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COVID-19 Update

NOTE: UniSA has been proactive in its response to COVID-19 and has had protocols in place since January 2020 for students attending placements. This information is being updated regularly in line with federal and state advice. For the most up-to-date information on how UniSA is responding to COVID-19, please access our website here.

Professional experience placement courses differ from most other courses as they include course work on campus as well as learning time at educational sites through placements. Depending on your program, placements can take place in a variety of care and school settings, including in rural and remote locations. Placements enable first-hand experience of the teaching profession and help develop your understanding of teaching contexts and of different teaching roles.

Placements help you put your university course work into practice and integrate learnings from your placement and supervising teacher/s back into your course work. Over time you will become more involved with all aspects of teaching, including planning, teaching and evaluating learning experiences, preparing learning materials, addressing student needs, maintaining appropriate behaviour and engaging with extracurricular activities. During placements you will also experience a professional community of teachers, and will undertake yard duty, attend staff meetings and participate in professional development where appropriate.

You must be adequately prepared for placements. Understanding all aspects of your placement gives you the maximum benefit from this valuable learning experience and ensures that all places in host school communities are filled with appropriately prepared preservice teachers (PSTs).

At the heart of the teaching profession in South Australia is a commitment to the education, learning, protection and wellbeing of learners that is aligned with the Teacher’s Registration Board of South Australia code of ethics. During your placement you are representing UniSA as a preservice teacher and as a visitor to the site, and it is expected that you will behave professionally at all times and in accordance with the Australian Professional Standards of Teachers. While engaged in formal professional experience placements or work integrated learning experiences, PSTs are required to embody integrity, respect and responsibility aligned with the Teachers Registration Board code of ethics and the UniSA Code of Conduct for Students.

Your responsibilities

As a Preservice Teacher (PST) entering the teaching profession, it is your responsibility to monitor and provide evidence that you meet eligibility requirements for professional experience placements. You are responsible for meeting several critical deadlines associated with placement prerequisite requirements to be eligible for placements. View the specific requirements for your course below: 

It is your responsibility to manage all prerequisite requirements by uploading the relevant evidence and documentation to InPlace (login required). The due dates for completing the requirements for each placement will also be communicated by the Professional Experience Office (PEO). Professional experience placements cannot be released until all prerequisites have been met. There are six prerequisite areas. Your personal requirements may vary depending on whether you are enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate course, and which year of your program you are currently in (e.g. a name badge must be obtained in first year, but can then be reused in later years). Failure to meet these requirements by the due dates as advised by the Professional Experience Office could result in you:

  • being ineligible to undertake placement
  • being required to withdraw from the course.

Please note: if course withdrawal takes place after the census date, a fail grade may be recorded for professional experience and this may result in an extension to the duration of your program.

Program details 

  • unisa-student Placement options minus-thin plus-thin

    Having practical classroom experience is important, that’s why we get you to start placements in your first year of study. You will complete up to 105 days of professional experience during your degree in a range of early childhood, primary and secondary settings, with placements offered in both metropolitan and rural schools. You can also choose to complete an education-based internship in your final year or gain an international perspective by participating in an overseas placement.

    Metropolitan placements

    Gain first-hand experience of the teaching profession through a local placement.

    Regional placements

    We are very excited to introduce a new Regional Opportunity Program in 2020.

    Interstate placements

    There is a high demand for interstate placements, so Preservice Teachers need to contact the PEO to advise their preferences as early as possible.

    International placements

    Your studies can be enhanced through international placements and study tours to various international destinations.

    Internship program

    All final year Preservice Teachers (PSTs) at the UniSA are offered an internship opportunity that leads to their final professional experience placement.

    TESOL professional experience

    In the TESOL Professional Experience, PSTs are connected with experienced qualified teachers, recently qualified teachers, and novice PSTs.

    Placement preferences

  • future-student Your commitment minus-thin plus-thin

    Placement hours

    Students are expected to attend all compulsory Professional Experience days from 8.15am—4.30pm (or as required by your site), including blocks which require a continuous, full-time, on-going commitment. Preservice teachers may also be required to attend additional events or activities as requested by sites and schools.

    Placement experience is important and requires a full-time commitment from you (there are no part-time placement options available). You are expected to keep your university schedule clear for placement dates, and to make adequate space with your personal/work schedule so that you can fully commit to your placement. Our school partners need preservice teachers who have the time and energy to commit fully to placement and deserve this commitment from you.

    Placement days

    Undergraduate PSTs commit to undertake an experience spread over four placements (please note: early childhood PSTs will undertake an additional 20 days in a birth—3 setting, bringing their total days of placement to 105).

    Postgraduate PSTs commit to undertake 60 days of professional experience spread across two placements (please note: early childhood PSTs will undertake an additional 20 days in a birth–3 setting, bringing their total days of placement to 80).

    In the lead up to each Professional Experience Placement there are a number of prerequisites and requirements that you need to satisfy before a placement site will be allocated to you. These requirements are detailed in the requirement section. It is your responsibility to ensure you meet the prerequisite requirements by the deadline dates, as advised by the PEO team.

    Commitments by course

  • classroom-teacher-present Managing your placements minus-thin plus-thin

    All placements are managed and allocated through our online tool, InPlace (login required). PSTs can access InPlace to determine the requirements of placement, to view and submit preferences, to review their placement allocation and to determine venue requirements. All relevant placement documentation is managed through InPlace and PSTs can use this tool to check their submitted documentation has been confirmed and verified.

    Placements undertaken by PSTs can be situated in metropolitan areas, greater Adelaide, and regional South Australia, with some opportunity for approved interstate or international placements. We strongly encourage PSTs to consider a placement in regional South Australia.

    All placements and negotiation processes are managed by the PEO team. This ensures PSTs suitability, compliance with placement and initial teacher education program requirements and supports quality system processes. To maintain this quality system, PSTs do not source their own placement.

    Contact the PEO team

Placement requirements

Get in touch

Got questions or need support? Please contact the Professional Experience Office (PEO) by submitting an enquiry below, or calling (08) 8302 6606. Our office hours are 9:00 am–4:00 pm Monday–Friday. 

Contact the PEO