Professional Experience

PE1 2018: 4 June – 29 June 2018
PE2/Internship 2017: 15 October – 14 December 2018

Professional Experience is the central component of all pre-service programs. It is where theory and practice is integrated and inter-related. This critical component sees the School of Education and schools working collaboratively to ensure student teachers can demonstrate achievement of the National Teaching Standards.

Undergraduate

BABEd | BScBEd | BEcBEd | BMusBEd | BComBEd | BFABEd | BMA BED (Hons) | BDesBEd (Hons)

  • EDST6760 Professional Experience 1 - 20 days
  • EDST6761Professional Experience 2/Internship - 45 days
  • EDST2002 Professional Engagement - 15 days
  • TOTAL = 80 days

Postgraduate

Master of Teaching

  • EDST6760 Professional Experience 1- 20 days
  • EDST6761 Professional Experience 2/Internship - 45 days
  • TOTAL = 65 days

Through careful observation and supervised teaching, Professional Experience enables pre-service teachers to develop the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to plan for and manage successful classrooms. It aims to develop a strong commitment, enthusiasm and respect for the teaching profession and encourages pre-service teachers to engage with the broader community.

Professional Experience is undertaken in a variety of secondary school settings, as required by the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES), ensuring a diverse range of experiences in year levels and subjects taught, educational sectors (DET, independent, Catholic and other denominations), geographical location (inner city, outer suburbs, rural), and socio-economic profile of the school.

Professional Experience begins with 3 days of observation followed by a specified number of days of teaching experience. Observation of lessons enables pre-service teachers to see various teaching styles and strategies and to get to know the school and the students he/she will teach. By observing teachers of these classes, the pre-service teacher will become familiar with the management, planning and sequencing of lessons in those classes. During this period, pre-service teachers should also gain an understanding of the range of activities that occurs both inside and outside the classroom, and the roles of the teaching and non-teaching staff within the school. Observation of lessons must continue throughout Professional Experience after the formal observation period is complete.