Professional experience needs to be undertaken in as 'diverse a range of settings as practicable' (AITSL, 2021). Unless there are extenuating circumstances, each placement must be in a different setting (site, school, centre). If there are extenuating circumstances, a maximum of two professional experience placements in one school/centre (each with a different mentor and class) may be approved.
Providing that all professional experience requirements can be met, pre-service teachers may undertake one placement*in any of the following settings:
- remote Aboriginal education
- Christian education
- Steiner or Montessori education
- outdoor education
- environmental education
- distance education
- special education
*Note: Requests to undertake the final professional experience placement in a special needs school, alternative or specialist setting are rarely approved as it can be challenging to meet the unit requirements in these settings.
Placements in remote Aboriginal, Christian, and special education settings have particular requirements.
Remote Aboriginal education
Education placements in remote Aboriginal communities are for pre-service teachers who have an interest in, and understanding of, teaching Aboriginal students whose first language and/or dialect is other than English.
Pre-service teachers may be eligible for a one-off remote education placement travel grant to cover travel and accommodation expenses up to $1,000 (when booked by the InSchool team). Please complete the remote education placement travel grant expression of interest (DOCX, 450.26 KB) and email to email@example.com
Pre-service teachers who are practicing Christians are encouraged to undertake a placement in a Christian school. Practicing Christians are defined as those who regularly attend church, are involved with other Christians in the community, and teach the Christian ethos. They show respect for other religions, practice the professional code of ethics, and regularly engage in religious activities.
To ensure that you are the right fit, some Christian schools request a signed statement of faith and interview pre-service teachers prior to agreeing to mentor them.
Teaching children with special needs is a specialist teaching area that requires specific knowledge and skills. Therefore, to be placed in a special education setting it is vital that:
- you have prior experience, or an interest and understanding, of teaching children with special needs.
- the requirements of the placement can be met.
To ensure that you are the right fit, some special education settings interview pre-service teachers prior to agreeing to mentor them.
If you are interested in undertaking a placement in an alternative or specialist school, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the following information:
- your student number
- the name and unit code of the placement unit
- the name of the course you enrolled in
- the setting you are interested in (e.g., distance education)
- prior experience and/or understanding of teaching students in this setting
- why you are interested in undertaking your placement in this setting.