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Get the anwers to frequently asked questions related to your education placement, Working with Children Check (WWCC), Responding to Abuse and Neglect - Education and Care Foundation Training (RAN-EC) and InPlace.

Placement FAQs

  • Who organises placements? minus-thick plus-thick

    UniSA’s Professional Experience Office (PEO) team works in partnership with educational sites (schools, preschools and childcare centres) to organise placements for approximately 3,000 Preservice Teachers (PSTs) each year across both the Bachelor and Master of Teaching programs.

    The PEO is responsible for managing all aspects of your Professional Experience and our office is based at Magill Campus.

  • Can Preservice Teachers organise their own placement? minus-thick plus-thick

    Preservice Teachers are not permitted to organise their own placements and must not contact schools regarding potential placements. As per your signed agreement on the Professional Experience Placement Agreement Form, it is a breach of policy for Preservice Teachers to negotiate their own placement.

  • How will I be notified of my placement allocation? minus-thick plus-thick

    The PEO aims to release information about placements to all Preservice Teachers in a timely manner prior to the commencement of your block via InPlace (login required). You will receive a notification from InPlace advising you when your placement details are published.

    If you have not met the prerequisite requirement before the deadline your placement details will not be released and you may be advised to withdraw from the relevant course.

  • What are reasons for termination/ withdrawal or fail of placements? minus-thick plus-thick

    Any Preservice Teacher who is deemed by the Principal, Site Coordinator, Supervising Teacher or University Supervisor to be behaving unprofessionally (e.g. unsatisfactory attendance, preparation and/or teaching), or who is compromising the learning of the students/children, will have their placement terminated. In some cases, an immediate termination can occur without going through the Action Plan process. Written documentation is critical evidence in the event that a change to placement is to be considered over a termination. All parties must keep dated, written records to assist this process.

    If a Preservice Teacher does not meet the Standards outlined on the Action Plan by the agreed review date, they will have their placement terminated and will receive a Fail grade for the course.

    Should a Preservice Teacher wish to terminate a placement, this should be discussed with the relevant Course Coordinator before any final decision is made. If a Preservice Teacher chooses to terminate a placement, the course result will reflect an unsatisfactory mark, and a Fail grade will be awarded. Where appropriate, repeating a previously failed/terminated placement is allowed, and the Preservice Teacher can enroll when it the next relevant course is offered.

    Alternate placements are not sought unless there are extenuating circumstances. These circumstances are reviewed by the Special Circumstances Committee.

    Whether you choose to terminate or you fail a placement, you will be required to complete a Contract of Agreement prior to undertaking the placement again.

    Under any of these circumstances, the Preservice Teacher will be advised by the Course Coordinator to contact the Program Director for academic advice and, if required, the Learning and Teaching Unit, for counselling.

    Please note: If a placement is to be terminated, the PEO team must be advised immediately.

  • Are absences allowed? minus-thick plus-thick

    Placements are required to be completed in a full time, continuous sequence. Absences from your Professional Experience placements are only allowed for valid reasons such as illness or compassionate reasons such as the death of a family member or close friend. Holidays or events such as weddings do not constitute valid or compassionate reasons for absence. 

    Any absence longer than five days (including visit days) will be referred to the university (Professional Engagement and Enterprise) and may result in your placement being terminated.

    If you will be absent you must notify the site by 8.00am on the morning of absence and you must also notify your University Supervisor. Any absence during a placement block will need to be made up immediately following the block. The PEO needs to be advised of the dates of your ‘make-up days’ to ensure the insurance for your placement is extended.

    The University of South Australia programs are accredited by the South Australian Teachers Registration Board of South Australia. This accreditation requires 100 days (105 days for ECE) of placement in an undergraduate program and 60 days of placement in a graduate-entry program. We must comply with these requirements to maintain this accreditation, therefore days missed must be made up in a continuous time frame at the end of a placement block to ensure the appropriate number of days are completed. This is a requirement for Preservice Teachers to graduate from the respective programs.

    Preservice Teachers in the early childhood strand must complete 100 days in the undergraduate program and 80 days in the postgraduate program to meet Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACEQUA) requirements.

    Any request for variation to a Professional Experience placement must be made by completing the Request to Variation form available by contacting the PEO by email at EDC-Placement@unisa.edu.au.

    Variations to placement are only granted in exceptional circumstances. Documentary evidence will be required to support any requests.

  • I am an international student – are there any support programs? minus-thick plus-thick

    Yes, the University of South Australia offers a Master of Teaching – ECE Bridging Program.

    UniSA recognises the increased challenge for international Preservice Teachers doing professional experience placements, as well as the increased effort required by supervising teachers and site coordinators in supporting and guiding international Preservice Teachers.

    The Master of Teaching-ECE Bridging Program aims to support domestic and international Preservice Teachers in the MMET-ECE Program through this connected program that runs alongside junior primary placements at one school site. The intent of the program is to foster professional development and to enable you to enrich the school by sharing your global and cultural experiences. 

    As part of this program, you will complete ten days of bridging activity prior to your professional experience placement block. The days are non-assessed and separate from the formal placements. You will engage in school-based activities to support teachers and children, without the typical formal assessment requirements.

    The activities will vary between schools, and placements will be made based on where there is a need for extra support.

    The University’s academic and professional staff work closely with Preservice Teachers, school site coordinators, and teachers to support this initiative.

    Academic staff run workshops focusing on specific aspects of teaching practice including professional communication, behaviour support, and preparation for teach small groups. Teachers and site coordinators are also invited to attend and/or facilitate professional development workshops in partnership with academic staff.

    Please contact the PEO for more information. 

    Celebrating cultural diversity

    UniSA promotes inclusive education in practice through the Celebrating Cultural Diversity (CCD) program. The CCD program supports international Preservice Teachers to experience success in professional experience placements.

  • Are there any scholarship and grant opportunities available? minus-thick plus-thick

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InPlace FAQs

  • How do I access InPlace? minus-thick plus-thick

    Open Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome and type in the following web address: https:\\unisa-prod.inplace.com.au. Please note that InPlace is not optimised for Internet Explorer.

  • How do I log in to InPlace? minus-thick plus-thick
    1. Open InPlace using either Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome
    2. Click on Staff and Students and you will be directed to the log in screen
    3. Enter your UniSA student username and password
    4. When you log into InPlace for the first time you will need to accept the terms and conditions in order to use the system.

    In Place Image 1In Place Log in

  • I have forgotten my password, what should I do? minus-thick plus-thick

    For information about password security and resetting your password please visit AskIT.

  • How do I submit my location preference? minus-thick plus-thick

    Please refer to the InPlace user guide for information about how to submit your preferences.

  • How do I change my preferences? minus-thick plus-thick

    During the preferencing period you can log into InPlace and make changes. After the preference deadline date you will no longer be able to view your location preferences. If you want to keep a record of the preferences you have submitted please take a screenshot or write them down.

  • How do I preference middle years’ experience? minus-thick plus-thick

    Please refer to the InPlace user guide for information about how to preference middle years experience.

  • How do I apply for an internship opportunity? minus-thick plus-thick

    Please refer to the InPlace user guide for information about how to apply for internship opportunities.

  • How do I submit evidence of meeting my prerequisites? minus-thick plus-thick

    Please refer to the InPlace user guide for information about how to submit evidence you have met all prerequisites for an internship.

    Understanding the Prerequisite Evidence Verification Process

    After you upload your prerequisite evidence it must be verified by the PEO. InPlace automatically notifies the PEO of your upload. Please allow two business days for your documents to be verified. It is your responsibility to ensure your documents are verified and have not been rejected. Please read the Verification Comments section on the home screen, which will display if your document has been rejected.

    Initial Upload

    The initial upload of a document will appear as a blue status bar. Once uploaded, InPlace will automatically set the status to Submitted and the document will be sent for verification by the PEO.

    Approved Upload

    If your document is approved the verified status bar will turn green and be set to Verified. No further action is required.

    Rejected Upload

    If your document has not met the requirement standards, or you have failed to attach the appropriate documentation, the verified status bar will turn red and be set to Rejected. You will need to note and action the PEO comments displayed in Verification Comments on the home screen.

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    Home Screen – To Do – Verification Rejected

    InPlace’s To Do widget alerts you when your upload does not meet the appropriate requirement. You are required to action the ‘Verification Feedback’ provided by the PEO.

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    Home Screen – To Do – Placement Requirements Required

    InPlace’s To Do widget will also alert you when there are outstanding placement requirements that require action from you.

    Approved Upload

    After your document is approved the verified status bar will turn green and be set to Verified. You don’t need to take any further action.

  • Why can’t I see my Placement allocation? minus-thick plus-thick

    You cannot view your allocated placement until you have met all the prerequisite requirements for placement. Please upload your prerequisites to InPlace and allow 48hrs for PEO staff to verify and update the status.

  • How long does it take for my prerequisites to be verified? minus-thick plus-thick

    Please allow up to two business days for your prerequisite documents to be verified and updated by PEO staff. After two days we recommend you log into InPlace to ensure that documents have been recorded correctly, verified, and set to yes. If your document has been rejected, please read the comments entered by PEO staff and follow the instructions provided.

  • How do I submit my Assessment Report Comments? minus-thick plus-thick

    Please refer to the InPlace user guide for information about how to enter assessment report comments.

Glossary

  • Abbreviations and acronyms minus-thick plus-thick

    A

    Assessment Policies and Procedures Manual (APPM)

    Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST)

    Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)

    Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

    Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)

    B

    Basic Emergency Life Support (BELS)

    C

    Child Related Employment Screening (CRES)

    Council of Australian Governments (CAG)

    D

    Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) now known as Department of Human Services (DHS)

    Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR)

    Department of Human Services (DHS) formerly Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI)

    E

    Early Childhood Development (ECD)

    Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)

    I

    Initial teacher education (ITE)

    L

    Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE)

    P

    Preservice Teacher (PST)

    Professional Experience Office (PEO)

    R

    Reporting Abuse and Neglect (RAN)

    Responding to Abuse and Neglect- Education and Care Foundation Training (RAN-EC)

    S

    SA Police (SAPOL)

    T

    Teaching for Effective Learning Framework (TfEL)

    Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA)

    Teachers Registration Board (TRB)

    Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

    U

    University of South Australia (UniSA)

    W

    Working with Children Check (WWCC)

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. 

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