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Professional experience

Professional experience is a vital component of every initial teacher education program and includes supervised professional experience, wider field experiences and/or internships. It involves actively engaging in all aspects of the teaching process, in different school settings, and with a range of learners.

The minimum professional experience requirements are established by the Queensland College of Teachers External Link.

In most instances, professional experience placements are organised by the professional experience team in each Higher Education Institution (HEI). These teams negotiate directly with schools across Queensland to ensure all preservice teachers complete the minimum professional experience requirements for teacher registration.

The Queensland Consortium for Professional Experiences in Preservice Teacher Education (QCPEPTE) External Link provides an opportunity for Queensland's HEIs to work collaboratively on issues related to professional experiences for preservice teachers.

Professional experience partnership agreements

The Professional Experience Partnership Agreement has been developed between the Department of Education and Training, Independent Schools Queensland External Link, the Queensland Catholic Education Commission External Link and each of the ten Queensland Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) that provide initial teacher education programs.

The agreements demonstrate a shared commitment between Queensland higher education institutions and the state and non-state schooling sectors to provide quality professional experiences for preservice teachers and to support supervising teachers and schools providing these opportunities.

Professional experience reporting framework

A common Professional Experience Reporting Framework Adobe PDF document874K has been developed in Queensland to:

The Framework reflects the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers External Link graduate career stage and will be available from Semester 2, 2015.

Professional experience in rural and remote areas

Preservice teachers should consider completing at least one professional experience in a school in a regional, rural or remote location.

Many schools in regional, rural and remote locations welcome the opportunity to support a preservice teacher and to engage them in their school community. This support may include assistance with transport, accommodation and living expenses.

The department's Beyond the Range - Professional Experience Grants support high-achieving preservice teachers to undertake a professional experience placement in a rural or remote Queensland state school. As well as accessing generous financial assistance, recipients will receive additional support during their placements.

Additionally, Teach Rural provides information about the opportunities for preservice teachers in rural and remote communities.

Graduate expectations

The graduate expectations Adobe PDF document1.1M publicly acknowledge the skills, knowledge and attributes critical for a high-performing graduate. Graduate teachers who demonstrate these expectations will be well positioned to gain employment as a teacher in a Queensland school.

Supervision and mentoring teachers

There are a broad range of supervision and mentoring resources currently available online to support mentor and supervising teachers.

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This page was last reviewed on 12 Nov 2015

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