Professional experience (Bentley and regional)

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You will be placed into a different setting (such as a school or early learning centre) on each professional experience placement, in order to develop skills in a wide variety of learning environments. You may seek placement in State, Catholic or Independent schools.

Office of Professional Experience Administration - Bentley, Western Australia Campus

Email: Professional.Experience@curtin.edu.au

Professional Experience Placement Officers – Bentley Campus

Megan Bankes
Tel: +61 8 9266 3405
m.bankes@curtin.edu.au

Felicia Tierney
Tel: +61 8 9266 2042
Felicia.tierney@curtin.edu.au

Glenys Parkey
Tel: +61 8 9266 3624
G.Parkey@curtin.edu.au

Helen McAullay
Tel: +61 9266 2166
H.McAullay@curtin.edu.au

Frequently Asked Questions Applicable to Bentley and Regional students only

1. Do we have to do a professional experience placement?

Yes; it is a requirement for professional registration for students to undertake some days and full-time continuous block weeks of professional observation or experience. None of the professional experience placements can be broken or split into shorter periods. The dates of these are stipulated in the School of Education’s professional experience calendars:

2. Can I do a practicum placement in the school where I work?
No. Students are not permitted to:

  • undertake professional experience in schools where family members are on staff or attending as pupils
  • undertake professional experience in their place of work
  • be paid for professional experience.

Students must:

  • undertake professional experience at different locations.
  • undertake professional experience in different year levels.

Special considerations for professional experience must be directed to the Course Coordinator.

3. Can I do a prac overseas?

No more than 25% of professional experience days may be undertaken in schools outside Australia. Therefore, students will only be able to complete one 3 week placement outside Australia and will be required to complete all other placements within Australia.

4. Do we have a choice in where we might go to undertake our professional experience?

No. The School of Education does have constraints on the schools in which you might undertake your pre-service experience:

a. some schools are allocated to other universities
b. the University hopes to expose you to a range of schools, year groups and systems to ensure you are well-prepared to teach in any school after you graduate.
c. The School of Education is keen to have City-based students consider the possibility of a rural or remote practicum during their courses.
d. Students cannot be placed at a school where they have close family or friends employed as staff.
e. Students cannot be placed at a school where their siblings or children attend.

5. Can I work as a teacher in Term 3 having finished my Internship and my studies?

Yes; if you have successfully completed all requirements of the degree in semester 1.
For accurate information on the registration and employment process please contact the Teachers Registration Board of WA (TRBWA)

6. Can I work as a teacher in Term 4 having finished my Internship and my studies?

Yes; if you have successfully completed all requirements of the degree in Quarter 3.
For accurate information on the registration and employment process please contact the Teachers Registration Board of WA (TRBWA)

7. Am I able to change the dates for when I go out on prac?

No, the School of Education arranges specific dates for professional experience and students must adhere to these dates. Please read the Fieldwork manual and Assessment and student progression manual.

8. How do I obtain my Student Name Badge?

Students on the Bentley campus can order name badges from the Student Guild Copy and Design office situated in building 106B.

Regional students can lodge an order form with the Student Guild Copy and Design office by fax or email.

9. How do I arrange to have my final academic transcript sent to TRBWA and DoE?

At the end of each study period (Semesters 1, 2 and Quarter 3) the School of Education sends an interim Academic Transcript of completion to Teachers Registration Board of WA (TRBWA) and the Department of Education on behalf of the students who have successfully completed the degree

10. Can I approach a school myself?

No, not for official professional experience placements. Students can, however, approach a school as a volunteer but will not be presenting as a Curtin student, nor be covered by Curtin insurance.

11. How do I know if my paperwork has been received and filed?

You can always email Professional.Experience@curtin.edu.au and ask them check this for you.

12. How do I request a particular type of school (e.g. Catholic) or location (e.g. country town)

Early in your course you are asked to complete a Personal Data Sheet/Professional Experience Enrolment Form giving this information. If anything changes in your circumstances you are asked to up-date this at the Office of Professional Experience.

13. If I’m from the country can I go home to do a prac?

It may be possible to accommodate this for one professional experience placement. However, this would require special arrangements to be put in place.

14. What support or options are available to students who fail pracs or need to repeat them or have deferred them on medical grounds?

Depending upon the situation, the university offers a range of support structures for students, including opportunities to repeat the practicum or the unit associated with the practicum. However, failure twice will result in termination in the course.

15. What clearances do I require before I go on prac?

  • Working with Children Check
  • Department of Education “National Criminal History Record Check”
  • Curtin Insurance Form
  • Curtin Code of Conduct

16. If I am a Fully On-line Midland or Armadale student (or reside in the metro area), who organises my prac placement?

The Bentley Professional Experience Office will place all students living in the metropolitan area requiring a practical placement in the metropolitan or regional area.

Schools

1. Do I get paid to take a pre-service teacher?

Yes. The University does pay Mentor Teachers to take pre-service teachers. However, given the costs associated with this aspect of their studies, the University pays only for the days the students are in the classroom for the block placement.

2. What is the process if a teacher or supervisor (or student) is concerned about a student’s progress during a prac?

There are a variety of processes. In the first instance all concerns should be directed to the Office of Professional Experience and each case will be addressed according to the degree of concern.