The Professional Experience Unit manages the teaching practicum placements that are compulsory for students enrolled in many School of Education programs

Professional Experience Unit

Professional Experience in Education

The Professional Experience Unit manages the teaching practicum placements that are compulsory for students enrolled in many School of Education programs. These placements play a critical role in ensuring that our graduates have a the prerequisite knowledge, skills and dispositions for a successful career in teaching.

To view professional experience placements, go to the SONIA Placement System.


Student placement information


Placement requirements

In order for students to attend a placement in a NSW Department of Education and Communities facility or other NSW school or service, all students must meet the following criteria... read placement requirements.


Before the Professional Experience

See important information for students before they undertake their placement, including information on unacceptable placements, out of area placements and pregnancy - potential risks and requirements.


At the placement

See important information for students during their placement, including acceptable dress, required paperwork and certificates, what to do in the event of illness or injury and receiving your completion report.


Interstate placements

Students who have permission to undertake professional experience outside of New South Wales will need to meet that State's child protection requirements. Students should contact the Department of Education within the State they are seeking to undertake placement in to confirm mandatory requirements for preservice teacher placements.

Mandatory documentation must be shown to the placement sites supervisor and a copy sent to the Professional Experience Unit at least six weeks prior to commencing the professional experience.

When considering an interstate placement, please be aware that interstate school term dates and some independent and catholic schools school term dates differ to NSW school term dates.


International placements

Students should be aware that they are required to meet ALL costs incurred for the international placement including but not limited to, any transport, airfares, accommodation and living costs.

Students (usually in the third year of their program) who wish to apply to undertake their professional experience placement outside of Australia should download the International Placements – Student Guide (PDF, 31KB) and use this as a step by step guide to the International placement process.

Please note: Requests to travel to High Risk Countries will usually not be approved. A High Risk Country is any country to which the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) advisories warn travellers to "reconsider" or "advise not to" travel to. Refer to smartraveller.gov.au for up to date travel ratings.