teacher and students


This site provides support, advice and resources around professional experience in CDU teacher education courses.

From 1 January 2018 all placements must be organised by CDU staff. No student is to approach an educational setting for placement. Students are advised to complete nominations as per the date indicated in order that placements can be organised, confirmed and completed within the semester of enrolment.

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.

Resources for students

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.

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 45KB) and Tax Declaration Form (TFN) (PDF 114KB).

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)

Students Placement Guide

Inherent Teaching Requirements

Placement Handbook (PDF 1198KB)

Inherent Requirements (docx 40 kb).

Familiarise yourself with requirements expected of ITE students

Placement Calendar 2018

2018 Higher Education Placement Calendar (PDF 232KB)

2018 Early Childhood Placement Calendar (PDF 209KB)

2019 Education Placement Calendar (PDF 232KB)

2019 Early Childhood Placement Calendar (PDF 209KB)

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)

Lesson Plan Template 6 (doc 16 KB)

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)

Reflective Self-Evaluation (PDF 103KB)

Reflective Practice Template (docx 13KB)

Dimensions of reflection (docx 14KB)


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)

Professional Feedback Form

Professional Feedback Form (docx 170KB)

This form can be completed by the Pre-Service Teacher to provide mentoring teacher feedback.

NT Department of Education Learning Links

Acceptable Use Agreement (PDF 362KB)

The Department of Education provides NT resident education students and lecturers access to NT learning links for educational use. Students may use these facilities for classwork research and preparation of teaching materials. Students may request access to the site by this application form.

Library Services

Library Home Page
Education LibGuides


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)

From 1 January 2018 all placements must be organised by University staff. No student is to approach an Educational Setting for placement.

Nominations for Semester 2 2018 will open on 16th July and close on 10th August. Please ensure all pre-placement clearances are up to date.

Students are advised to complete nominations as per the date indicated in order that Professional Experience placement can be organised, confirmed and completed within the semester of enrolment.

Placement Guidelines

The CDU College of Education recommends that students have a wide range of experiences in schools with the prime experience being in an urban, mainstream educational setting (i.e. non specialist settings).


Students should first enrol in the unit with associated school placement (ECP,EPE,EPR,ETP prefix). Following enrolments students should provide the following documents before nominating their preferred region for placement.

Nomination process

All Pre-service Teachers undertaking Professional Experiencehave their placement organised through the CDU Education Placement Office. Pre-service Teachers are advised not to make contact with schools until their placement has been confirmed.

    • All Placements must be nominated.
    • All Placements will be arranged within the scheduled CDU placement calendar dates.
    • Click on the My Nomination button below and proceed with completing the process. Confirmation of placement will be sent to your CDU email account upon successful nomination.
    • 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.


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

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

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

Submit your request for a specialised setting, including a Web Link, to the school site to Inschool@cdu.edu.au for approval. If students require clarification for the specialised setting, they should email the Education Placement 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 pre-service 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

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).

placement calendarRemote placementOverseas placement

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 before the end of CDU Week 3 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. 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 with the Director for Professional Experience and/or 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 Placement Team, and students are not to contact schools until the placement has been confirmed.

9. Can I organise my own placement?
Professional Experience is organised by the Professional Experience office. Students may suggest schools that are conveniently located to their place of residence when they complete the nomination. Students are not to contact schools until the placement has been confirmed.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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 are to be returned to the Office of Professional Experience and Placements.

16. 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. 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.

Education Placement Office
T: 08 8946 6602

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
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

Learnline support
T: 1800 559 347

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Survey request for all who attended the Primary Connections workshops in Darwin on the 12-13 May and Adelaide 2-3 June 2017.

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School of Education

Teacher Talk Workshops for Darwin based Pre-service Teachers

Monday 19th March   
Preparing for Practicums
School Culture  and Working with Mentors
             Teacher Registration Board
       •    Processes and Protective Practices
Monday 16th April  
Working with the Australian Curriculum – Department of Education
Monday 14th May   
Visible Learning – Department of Education
Monday 18th June  
Behaviour and Wellbeing Management
Monday 16th July   
Professional Associations 
Monday 20th Aug   
Teacher Registration Board
Department of Education
Human Resources/recruitment
Reflections and Wrap Up

Teaching Schools Coordinator – Pauline Schober pauline.schober@cdu.edu.au  phone 8946 6908

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.