Where can I complete my Professional Experience?

South-East Queensland

Most pre-service teachers will be allocated a placement within 90 minutes travel time from their home address.

Locations depend on what you're studying and which sites have offered placements.

Regional, rural and remote Queensland

Regional, rural and remote placements can be a valuable opportunity to experience a different school setting.

There is financial and accommodation assistance available at some locations to help you undertake this experience.

If you're interested in a regional, rural or remote placement, please read the information under ‘Finding a Placement’ on this page and contact peo@qut.edu.au as soon as you enrol to let them know you’d like to complete a rural placement.

States and territories other than Queensland

Pre-service teachers need to be aware that interstate placements are very competitive and can take some time to organise. Unlike metro placements, students are responsible for sourcing their own interstate placement school. Contact the PEO as soon as you enrol in your PEx unit to advise that you intend on completing your placement interstate. They can provide support and advice on sourcing a placement.

If you’re interested in an interstate placement, please read the information under ‘Finding a Placement’ on this page.

International placements

Occasionally overseas institutions invite QUT students to apply for Professional Experience opportunities. Students can also organise their own international placements, however please speak to the Professional Experience team first.

More information about international placements is available from HiQ and under the 'Finding a Placement' information on this page.

Before you start your placement

There are a few things you need to have organised well before placement starts. If you don't, you may have to withdraw from the subject which could delay you completing your degree.

Prerequisites

To undertake professional experience, you must have a GPA of 4.0 or higher. If your GPA is lower than this, the professional experience team will need to decide if you can enrol in the unit.

Before your final professional experience, you must have passed LANTITE. We recommend that BEd students take this test after their first year, and MTeach students take it after their first semester.

Micro-placements

Students who are enrolled in EUB406 (Stepping Out/Teacher Performance Assessment) and EUN240 (Teachers Researching Practice) and not concurrently enrolled in a Professional Experience Unit will be required to complete a 20-day micro-placement in order to facilitate their QTPA.

This experience is not an assessed professional experience placement, however, is subject to the same placement guidelines, policies and rules as any other Professional Experience Placement.  Should a micro-placement be stopped by a school due to a students’ behaviour or professional capability, subject to a Faculty of Education review, the student may not be replaced and unable to submit their QTPA constituting a fail grade for the unit.

Make sure your details are up to date

Make sure your contact details and address are up to date. We will use your current residential address to assist in finding an appropriate placement.

Blue Card/Working With Children Check

In Queensland, anyone working with children under 18 years old must undergo a criminal history check and posses a Blue Card. These are issued by the Queensland Government Blue Card Services and are valid for 3 years.

Before you start your placement, you must have your Blue Card, AND have your Blue Card registered with QUT Student Services.

You must apply for a Blue Card at least 10 weeks before placement starts.

If you haven't applied for a new Blue Card or renewal 10 weeks before placements begin, we will not source a placement for you.

Find out more about applying for a Blue Card on HiQ

If your placement is in another state or country, you will also need to undergo a Working With Children Check with the relevant authority and register this with HiQ.

Make a disclosure

Do any of these situations apply to you? Could they affect your ability to participate fully in your placement? If so, please read more about making a disclosure on HiQ.

  • a disability, injury, health condition (permanent, temporary, episodic or fluctuating)
  • religious or cultural considerations
  • difficult personal circumstances

If you are required to obtain medical clearance for any physical or mental health issues prior to starting professional experience, you may choose to provide your doctor, psychologist or counsellor with the following Medical Clearance Template to help ensure that all the required information is collected for the PEO.

Identify and report conflicts of interest

You are expected to recognise and let us know of any potential conflicts of interest, such as:

  • A spouse, partner, family member or close friend is employed at the site
  • Your own children, or children of family members are enrolled at the site
  • You are already employed at the site in any capacity, including teachers aide, OSHC worker, music / drama / sports tuition

You will not normally be placed at a site where you have identified a potential conflict of interest.

Report any potential conflicts of interest to the Professional Experience team. Failing to report may jeopardise your placement.

Vaccination requirements

COVID-19 Vaccinations

QLD

As per Queensland Government Public Health Orders, there are new Covid 19 vaccine requirements for workers in high risk settings which includes preservice teachers entering education settings (schools, kindergartens and early learning centres). From 23 January 2022, preservice teachers entering these settings must be fully vaccinated, with a minimum of two doses of the Covid 19 vaccination. This is relevant to all professional experience placements, including volunteers such as those completing the SPA programs and internships.

NSW

Under the NSW Public Health Orders (PHO), all people working at a school or early education and care facility must be fully vaccinated by 8 November 2021. According to the PHO, relevant work includes:

  • any work undertaken at a government school or non-government school (this includes work by teachers, support staff, corporate employees, contractors, volunteers andstudents on student placement)
  • any work at an early education and care facility (this includes work by employees, contractors, volunteers and students on student placement).This covers centre-based child care facilities, family day care and school-based child care (after-school or vacation care).

NSW Education Vaccination Requirement

For all other states please refer to your relevant health authority.

ED39 and EU30 (Early Childhood) Vaccinations

In response to industry partner requirements, all ED39 and EU30 (Early Childhood) students must obtain proof of the following vaccinations prior to Professional Experience placements from 1 June 2020.

  • Whooping cough
  • Annual flu vaccine
  • Measles, mumps, rubella
  • Covid-19 (2 doses)
  • Or a certificate of exemption for medical reasons from a GP or specialist doctor

Students failing to provide evidence of vaccinations or a certificate of exemption for medical reasons by placement deadlines (determined each semester), will not be permitted to attend Professional Experience Placements in prior to school settings.

All certificates proving up to date vaccinations must be uploaded to each students’ InPlace profile prior to the semester deadline before PEx placements will be released to each student. Specific industry partners may require certificates to be cited prior to students commencing their placements or require additional induction or infections awareness training be completed prior to a placement commencing. It is the responsibility of each student to ensure this is done prior to attending PEx or you will risk not being allowed to commence.

Workplace health and safety

Set your goals

Prior to starting your placement you need to start planning your goals and objectives for the placement. You will need to provide these goals, along with your contact details, to your Site Coordinator, Supervising Teacher and University Partner as soon as you have been allocated a placement site.

Download the goal setting sheet (PDF file, 533.9 KB)

Prepare your Professional Practice Folder

Pre-service teachers must have a Professional Practice Folder for each Professional Experience placement they undertake. This must be a physical folder which must be made available to their Site Coordinator, Supervising Teacher and University Partner as requested. The pre-service teacher must keep this folder up to date on a daily basis.

Download folder information sheet (PDF file, 76.3 KB)

Finding a placement

In most circumstances, a placement will be found for you. If you wish to complete your professional experience anywhere outside Southeast Queensland, please contact the Professional Experience team as soon as possible. Students are not permitted to approach schools/centres to organise their own placements.

South-East Queensland placements

Regional, rural and remote placements

Interstate placements

International placements

While you're on placement

Find out what will be expected of you before you begin your placement.

Attendance

Communication

Dress

Progress reports

Progression tables

Workplace Health and Safety

Discrimination

Legal responsibilities

Discontinuing your placement

Academic and personal support services

Permission to Teach

Primary Specialisations

Support for students on professional experience

Grant-Smith, Deanna, Gillett-Swan, Jenna, & Chapman, Renee (2017) WIL Wellbeing: Exploring the Impacts of Unpaid Practicum on Student Wellbeing. National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education, Perth, WA.

Grant-Smith, Deanna, de Zwaan, Laura, Chapman, Renee, & Gillett-Swan, Jenna (2018) ‘It’s the worst, but real experience is invaluable’: Pre-service teacher perspectives of the costs and benefits of professional experience. In Heck, Deborah & Ambrosetti, Angelina (Eds.) Teacher education in and for uncertain times. Springer, Singapore, pp. 15-33.

Contact us

Want more information about your classroom experience? Contact the professional experience team.