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Teaching

Practical experience

About the practical experience

The term ‘Professional Experience’ refers to a Teacher Education Student doing practical work in the field as part of the University program. It is the core of all initial teacher education courses. Productive professional experience occurs when the University is able to work collaboratively with placement environments and their staff to ensure quality practical learning components for Teacher Education Students in school or early learning centre programs.

Professional experience is designed to integrate with and augment University coursework and provide teacher education students with opportunities to develop their professional skills and understandings in teaching environments. It is undoubtedly a most significant aspect of teacher education because it provides the major opportunity for teacher education students to draw together the more theoretical aspects of their learning with those aspects that are more explicitly orientated towards the professional practice of the teacher.

Requirements for completion

Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)

Students undertake a 20-day block in their first year. In their second year they complete a 20-day block in semester one and a 36-day internship in semester two. *

Master of Teaching (Health and Physical Education)

Students undertake a 20-day block in their first year. In their second year they complete a 25-day block in semester one and a 35-day internship in semester two.*

Master of Teaching (Primary)

Students undertake three blocks of professional experience in schools. The first 20-day block occurs in year one of the program. A second 25-day block occurs in semester one and a final 35-day internship occurs in semester two of the second year of the program.*

Master of Teaching (Secondary)

Students undertake a 20-day block in their first year. In their second year they complete a 25-day block in semester one and a 35-day internship in semester two.*

* Please note that the duration and timing of placements may be subject to variation in 2021 due to public health restriction impacts as a result of COVID-19.

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