In 2020, EDM8004 transitioned from an Internship course to a Service Learning Course. This means that students completing EDM8004 in their final semester will complete an Internship and students completing EDM8004 in their third semester will complete a Service Learning experience.
Service Learning Placement
A service learning placement provides a bridge between the more closely supervised placements and the first year of the education career and is not a formal professional experience supervised placement but rather a flexible experience for preservice teachers. Preservice teachers undertaking a Service Learning placement are encouraged to work across the school setting and may be involved in initiatives and projects the school wishes to implement. The Service Learning Placement can be undertaken at any time during the semester of enrolment either full-time or part-time, subject to the needs of the school.
Each pre-service teacher is fully immersed in the role of the educator at the host site. Such immersion provides the pre-service teacher with, authentic opportunities to demonstrate the responsibilities, skills, attitudes and knowledge required of an emerging professional educator. Therefore Service Learning experiences can look are highly individualised and can be completed across many areas of the school or even be with just one class and teacher. Within the course you will have the opportunity to discuss options with your course examiner.
Supervised Internship Placement
Bachelor of Education and Master of Teaching and Learning students completing an internship will be required to seek the approval from a previous host site to undertake a 20 day professional internship (Complete Form I).
An internship is designed to ease the transition from preservice to beginning teacher status, and support more collaborative relationships between the partners in the teacher education process the students, the schools, the employers and the university. This supervised placement is 20 days in duration and requires the graduating pre service teacher to build their capability throughout the placement to take responsibility for planning and teaching, engaging in teaching and learning or other class activities under the supervision of the supervising teacher.
In all settings, appropriate arrangements for mentoring, supervision and evaluation will be required as part of the process of approval for proposed placements.
Placement Requirements and Guidelines
Placement requirements and responsibilities including guides and reports are available in the Master of Education Professional Experience Book.
Reporting Requirements for Service Learning
There is no formal feedback or placement report. Instead students are required to complete and upload to In Place a Service Learning Signed Timesheet.
Please note: Students completing a placement are to upload a Final Report to InPlace and Study Desk. Your result will not be released until this has been completed. If you require assistance on uploading your report to InPlace, please click here.