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Professional experience

High quality Professional Experience is critical to ensuring that newly qualified teachers are ready to teach. Professional Experience provides the opportunity for prospective teachers: to learn and practise the art of teaching; to reflect on and learn from their experiences; to observe and be mentored by experienced teachers; to experience working in a school community; and, to commence their professional life as a teacher.

ACT Gov/ TQI (2018) High Quality Professional Experience in ACT Schools

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Each year UC seeks around 1100 places in schools for our Primary and Secondary students from 1st to 4th year. 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. In 2017, around 120 schools provided places for UC students.

In the last two years, we have reviewed our communication with schools in order to streamline the placement process. Placement documentation is now available online and in hardcopy and we are also making it available to schools on our Faculty website. We aim to work closely with SPECs and mentors to support them in their important role.

More details please go to the "Information and forms" section