Guidelines for Partial Credit or Advanced Standing for Professional Experience for Education students

Students may apply for Partial Credit or Advanced Standing for the Professional Experience component of a unit if they are seeking Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) for experience either through previous work experience in an educational setting, educational professional experience at another tertiary educational institution or credit for previous professional experience while studying at UNE. The term Partial Credit is applicable to students who are enrolled in Education courses from 2013 inclusive and have embedded placement as part of their degree.

Previous Work Experience in an International Educational Setting

Past teaching experience(s) in an international setting may be counted towards Advanced Standing or Partial Credit for professional experience units where the applicant can document that they were able to develop knowledge, understanding and skills required to address the needs of students and that this experience aligns with Australian teaching requirements. Eligibility criteria is as follows:

  • Equivalent Australian syllabuses were used; and
  • English language was the medium of instruction.

For your application to be assessed, UNE requires the following:

  1. Signed letters from your international employer, on business letterhead, stating your role and responsibilities, the syllabus used and what subjects you were required to teach as part of the your everyday workload;
  2. A statement of competence from your employer with regard to (1);
  3. Confirmation that your workload matched that of a full-time teaching load in Australia and that it covers most of the Key Learning Areas for Primary or the relevant subject areas for Secondary;
  4. Confirmation that the number of days taught in a school is equivalent to or greater than the number of days required for Professional Experience for the unit for which you are applying;
  5. Confirmation that you were not employed as a teacher's aide, paraprofessional or equivalent position in the school; and,
  6. Confirmation that the experience is no more than five (5) years ago.

This international RPL will likely only count for one placement and will be applied to one of the first placements so the student can demonstrate their proficiency in an Australian school in Australia using the Australian curriculum. In line with NESA and UNE policies, no RPL can be granted for the final placement.

Early Childhood and Recognised Prior Experience

Students seeking credit for prior learning or work experience in an Early Childhood setting must note that under Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), course accreditation and UNE policy, no Advanced Standing or Partial Credit is offered based on previous work experience. Only professional experience placements undertaken at university levels equivalent to that of the current unit of study may support Advanced Standing/Partial Credit.

To apply for Advanced Standing/Partial Credit for units of work completed at another institution for Early Childhood, please visit the Advanced Standing site.

Previous Work Experience in an Australian School Setting

For credit to be granted towards New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) accredited degrees, such as those offered by UNE, applicants also need to demonstrate that they have developed knowledge and experience relevant to these courses, for example:

  • Current Australian syllabuses were used; and
  • English language was the medium of instruction.

For your application to be assessed, UNE requires the following:

  1. Signed letters from your employer, on business letterhead, stating your role and responsibilities, the syllabus used and what subjects you were required to teach as part of the your everyday workload;
  2. A statement of competence from your employer with regard to (1);
  3. Confirmation that your workload matched that of a full-time teaching load in Australia and that it covers most of the Key Learning Areas for Primary or the relevant subject areas for Secondary;
  4. Confirmation that the number of days taught in a school is equivalent to or greater than the number of days required for professional experience for the unit(s) for which you are applying;
  5. Confirmation that you were not employed as a teacher's aide, paraprofessional or equivalent position in the school;
  6. Confirmation that the experience is no more than five (5) years ago; and
  7. Confirmation you were Conditionally or Provisionally accredited as a teacher in an Australian School setting in Australia for this employment.

Applications for Recognised Prior Learning in a school setting need to be submitted through the Advanced Standing website.

Educational Professional Experience at Another Tertiary Educational Institution

If your Partial Credit/Advanced Standing application is based on a professional experience placement undertaken while enrolled at another university or institute, you will need to include professional experience reports demonstrating satisfactory completion and a statement advising the number of days of professional experience (or Practicum) you completed. This documentation must be certified by a Justice of the Peace or other authorised person.

Applications for prior professional experience placements at another tertiary educational institution must be equivalent or exceed the level of teacher training and match the number of days for the unit for which you are applying. No reduction is given for extra days above UNE's requirements. In line with NESA and UNE policies, no RPL can be granted for the final placement.

Applications for previous study at another institution or university must be submitted through the Advanced Standing website.

Recognition of Professional Experience for Units Previously Undertaken in the School of Education

If you have failed an overall unit yet passed its professional experience placement, you may be able to apply for Partial Credit. The School of Education will assess this application for you.

To apply for Partial Credit in this instance, the following two conditions must have occurred:

  1. You have previously undertaken a UNE unit with embedded professional experience; and
  2. Satisfactorily completed the placement and failed the theoretical component and wish to have the professional experience placement recognised.

If you feel you meet the above, please read the online information.

If you have not been enrolled in a UNE unit before and are seeking RPL, information is available at the beginning of this page for your course of action.

Other Information

Conditional Accreditation and Advanced Standing/Partial Credit

Conditionally accredited teachers who are enrolled in an Initial Teacher Education degree are able to apply for Advanced Standing/Partial Credit for the professional experience components of a unit. Current employment may be considered for Advanced Standing/Partial Credit, however, the final professional experience placement must be completed outside of the current place of employment, without exception. Students may be required to take leave or be unavailable to teach for this to occur.

The Two School Rule

All applicants should be aware NESA requires teacher education students complete professional experience in at least two schools. As a result of this, evidence of employment in only one school will mean that applicants will need to complete professional experience in at least one other school over their time of study. Once again, please understand the final professional experience placement must be completed outside of the current place of employment, without exception.

The Final Placement and Advanced Standing or Partial Credit

UNE, in accordance with the NESA guidelines for professional experience, will not grant Advanced Standing/Partial Credit for the final unit of professional experience, as the "final Professional Experience should provide an opportunity for [teacher education students] to consolidate their knowledge of teaching and learning, to demonstrate their capacity to undertake the duties of a teacher and to be assessed as demonstrating all of the relevant Graduate Teacher Standards."

NSW Supplementary Documentation: Professional Experience in Initial Teacher Education

UNE Professional Experience Policy

Documentation Requirements

Any application for Partial Credit/Advanced Standing must include full documentary evidence, as aforementioned, for it to be assessed.

Partial Credit general information for School of Education students can be found here.

Applying for Partial Credit or Advanced Standing

To apply of Advanced Standing, or Partial Credit if you have not studied a unit at UNE, please use the Advanced Standing page.

Units Unable to Be Granted Partial Credit or Advanced Standing/Partial Credit for Professional Experience

To meet certain accreditation requirements, some units cannot be granted as Advanced Standing or Partial Credit.

This list is as follows:

  • Any final placement in an ITE degree
  • EDUC540
  • EDUC550 (unless the theoretical and practical component can be equally demonstrated as having been previously completed).
  • The practical component of the Bachelor of Education (In-Service Conversion) - usually PREX304
  • All specialisations for languages and English as an Additional Language or Dialect
  • Early Childhood units as described in the section titled Early Childhood and Recognised Prior Experience