The success of the professional experience program is dependent on the partnerships established between the University and the educational providers who offer teacher education students supportive professional environments. A number of people work together to achieve the best learning environments for teacher education students. The following section outlines the roles of those who are closely concerned with the professional experience program for teacher education students.
The Workplace Learning Coordinators (WPLC) in each region are responsible for sourcing placements for each teacher education student in their area. The WPLC are academics, and assist the University Liaison Officers (ULOs) and Professional Experience Liaison Officers (PELOs) by supporting students who require access to the Student Placement Support and Review Process (SPSRP).
The workplace learning team (WPLT) are located on the Bathurst, Wagga Wagga, Albury and Dubbo Campuses and are responsible for the completion of compliance checks for all teacher education students. They provide a communication channel between the WPLC Supervising Teachers (ST), University Liaison Officers (ULOs) and Professional Experience Liaison Officers (PELOs).
Subject Coordinators are responsible for providing teacher education students with academic programs which prepare them for their work and learning in professional settings. The Subject Coordinator's role is to:
University Liaison Officers (ULOs) and Professional Experience Liaison Officers (PELOs) are experienced educators. The ULOs provide face-to-face support to students in their placement sites; and the PELOs provide support via electronic means including, telephone, email, or Skype for those students who are located in remote schools/early childhood settings and no ULO is available. The liaison role includes the following:
The Principal, Director and Site-based Professional Experience Coordinator is to participate in a partnership with Charles Sturt University which identifies areas in which programs of mutual benefit can be established. In relation to the professional experience program, the Site-Based Professional Experience Coordinator is responsible for overall coordination of the program in the early childhood setting or school before, during and following teacher education student placements and as such:
Throughout the placement, it is important that the teacher education student be fully supervised when in charge of students. Teacher education students should not be given the responsibility for a class/group without the presence and support of the supervising teacher. Furthermore, it is important that in early childhood settings, the teacher education student is not included in the adult-child ratio at any time, except when accompanying children on an excursion, when the teacher education student may be classified as a volunteer and included in the child/adult ratio
The supervising teacher must ensure that any teacher education student assigned to them has a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities. This role includes:
The supervising teacher plays a crucial role in the professional development of the teacher education student. A coordinated approach with the ULO/PELO will enhance the quality of the preservice teacher’s professional learning, the supervising teacher is the primary in-school educator during the Professional Experience. Responsibilities include:
Note: There may be changes to the Professional Experience Handbook from year to year. Please ensure you are using this version to ensure currency.