Student FAQ

General

What is the Difference Between ITE and EC?

ITE stands for Initial Teacher Education while EC stands for Early Childhood.

ITE is the name for all teacher education degrees that train people to be teachers in primary and high school settings while EC is the name for all teacher education degrees that train people to be teachers in Early Childhood Education and Care settings. Some EC and ITE degrees cross over so will be
referring to both, i.e. the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary).

There are certain requirements for ITE and EC degrees that are the same and some that are different. For Example, pre-placement eligibility is the the same for EC and ITE* - Anaphylaxis, Child Protection and Working With Children Check - but the Literacy and Numeracy tests requirement before the final placement is ONLY a requirement for ITE students (and students studying the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)).

Please contact the Office for Professional Learning for further advice.

*Certain units, centres or schools will have extra requirements before placement can be undertaken.

How Many Placements Will I Need to Complete?

To find out about the professional experience requirements for your degree of study, the Courses and Units Catalogue (CAUC) has all the information you need.

For general advice, please visit the Professional Experience Placement Guide. The Guide is written from information on CAUC, however, information may vary from time to time. If any information on CAUC is different to the Guide, the CAUC will the contain the correct information.

Am I allowed to Complete a Placement Overseas?

Please see the Important Information page. There is a specific section regarding overseas placement on this page.

Will I Be Required to Travel for Placement?

There are many students seeking placement in schools, centres and agencies, not only other UNE education students but also students from other universities. This makes securing placements across the state competitive. Schools, centres and agencies will determine if they have the capacity to accept a UNE education student when approached by the Office for Professional Learning. Therefore, you will need to be flexible when negotiating placements.

Education students will be expected to travel for placement. This will mean accepting placements up to 110km or 90 minutes from their place of residence. Students bare the cost of this travel.

Before Professional Experience Requirements

What Will I Need Before I Can Begin Placement?

To find out pre-placement requirements, please read the Important Information section titled Eligibility to Undertake Professional Experience

What are the Literacy and Numeracy Tests?

The Literacy and Numeracy Tests are test required to be completed and passed before an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) student can undertake their final placement. The tests are mandated by the New South Wales Education Standards Authority.

Early Childhood (EC) students do not require the test to complete their final placement (unless they are studying the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)).

More information is available on available on the Important Information page under the section Literacy and Numeracy Tests.

The tests are administered by ACER.

What Will I Need to Plan for Before I Undertake Placements?

The first thing to do is log into the PREXUS site. This will contain all the information for your upcoming placement.

Placement settings that have accepted you for professional experience are taking time out of their usual routine to accommodate you for placement. It is for this reason professional experience requires full commitment to the placement in a school, centre or agency. Childcare, work, travel and other arrangements must be catered for during this time so this commitment to the placement setting is not hindered by other factors. This requires planning before the placement begins.

You will be required to shadow your supervising teacher, start early and stay late for professional experience, attend all staff meetings and planning sessions, and complete all marking and reflections each day.

When Are Placements Undertaken?

There are certain placement times each year. For more information, log into the PREXUS site.

Where is the Placement Information?

All professional experience information is on the PREXUS. Log into PREXUS to find out more.

How do I find a Placement?

All information regarding how to arrange a placement is on PREXUS. Log into PREXUS to find out more.

Placement Requirements

Will I Be Required to Travel for Placement?

There are many students seeking placement in schools, centres and agencies, not only other UNE education students but also students from other universities. This makes securing placements across the state competitive. Schools, centres and agencies will determine if they have the capacity to accept a UNE education student when approached by the Office for Professional Learning. Therefore, you will need to be flexible when negotiating placements.

Education students will be expected to travel for placement. This will mean accepting placements up to 110km or 90 minutes from their place of residence. Students bare the cost of this travel.

What Will I Need to Wear on Placement?

You should dress in a manner that befits the setting in which you are placed. With that said, each setting should have their own dress code. You will be required to dress in attire in line with the setting's policy. Please ensure you talk to your supervising teacher about dress before you begin the placement.

What Will I Need to Do While on Placement?

All professional experience information is on the PREXUS. Log into PREXUS to find out more.

Compliance

What are the Literacy and Numeracy Tests?

The Literacy and Numeracy Tests are test required to be completed and passed before an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) student can undertake their final placement. The tests are mandated by the New South Wales Education Standards Authority.

Early Childhood (EC) students do not require the test to complete their final placement (unless they are studying the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)).

More information is available on available on the Important Information page under the section Literacy and Numeracy Tests.

The tests are administered by ACER.

What Will I Need Before I Can Begin Placement?

To find out pre-placement requirements, please read the Important Information section titled Eligibility to Undertake Professional Experience

Is There Anything I Need to Know About the Graduate (Final) Placement? - ITE Degrees

In your final placement you will be assessed against all of the Graduate Standards and Focus Areas. This placement reflects the apex of your teacher training and by the end of the placement, you should be deemed employable and equipped to enter the teaching profession.

For this reason, all ITE students are required to complete the placement in a full-time block. Additionally, students employed Conditionally in a school will need to negotiate this final placement in an educational setting outside of their current place of work.

Final and graduate placements cannot be completed outside of Australia, without exception.

Can I Complete Placement Where I Currently Work?

The short answer is yes, however, not all placement.

For ITE students, placements in schools may be approved for completion in the place in which you are currently working as a conditionally accredited teacher (In-service placement), with exception to the final placement. The Professional Experience Policy contains this information and the PREXUS site contain checklist for In-service eligibility.

For EC students, most placement can be completed in your current place of work, however, there are some that cannot. Please check the Professional Experience Placement Guide to find out which placements cannot be completed in your current place of employment.