Professional experience is essential for preservice teachers to develop and demonstrate their skills in the classroom. It is the critical component of an initial teacher education program because it gives preservice teachers structured opportunities to:
Above all else, professional experience is a period of workplace-based learning.
Schools play an important role in supporting initial teacher education and contributing to the learning experiences of preservice teachers by providing professional experience placements. They give preservice teachers the chance to develop, practise, demonstrate and understand the impact of their teaching skills in a range of settings with a range of learners.
The main school-based roles for a professional experience are:
The relationships between preservice teachers, higher education institution placement staff, the school site coordinator and the supervising teacher are critical to the effectiveness of placements.
The keys to a quality professional experience placement include:
Professional experience provides opportunities for preservice teachers, their supervising teachers and site coordinators to gather evidence of engagement in planning for a diverse range of students, teaching the required curriculum and managing learning environments, as well as assessing student learning.
For further assistance, please email the Teacher Sourcing Unit
This page was last reviewed on 29 Jun 2017