have the ability to interpret and correctly apply data, measurements and numerical criteria.

You can learn more about this domain by downloading the Fitness to Practice documentation.

4. Communication 

Initial teacher education programs require effective, verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills.

Verbal

This requirement includes:

  • the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English
  • the ability to understand and respond to verbal communication accurately, appropriately and in a timely manner
  • the ability to provide clear instructions in the context of the situation

Non-verbal

Effective non-verbal communication is fundamental to teaching and needs to be respectful, clear, attentive, empathetic and non-judgmental. This requirement includes:

  • the capacity to recognise, interpret and respond appropriately to behavioural cues
  • consistent and appropriate awareness of own behaviours
  • sensitivity to individual and/or cultural differences.

Written

The PST must demonstrate the capacity to construct coherent and effective written communication, in English, appropriate to the circumstances.

You can learn more about this domain by downloading the Fitness to Practice documentation.

5. Behavioural stability 

Behavioural stability is required to function and adapt effectively and sensitively in the teaching profession. Preservice teachers (PSTs) must demonstrate behavioural stability to work constructively in a diverse and changing academic and professional environment.

You can learn more about this domain by downloading the Fitness to Practice documentation.

6. Interpersonal engagement 

Interpersonal engagement is required to work effectively, engage sensitively, and build relationships in educational and community settings.

You can learn more about this domain by downloading the Fitness to Practice documentation.

7. Sensory ability 

Adequate visual, auditory and tactile abilities (sight, hearing & touch) are required for practice-based learning experiences.

Visual ability

Students must demonstrate sufficient visual acuity to perform the required range of skills.

Auditory ability

Auditory ability is required to provide sufficient aural function to undertake the required range of skills.

Tactile ability

Sufficient tactile ability is required to provide competent and safe education and care. This includes adequate tactile function to undertake the required range of skills and assessments.

You can learn more about this domain by downloading the Fitness to Practice documentation.

8. Sustainable performance

Teaching practice requires physical, mental and interpersonal performance at a consistent and sustained level. This includes:

  • consistent and sustained level of physical energy, strength and mobility to complete a range of tasks in a timely manner and over time
  • the ability to perform repetitive activities with a level of concentration that ensures a capacity to focus on the activity until it is completed appropriately
  • the capacity to maintain consistency and quality of performance throughout the designated period of time
  • the capacity to maintain positive interpersonal engagement over time

Strength and mobility

This program requires strength and mobility involving fine and gross motor skills. Teaching involves physical demands which include long periods of standing and/or moving efficiently around a classroom or yard space. Teaching also requires manual dexterity such as being able to grasp writing implements, type, use touch screen devices etc. to engage functionally with the resources in a school site that support learning and care.

You can learn more about this domain by downloading the Fitness to Practice documentation


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