Education professional experience

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

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

In 'Education professional experience':

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:

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.

Professional experience opportunities

Every year the College of 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:

Photo by Vanessa Nobrega

Max Barker, a VU education student at an East Timor school while on study tour

Bulldogs Friendly Schools Program

Project partnerships

College of Education students undertaking professional experience at a child care centre.

Project Partnerships is an innovative approach which focuses on collaborative partnerships between the College of 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’ while in a school/setting which is developed to improve the learning outcomes of all students, or a targeted group of students, at the setting. Some teacher education courses in the College of Education at Victoria University may utilise an alternative approach due to course or setting requirements.

Partnership options

College of Education student undertaking professional experience at a child care centre.

Victoria University has over 900 partnerships with a broad range of settings across Victoria including:

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

Current Education students and partners

If you are a current Education student or a partner school/centre with VU students doing professional experience with you, you can access our Project Partnerships website for all professional experience/project partnership documentation.

Contact us

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

Julie Matthews
Education Partnerships Manager, College of Education
Phone: +61 3 9919 5971
Email: julie.matthews@vu.edu.au

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