Bachelor of Education (K-12 Teaching)

The Bachelor of Education (K-12) contains 80 days of professional experience in both secondary school and primary school settings. These placements are integrated into EDUC104, EDLT302, EDSP324 and EDSP410.

All professional experience placements in a school setting must meet the following requirements to be counted for placement. The school must:

  • Assess teacher proficiency against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers;
  • Use NESA approved syllabuses or equivalent Australian syllabuses;
  • Be a NESA registered or a NSW Department of Education school (or equivalent interstate settings). For information regarding international schools, please read the OPL's Important Information.

All placements must be in a mainstream classroom unless otherwise specified.

For the secondary components of the course, teacher education students will be required to teach both junior and senior school levels in each placement.

Before undertaking the final placement, all teacher education students in this degree must complete and pass both components of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students.

EDUC104 (PrEx10 Days)

The unit EDUC104 is an innovative approach to the observation placement undertaken by teacher education students by introducing them to foundational theories, principals and skills for effective student and teacher learning. It meets the requirements of 10 days of professional experience by allowing students to observe structured lessons taught by classroom teachers. No school is organised for this placement. More information regarding this unit and its assessment and professional experience requirements can be found on the Course and Units Catalogue.

EDLT302 (PrEx 20 Days)

This Placement and Planning for Effective Learning

This placement is integrated into the unit EDLT302. The unit content is about planning for effective learning, while the placement incorporates what is taught as part of the whole of teaching as described in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.


Specific Information

This is a 20 day block placement in a primary school setting where the teacher education student will be assessed against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.


Placements that can be accepted

  • Mainstream primary classrooms

Placements that cannot be accepted

  • Work in a tutoring agency
  • Work as an au pair
  • Employment as a governess (or equivalent position)
  • Employment as teacher's aide (or equivalent position such as a Learning Support Officer).
  • Release from Face-to- Face (RFF) placements
  • Library placements
  • Distance Education settings
  • Special Education settings

Due to the shorter nature of the combined experiences in the primary and secondary settings, variations to the placements will not usually be granted.

EDSP324 (PrEx20 Days)

This Placement and Classroom Behaviour Management

This placement is integrated into the unit EDSP324. While the unit content is about classroom behaviour management, the placement does not have to be completed in a Special Education setting or behaviour class. Classroom and behaviour management is part of the whole of teaching and is covered in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.


Specific Information

This is a 20 day block placement in a primary or middle school setting where the teacher education student will be assessed against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. The teacher education student will be responsible for a minimum of 12 hours* of teaching per week across the primary school subjects or mixed with their in their curriculum area(s) of study in the Middle School.

*Middle schools may have a varied timetable. Depending upon timetables of the middle school, the teacher education student may have to adjust this to accommodate.


Placements that can be accepted

  • Mainstream primary school classrooms.
  • Accepted middle schools that can meet the minimum requirements for teaching.

Placements that cannot be accepted

  • Placement solely in an area not being studied by the teacher education student
  • Work in a tutoring agency
  • Work as an au pair
  • Employment as a governess (or equivalent position)
  • Employment as teacher's aide (or equivalent position such as a Learning Support Officer).
  • Distance Education settings
  • Special Education settings
EDSP410 (PrEx 30 Days)

Professional Experience and Educating Students in Inclusive Environments

This placement is integrated into the unit EDSP410 and is not a required to be completed in a special or inclusive education setting. Cultural perspectives and understanding, differentiation of curriculum, disability support strategies and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education strategies are included in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.


Specific Information

This placement must be completed in a 30 day block in a secondary school setting where the teacher education student will be assessed against all of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. The teacher education student will be responsible for a minimum of 14 hours* of teaching per week in their curriculum area(s) of study.

Teacher education students will be required to complete the Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment task.

*Depending upon timetables of the school, the teacher education students may have to adjust this to accommodate.


Graduate Level Placements

This is the final placement where the teacher education students is assessed against all of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the Graduate Level as per the requirements of NESA.


Placements that can be accepted

  • Mainstream secondary school classrooms in the teacher education student's curriculum area(s) of study


Placements that cannot be accepted

  • Placement in a primary school classroom
  • Placement solely in an area not being studied by the teacher education student
  • Any placement type that varies from a mainstream classroom setting