The Faculty of Education offer a number of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) through UC's Professional Experience Program.
The UC Professional Experience Program is an opportunity for preservice teachers to engage with professional educational communities in schools, early childhood education, early childhood care and other educational settings. Professional experience units place students in their relevant teaching areas to learn different aspects of professional practice within different educational settings in local schools as placements. The completion of placement days is a requirement to register as a teacher with the Teachers Quality Institute (ACT) and NSW Institute of Teachers. The pre-placement requirements for teaching students can be found under the 'Pre-Service Requirements' tab.
WIL opportunities through Teaching Professional Experience placements include:
- Implementing the Australian Curriculum (IAC)
- Inclusion and Intervention in the Early Years
- Planning, Assessing and Reporting (RAP)
- STEM in the Early Years
- Teachers as Professionals (TaP)
- The Education Workplace (TEW)
Pedagogical, Content, Knowledge units are known as PCK. You are required to complete these professional experiences in a particular discipline. These include:
- Early Childhood and Primary Education
- Health and Physical Education
- Humanities and Social Sciences
- Secondary Education
Master of Teaching students complete these professional experiences through:
6 steps to be placement ready!
The following steps must be completed prior to a Preservice Teacher going on their first Professional Experience placement.
Complete Before Your Placement
If you are unsure of your course plan or have an enrolment issue contact the Faculty of Education at Education-AcademicPrograms@canberra.edu.au
As the majority of placements are organised in Semester 1, please enroll in ALL of the Professional Experience units you will undertake for this academic year.
Placement Preferences are submitted electronically via the InPlace.
You can log into InPlace with your MyUC login details (i.e. student ID and MyUC password). Once logged in, click on the down arrow next to your student ID and click on 'My Details' to enter your preferences and additional information.
Please provide as much relevant detail as possible including the following items as this will be used in allocating you to a placement:
- If you are enrolled in a secondary education course - please indicate teaching disciplines (subject areas) and any previous studies. This information will assist us in seeking the 'best match' possible.
- If you are enrolled in an undergraduate primary education course- please indicate if they are enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (Option 1: Birth - Year 6) or Bachelor of Primary Education Course (Kinder - Year 6).
- Please also indicate if you have your own transport.
Please also ensure all personal details (i.e. current home address, phone numbers) are also updated on your MyUC profile. Please note you will not be able to amend the details on InPlace as these are 'hard-wired' through MyUC. All changes must be made through MyUC for them to appear on InPlace.
Although every effort is made to accommodate preservice teachers' preferences, they cannot always be guaranteed.
All prospective Preservice Teachers undertaking professional experience in ACT childcare centres, schools and colleges must complete a background check prior to commencement of their placement. The purpose of the check is to confirm the suitability of applicants to work with students and vulnerable people in the ACT. Working with Vulnerable People registration is administered by Access Canberra. The application for registration form is available here.
For further information on Working with Vulnerable People registration, please visit Access Canberra or phone (02) 6207 3000.
All students who are placed in schools outside of ACT should obtain the applicable version of the WWVP registration for that state. Information regarding procedures for undergoing the check in NSW can be obtained from the Office of the Children's Guardian.
Depending on the time of year WWVP applications can take up to 10 weeks to be processed. Therefore please apply for it as early as possible to ensure that you are able to attend your placement.
This document outlines the acceptable use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) resources for ACT Government employees including teachers. All ACT government staff are obliged to comply with its requirements as are Preservice Teachers assigned to an ACT Government school. The Policy is available here.
Please read and complete Attachment A - Template (page 14) of the form. A sample of how to fill in the form is available here.
Contrary to the instructions on the form, submit Attachment A to your allocated school/s. They will forward it on the ACT Directorate ICT Branch on your behalf. Note this is a requirement for ACT Directorate schools only, Catholic and independent schools will have their own policy with regards to ICT resources. Please ensure you familiarise yourself with these processes at your meeting/orientation day at the school.
The NSW Department of Education requires teacher education students to be trained in anaphylaxis management before they undertake any professional experience in NSW Public Schools.
Teacher education students are required to undertake the e-training modules provided by the Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA). This is the only training that will be accepted by the Department. The training is required to be successfully undertaken every two years.
The self-paced course is completed in modules and can be accessed at the ASCIA website.
Upon successful completion of the course, participants are issued a Certificate of Completion. School staff may ask preservice teachers to provide a copy of an up-to-date certificate on arrival at the school. Preservice teachers placed in NSW Government schools should not commence professional experience without evidence of this anaphylaxis training.
Further information on anaphylaxis training is available on the NSW Department of Education website.
For administrative information on professional experience, pre-service teachers (PSTs) should first of all read all the documentation on this page.
PSTs are entering a professional setting and have a responsibility to be fully prepared. The nature of each professional experience within the program will be different between students and between each placement unit. The following links and documents provide guidance and information outline expectations and procedures preservice teachers should expect in schools as a support database.
What should preservice teachers do during Professional Experience?
The following document provides a framework for professional experience which can be interpreted in each educational setting. The focus should be on the outcomes and opportunities, not on ‘ticking off’ activities.
The Professional Conversations model should be used throughout the professional experience. It is used to support preservice teacher learning. It should also be used as a basis for providing formal written feedback or when the preservice teacher is not making satisfactory progress and is in need of further support.
This report is to be completed by all students undertaking a professional experience unit with the exception of students enrolled in The Educational Workplace (EWP). EWP is an ‘observational’ placement with an attendance record attached, i.e. no formal reporting is required.
For all other placements (other than the EDW), mentor teachers and preservice teachers are asked to complete a formal report at least twice in each professional experience, the first acting as formative feedback with the second (and final) report submitted on the completion of the professional experience. The same report is used for requesting Intervention and Support from UC.
Professional Experience Report (Word Doc – restricted editing)
This document provides detailed information on policy and procedural matters relating to the Professional Experience program.