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Professional experience placements

Get into the classroom sooner

Get into classrooms, schools and early childhood centres sooner with professional experience placements. You’ll be mentored by experienced teachers and develop the skills and practical experience you need for a successful and rewarding teaching career.

Gain practical experience on a teaching placement

Professional experience placements start in your first year, meaning you’ll progressively develop your skills over multiple placement experiences in your course. You’ll gain practical, real classroom expertise in assessing and reporting student learning progress alongside industry leaders. You’ll also engage professionally with your future colleagues, parents, and the wider school community.

How we’ll find you the perfect school placement

With a network of over 6000 schools and early childhood centres across Australia, we’ll arrange your placements and ensure you graduate with at least 60 days of placement. You’ll graduate with the skills and confidence needed to inspire the next generation.

How does it work?

We’ll contact you for some initial information and paperwork to find the right placement based on your teaching areas, skills, residential location and mode of transport.

You may even be placed within our alliance network of almost 150 schools, providing additional support and opportunity. This is unique to Deakin – our alliance partners in three of our campus areas (Geelong, Melbourne, Warrnambool) provide pre-teachers with placement opportunities in local schools.

The most rewarding part of studying at Deakin is seeing how far my confidence has come on placement. The theory that we’ve learnt has been practical and has really set us up for success on placement and as graduate teachers.

Philippa Barclay

Bachelor of Health and Physical Education student

Our teaching academies and alliances

Deakin partners with school leaders in Melbourne, Geelong and Warrnambool to deliver an enhanced model for pre-teacher education. Deakin alliances have improved the way we align our Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programs with local schools. We work in genuine partnership to build mentoring capacity, develop research projects and provide professional development opportunities.

Where are our teaching academies and alliances located?

Three Deakin teaching academies have been established across Melbourne, Geelong and Warrnambool. Each of the academies includes a smaller ‘alliance’ of primary and secondary schools.

Advantages of the Deakin alliance network

Our unique model helps strengthen and support pre-service teacher education in ways that align to school improvement. Every school in the network has been identified as a high-impact provider engaging in exceptional practice and leading the development of evidence-based teachers. You’ll benefit from:

  • additional mentoring and development support
  • additional support via a site director
  • the opportunity to receive a preferred place and, at some schools, an exclusive placement
  • evidence-based assessment strategies
  • opportunities to enhance pedagogical practice.

Explore education courses

Gain the practical skills to shape young minds through early childhood, primary and secondary school education.

Rural teaching experiences

Rural teaching experiences

Deakin provides additional funding and support for pre-service teachers who choose professional experience programs in rural communities. Through our alliance programs, you can participate in rural education immersion experiences that involve teaching in the Horsham Wimmera region or Warrnambool’s south coast.

How you can plan ahead for your placement

It’s important to plan ahead for your professional experience placement while you complete your teaching course. The following is a check list to get you started:

  1. Obtain a Working with Children Check

    Under the Working with Children Act 2005 (VIC) a student teacher must obtain a Working with Children Check (WWCC) before commencing a placement in a school. Your WWCC must remain current throughout your course. Learn more about the Working with Children Check.

  2. Complete the 'Safer Learners' online training package

    When you are a teacher in training, you’ll have access to this upon enrolment.

  3. Upload your InPlace details

    This includes your address, personal details and personal preferences. This is an internal system which helps us to manage student details on placement.

  4. Review the policies and guidelines

    Familiarise yourself with our policy and guidelines for pre-service teachers to ensure clarity in all processes incorporated during placement.

  5. Check the placement calendar for your course

    You can find this on the student professional experience webpage.

  6. Attend or view your pre-placement briefing

    This will be listed on the professional experience CloudDeakin unit site.

  7. Pass the Literacy and Numeracy Tests for Initial Teacher Education Students

    You’re required to pass both the Literacy and Numeracy Tests for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE). This is an externally administered test that must be completed within the first trimester of study.

Contact us

If you have any questions about teaching professional placements, please email the School of Education.