All teacher education courses in VU's College of Arts & Education include professional experience and supervised teaching practice in schools.

Other courses in the College of Arts & Education, such as early childhood and youth work courses, also involve placements in professional settings.

Courses with professional placement

Students who are pre-service teachers are required to successfully complete placement in a professional setting as part of their course.

This includes pre-service teachers in the following courses:

These placements will take place in one of our 900 partner organisations that include:

  • childcare centres
  • pre-school centres
  • kindergartens
  • primary schools
  • secondary schools
  • alternative or special schools
  • community organisations.

Professional experience opportunities

Every year the College of Arts & Education offers a range of options for professional experience (including, but not limited to, the below list). Pre-service teachers, if eligible, may express an interest in the following programs:

Project partnerships

Project Partnerships uses collaborative partnerships between the College of Arts & Education at Victoria University and early childhood, primary and secondary schools/sites throughout Victoria.

The key focus of Project Partnerships is enhancing the learning of school/site students in these partnership settings and supporting pre-service teacher and teacher education.

This involves pre-service teachers working on an agreed ‘Applied Curriculum Project’ in a school/setting, developed to improve the learning outcomes of all students, or a targeted group of students, at the setting.

Some of our teacher education courses may take an alternative approach due to course or setting requirements.

International placements

Bachelor of Education students have participated in international placements in China, Malaysia, Timor Leste, and Indonesia.

These programs are subsidised by the Australian Government AsiaBound, and New Colombo Plan schemes.

International placements are demanding, but rewarding. You'll engage in a series of preparatory university classes, and then get support to travel in a group to our partner universities and immerse yourself in a different language and culture for two to three weeks.

You'll study the local language, and complete the elective unit AEB2303 Teaching and Learning in International Contexts while abroad. You'll also complete 10-14 days of placement in a local school, teaching English, while gaining credit towards your professional placement requirements.

Expressions of interest

Opportunities to head overseas on an international placement will be advertised throughout the year via email from the College.

Expressions of interest can be submitted as a response to these emails.

"Travelling to Indonesia as a pre-service teacher has been an invaluable experience that has opened up a whole perspectives about teaching, language and culture. I feel like I am more equipped to teach in schools after experiencing and developing my teaching schools while on the Study Tour."

Adam Devenish, 2nd Year BEd (P-12) student

"This tour study has been the best thing I have done over this course, the experiences we encounter cannot be taught in a classroom or read in a book they must be lived. I learnt more from these students than I could ever teach them."

Jessia Boucher, 4th Year BEd (P-12) student

Assessment of professional experience

Teacher Education courses are accredited against the AITSL - Australian National Professional Standards for Teachers by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). Students must meet all of the standards, including the professional experience requirements, before they can register as a teacher with the VIT.

For further information regarding Teacher Registration in Victoria, visit the VIT website.

Contact us

For more information about professional experience placements and partnerships within the College of Arts & Education, please contact:

Maree Wheelens
Head of Project Partnerships, College of Arts & Education
Phone: +61 3 9919 5566
Email: maree.wheelens@vu.edu.au