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InSchool

About Placements and the InSchool Site

This site provides support, advice and resources around Professional Experience in CDU Teacher Education Courses.

Northern Territory Based Students please note that nominations for Semester 2 2017 will close on 14 August 2017.

Students should familiarise themselves with the requirements for Professional Experience and Placement and ensure that jurisdictional requirements as well as CDU course requirements are met.

Education courses with placement

Bachelor of Education Graduate Entry (BEDGE)
Bachelor of Education Early Childhood Teaching (BEDEC)
Bachelor of Education Early Childhood Learning (BECL)
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning Early Childhood (BTLEC)
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning Inservice (Early Childhood) (BTLIEC)
Bachelor of Education Primary Teaching (BEDP)
Bachelor of Education Secondary Teaching (BEDS)
Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Preservice) (BTLP)
Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (GDTL)
Double Degrees (DD)

Required clearances and background checks

All students require background checks and screening prior to any placement in a setting with children. Students without clearance will not be permitted to commence their placement. Copies of all certificates and screenings must be submitted to the Professional Experience and Placements Office prior to commencing placement. Please send scanned copies to InSchool@cdu.edu.au

Refer to the current policy in your State or Territory. In some instances, workshops or training must be completed.

Please apply for your clearance early as the process can take up to three months.

Students should also check with the placement school or centre regarding any specific requirements they may have.

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Charles Darwin University

Information sessions:

Building Blue 2, Level 1, Room 2

11:30am - 2:30pm, Thursday 27th July 2017

For more information, contact:

Claire Holohan

T: 03 9604 9546

E: claire.holohan@hays.com.au

hays.com.au

School of Education

Teacher Talk Workshops for Darwin based Pre-service Teachers

CDU Casuarina, Blue 1.1.15 4pm - 5pm


Workshop 1 - Monday 20 March 2017 CLOSED

Workshop 2 - Monday 22 May 2017 CLOSED

Workshop 3 - Monday 19 June 2017

Behaviour and wellbeing management

Workshop 4 - Monday 21 August 2017

Visible learning - Department of Education

Workshop 5 - Monday 25 September 2017

Professional associations - english, math, geography, etc.

Workshop 6 - Monday 23 October 2017

Teacher Registration Board/Department of Education - Human resources and recruitment/Reflections and wrap up

Professional Teacher's Association NT

2017 Festival of Teaching

Saturday 26th August, Casuarina Senior College

Featuring Key Note Speakers: Professor Joseph Lo Bianco & Mr Mark Collard

Tickets include:

  • Two Key note speaker presentations
  • Four 50 minute workshops
  • Registration Pack/Bag
  • Morning Tea
  • Lunch

Registrations open on June 9th

http://www.ptant.com.au/festival-of-teaching-2017

Early Bird Rates from $25 available until August 5th

For more information get in touch with your teaching Association

Primary Connections

PrimaryConnections Ready Workshop

CDU Darwin 12-13 May 2017

Adelaide 2-3 June 2017

More locations available in NSW, Queensland and Tasmania. Registrations are now open to the FREE* PrimaryConnections science workshop.

This professional learning is highly regarded by potential employers and provides students with added confidence in the teaching and learning of science and technology. The professional development workshop usually costs schools about $800 to send their teachers to and we have been given funding to provide them to final year pre-service teachers (including 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students) from the Charles Darwin University for FREE*! 

*Note: The course along with course material is provided for free. The $20 registration fee secures your spot and subsidises the cost of lunch provided on both days of the workshop. 

 Hurry as places are strictly limited.

 For more information please download the Darwin flyer or the Adelaide flyer.

NT Debating

Northern Territory Debating Union - Adjudicators Wanted for 2017

The Northern Territory Debating Union is hiring a pool of volunteer adjudicators for the 2017 debating season. Can you help out?

What does adjudicating involve?

Adjudicators listen to student debates, arrive at a verdict based on set criteria, and give quality feedback to teams and coaches to help them improve.

When and where does it take place?

Adjudicators need to be available Tuesday evenings from 3.45pm until 7.15pm at Casuarina Senior College during March and April.

What will adjudicators receive?

Adjudicators will be provided with training and resources, and will receive a $100 payment for each night. CDU Education students can also obtain professional learning hours.

If you are interested and available please complete this form and leave your details and we will be in contact soon.

For more information, please visit our website or contact info@ntdu.net

Information for End of Year Teaching/Early Childhood Teaching graduates

VIT is preparing the end of year graduate registration process for both teacher and early childhood teacher registration.

VIT has created a new ‘registering as a graduate page on our website’ which contains further information on the individual elements of a registration application - www.vit.vic.edu.au/registering-as-a-teacher/how-do-i-register-as-a-teacher/registering-as-a-graduate. The graduate registration video we produced last year is also still available – www.vit.vic.edu.au/registering-as-a-teacher/how-do-i-register-as-a-teacher/i-am-graduating.

A big change for the graduate registration is the introduction of the national literacy and numeracy test as a requirement of registration for graduates of Victorian initial teacher education programs. Note: This does not apply to Charles Darwin University graduates. VIT has added validations into their online form and internal systems to identify interstate graduates to ensure they are not asked for this information. If graduates experience difficulty they should contact vit@vit.vic.edu.au .

Postgraduate teacher education programs need to provide their undergraduate degree transcript as The VIT no longer receives these directly from the universities.  VIT will require you to  provide your transcript at the time of application.

Mentor teacher payment information

The rate payable per pre-service teacher per day is $21.40. This rate may vary slightly in other states. Please email payment requests to: inSchool@cdu.edu.au

Payment Option 1Payment Option 2InternationalPayment Option for SA

School to invoice CDU:


This is the preferred method for payment. A tax invoice (including all details and GST) and Commercial in Confidence (docx 338KB) form need to be submitted. The tax invoice must include the following information:

  • 'tax invoice' must be on form
  • invoice number
  • student name and ID
  • placement start and end dates
  • GST amount

**Payments made using this method are processed within thirty days

Payment Direct to Mentor Teacher:

Submit Mentor Contract Payment form (docx 48KB) and Tax Declaration Form (TFN) (PDF 218KB).

If shared mentoring, all mentors need to submit Mentor Contract Payment form  before processing. TFN declaration must accompany this form.

**Payments made using this method will generally take a minimum of six-eight weeks for processing.


International schools may invoice CDU for mentor payment.

Note: ABN is not applicable in this instance, but an International Commercial in Confidence (docx 332KB) form along with International Tax Invoice (docx 14KB) must be submitted.

Bank transfers will be done in $AUD.




DECD Schools must invoice CDU.


This is the only method of payment available for DECD mentors. Claims for payment must be lodged through the DECD Practicum Claims Module that allows schools/preschools staff to make direct claims to Shared Services after the supervised day(s) have been completed. The school will then need to invoice CDU and a Commercial in Confidence (docx 338KB) form needs to be submitted. The Commercial-in-Confidence form only needs to be supplied once. Payments to mentors will be made via the DECD Payroll System.

**Payments made using this method are processed within thirty days. The rate payable per preservice teacher per day is consistent with the standard rate outlined in the DECD enterprise bargaining agreement.

Information for Schools:
Claim Process FLOW Chart (PDF 444KB)
New DECD Invoicing System Information (PDF 362KB)
Leader Confirmation of Placement Form (PDF 296 KB)
Frequently Asked Questions (PDF243KB)

Placement Guide for Students

Placement Handbook(PDF 429KB)

Placement Calendar

2017 Higher Education Placement Calendar (PDF 241KB)

2017 Early Childhood Placement Calendar (PDF 228KB)

Extenuating CircumstancesExtenuating Circumstances (PDF 111.1KB)
Nomination to GraduateFollow the link for Nomination to Graduate form (PDF 32.3KB)
Lessons Plans

Lesson Plan Template 1(doc 35KB)

Lesson Plan Template 2 (doc 30KB)

Lesson Plan Template 3 (doc 57KB)

Lesson Plan Template 4 (doc 92KB)

Lesson Plan Template 5 (doc 45KB)

Early Childhood(EC)

Early Childhood Lesson Plan Template 1 (doc 33KB)

Early Childhood Lesson Plan Template 2 (doc 34KB)

Early Childhood Day Book Format (docx 12KB)
Suitable for 0-2 yrs and 2-4 yrs setting

Learning Management PlansLearning Management Plans (docx 24KB)
Unit PlansUnit of work template (docx 41KB)
Permissions FormsPermission Forms (PDF 136KB)
Feedback FormsFeedback Forms (PDF 161KB)
Reflection

Reflective Self-Evaluation (PDF 103KB)

Reflective Practice Template (docx 13KB)

Dimensions of reflection (docx 14KB)

Observations

Observing Classroom Management (PDF 77KB)
Observing Student Engagement (PDF 80KB)
Observing Teaching Strategies (PDF 77KB)
Observing Questioning in the Classroom (PDF 109KB)
Observing Lesson Structure (PDF 163KB)
Observation Template Teaching Schools (PDF 24KB)
An Audit Of Classroom Questioning (PDF 208KB)

Australian Graduating Standards

Follow the link for Australian Graduating Standards

AITSL Professional Standards for Graduate Teachers (PDF 169KB)

Library Services

Library Home Page
Education LibGuides

Trainings

Anaphylaxis Training:

Disclaimer: The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) is the peak professional body of clinical immunology and allergy specialists in Australia and New Zealand. This certificate can be provided as proof that you have completed an ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training course. This certificate does not however, constitute a qualification (ASCIA is not an accrediting body), and no reference should be made of being endorsed or certified by ASCIA.

National Financial Literacy Strategy

Financial Literacy 101

Get classroom ready and meet professional experience requirements

Financial Literacy 101
is a professional learning module designed specifically for education students. It offers an extensive range of engaging Australian Curriculum aligned classroom tools and resources for use across a wide range of learning areas.

By completing the module you will:

  • be better prepared for the classroom and to teach young people about money management
  • improve your understanding of money and finances
  • address 9 Graduate Professional Standards,
  • gain practice for the ITE Literacy and Numeracy test
Useful Websites

3Rs website
The site rrr.edu.au is developed particularly for professional teaching standard 2.4 and 1.4

Victorian Institute of Teaching Resources

How to become a registered teacher (PDF 94KB)

How to become a registered EC teacher (PDF 536KB)

How to apply for registration as a graduate (PDF 117.69KB)

Locating a placement school

The CDU School of Education recommends that students have a wide range of experiences in schools with the prime experience being in an urban, mainstream school (i.e. non specialist settings). The Teacher Education courses have been designed for these settings; they are not specialist courses but generalist ones and the expectation is that placement settings should reflect this.

Students may request a placement in a specialised setting, such as:

  • Steiner or Montessori Schools
  • Special Needs Schools
  • Outdoor Education Based Schooling

Please submit your request for a specialised setting including a Web Link to the school site to  Inschool@cdu.edu.au for approval. If students are unsure if the school they are wanting to attend for placement is considered to be a specialised setting, they should email the InSchool office with a link to the school website to confirm.

Placement restrictions

  • Students may not undertake placement in a school or centre where they are employed. An alternative setting for placement must be found.
  • A preservice teacher cannot receive remuneration in any form for duties carried out during their professional experience.
  • Professional experience cannot be undertaken in any school/ centre where an immediate family member is also located:
        •  No family member should be on the school staff
        •  No family member should be attending the school
        •  No family member should be in your practicum class/es

Northern Territory based students

Students undertaking Professional Experience within 80kms of Darwin, Palmerston, Alice Springs and Katherine enrolled both internally and externally have their placement organised through the CDU Inschool office, and are not to contact schools until the placement has been confirmed. For more information please refer to the Internal and External Students page.

Interstate students

Preservice Teachers who live outside the NT are referred to as external students and they need to organise their own placement. For more information including the Letter of Introduction and what else to give schools when seeking a placement please refer to the Internal and External Students page.  

Common ages

The name for the first year of primary school varies considerably between states and territories. Please refer to Australian compulsory school years (JPEG 141KB).

Pre-nomination

Students need to enrol in the unit with associated school placement (ECP,EPE,EPR,ETP prefix). Students must provide the following documents before nominating the preferred school/learning centre.

If students wish to vary the placement dates, Practicum Date Variation Approval Request form (docx 31.47KB) should be completed and submitted to Placement Office for approval.

Nomination process

    • All Placements must be nominated
    • All Placements must be arranged within the scheduled CDU placement calendar dates.
    • Click on My Nomination button below and proceed with completing the process. Confirmation of placement will be sent to your CDU email account upon successful nomination.
    • CDU organised confirmed placements must be completed as per the confirmed dates. Should students wish to change the confirmed placement dates they must apply for adjustment using the Extenuating Circumstances (PDF 111KB) request form.

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My Nomination

Frequently asked questions

1. Do I need to nominate my prac placement?
Yes, all students must nominate each placement even if it is with the same host school and/or mentor as previous placements.

2. When do I nominate?
You need to nominate as soon as possible after enrolment so that placement confirmation can be completed prior to commencement. Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine students who nominate early are more likely to get the school of their preference.

3. What is considered a mainstream school?
Mainstream schools are those that teach students across all areas of curriculum i.e. are not specialist. The schools must teach approved Australian curriculum.

4. What does PO and PU mean?
PO indicates Placement Ongoing, PU indicates Pass Ungraded and finalisation of the unit.

5. Do I have to complete my placement as per the dates on the CDU calendar (found on course page)?
Yes. The calendars have been organised to align with the unit requirements, course guidelines and in consultation with school representatives. It is important to complete your placement within the dates shown on the calendar.

6. What if I want to start my placement earlier or my host school wants me to attend on different dates?
You are not permitted to commence your placement prior to the start of the semester of enrolment for that unit. Starting placements earlier than the schedule is not usually an option. You may, however, extend your placement to start later.
Options for more flexibility must be approved through the Office of Professional Experience and Placements prior to commencing. We understand that schools may suggest a particular period in which they can host you, and where possible we try to accommodate this. Do NOT simply arrange dates with your school outside the schedule as they may not fit in with unit and course requirements. The Practicum Date Variation Approval Request form is available on the Placement page of the InSchool website. Include a detailed explanation and supporting documentation.

7. Do I need to complete my Professional Experience placements in order?
You must complete your Professional Experience placements in sequence (see Professional Experience Handbook). If you have credits for some units you will need to discuss any variation to the order undertaken with the Office of Professional Experience and Placements and possibly your course coordinator.

8. I live in the Northern Territory but am enrolled externally. Where should I look to complete my placement?
All enrolled students, internal and external, living within 80kms of Darwin, Alice Springs or Katherine, complete Professional Experience in Teaching Schools in these locations. This Professional Experience is organised by the Office of Professional Experience and Placements (OPEP), and students are not to contact schools until the placement has been confirmed. Students living outside these areas organise their own placements.

9. What if a school at which I can complete my placement requirements cannot be found?
In circumstances where a school cannot be identified for your placement, it is possible for us to allow you to defer the placement until the following semester. In these instances you will need to complete the academic components and we will enter a Practicum Ongoing (PO) grade that can be updated once you have completed the placement. You have a total of two enrolment periods to complete the placement component. Ensure this is discussed with the InSchool office.

10. I am not in a position to complete full weeks. What are my options?
Students should follow the breakdown of days and weeks required as indicated in the unit requirements and weekly guidelines available on the InSchool site.

11. It looks like I will not be able to complete my placement by the due date indicated in the paperwork guidelines. What does this mean for me?
In many situations students cannot complete the days required by the date indicated. You have until the end of the school term to complete those days and then forward the necessary paperwork to CDU. We will amend your grade once your placement days have been completed and paperwork has been received. Make sure you notify the InSchool office of your delayed finish date.

12. I am not on placement and the first assignment is due, what do I do?
Your academic assignments are not dependent on your having started your professional experience. While there may be benefits in doing so, any delay in starting should not impact your ability to complete the academic tasks.

13. What happens if I miss a day of my placement?
Missed days will need to be made up at the completion of the professional experience with days agreed upon by the school and your mentor teacher.

14. How and where do I submit my in-school tasks (i.e. NOT academic requirements)?
These are completed in your school and should be discussed with your mentor teacher. These tasks are NOT submitted to CDU for marking.
Your assessment forms A, B and C are to be returned to the Office of Professional Experience and Placements.

15. What should I do if my Working With Children Card / Police Check/Clearances do not arrive before I am due to commence my placement?
Please see your placement school to discuss if you are allowed to start your placement while you wait for it to arrive. In some cases schools will accept a receipt of your application while you are awaiting issue. This decision is completely up to the schools and differs in each state / territory. Please also email InSchool if your placement is delayed due to this.

16. How do I share my Portfolio (required in final units)?
Electronic portfolios including secure websites (e.g. Google site, Weebly etc) are submitted to academic staff via Learnline. Do not send this information to the Office of Professional Experience and Placements.

17. Who is on my portfolio presentation panel?
The panel usually consists of your mentor teacher/s and the principal or relevant staff in the school. In Teaching Schools this should include the PLL. You need to have a minimum of 2 panel members however most panels consist of 3 members.

18. I am enrolled in a specialist stream but cannot find a placement in that year level. Can I do placements outside that year level?
No. If you complete placements in year levels outside your elected stream, you may compromise your registration. Contact your course manager or the Director for Professional Experience.

19. I am a GDTL student, can I do all my placements in prep/kindergarten/reception?
This course is accredited for the compulsory years of schooling. In states where prep/kindergarten/reception is considered as such, this is acceptable. However, many states do not recognise these years as compulsory. Completing a lengthy placement in this prep/kindergarten/reception may compromise your opportunity to register at the completion of the course.

Education Placement Office
T: 08 8946 6602
E:inschool@cdu.edu.au

Director of Professional Experience
Jenny Buckworth
T: 08 8946 6298
E: jenny.buckworth@cdu.edu.au

Teaching School Coordinator
Pauline Schober
T: 08 8946 6908
E: pauline.schober@cdu.edu.au

Disability Liaison Officer
Maddy Dack
T: 08 8946 6288
E: disability@cdu.edu.au

Equity Services
Reception
T: 08 4986 6288
E: equity@cdu.edu.au

Information Technology Management and Support
T: 08 8946 6600
E: contact by logging a job via logIT.cdu.edu.au

Education liaison librarian
Kelly George
T: 08 8946 6759
E:kelly.george@cdu.edu.au

Learnline support
T: 1800 559 347
E:learnlinesupport@cdu.edu.au