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Professional experience

Why is Professional Experience important?

High quality Professional Experience is critical to ensuring that newly qualified teachers are ready to teach. Professional Experience provides the opportunity for preservice teachers (PSTs) to:

  • learn and practise the art of teaching
  • reflect on and learn from their experiences
  • observe and be mentored by experienced teachers
  • experience working in a school community
  • commence their professional life as a teacher.

Preservice Teacher / School / UC interrelationships
creating high quality professional experiences

PST School UC interrelationships


How does it happen?

The Faculty seeks around 1400 places in schools annually, for our Primary and Secondary students from 1st to 4th year. The requirement grows as this valuable placement component is included in more units. Undergraduate students are required to complete 80 or 85 days and graduate entry students complete 60. This undertaking is dependent on the support of schools in the ACT and surrounding areas in providing quality professional experience. Around 120 schools provide places for UC students.


How do we celebrate?

The Faculty acknowledges the work of our teacher mentors who support our PSTs on their journey into the profession of teaching. And we celebrate this commitment by providing our PSTs with the opportunity to acknowledge their mentor/s by nominating them for the UC Faculty of Education Mentor Awards - click for more information about the awards.


More information about our Professional Experience program

The Faculty of Education works closely with School Professional Experience Coordinators (SPECs) and mentors to support them in their important role. Placement documentation is available on this site, as well as in hardcopy.

More details for SPECs and mentors are available on the page - For schools - Information and forms.

Information for PSTs is available on the page - For preservice teachers - Overview and links.