Professional experience is an essential part of teacher education courses within the Faculty of Arts and Education. The time spent in schools and/or early childhood settings provides teacher education student with opportunity to apply theory and practice studied in their courses to the school or early childhood environment. This time has been carefully structured so there is both an increasing understanding of the diverse roles of a teacher, and a gradual development of the practical knowledge and skills necessary for teaching.
The aim of the professional experience program is to develop necessary professional knowledge, skills and attributes for effective teaching. This is achieved through collaboration and mentoring by the supervising early childhood or school teachers and the University lecturer.
The goals of the program are to provide a range of diverse, structured, site-based programs which enable teacher education students to develop their teaching in ways that are inclusive and appropriate to the age and stage of learning of children/students.
In addition, the professional experience program assists teacher education students to:
Note: There may be changes to the Professional Experience Handbook from year to year. Please ensure you are using this version to ensure currency.