Preservice Professional Experiences

The broad purpose of the professional experience components of the University of Sydney School of Education and Social Work programs is to provide opportunities for preservice teachers to:

  • broaden their experience, understanding and appreciation of the realities of schooling and of the nature, needs and capacities of young people

  • progressively develop effective teaching and management skills

  • enhance their capacity to construct, implement and evaluate programs of appropriate learning experiences

  • develop an understanding and an appreciation of the role of teachers within their school and its community

  • develop a reflective understanding of the ways in which as preservice teachers they are constituting their own sense of professional teacher identity.

This is achieved through the preservice teacher engaging reflectively with experiences within:

  • observation visits to schools and work with other educational institutions

  • in-school single-day and block teaching experiences

  • additional programs arranged for individual preservice teachers recommended for supplementary assistance or for specialised teaching experience.

Professional Experience placements also provide opportunities for experienced professionals in the field to assess preservice teachers' suitability, performance and effectiveness as beginning teachers, and potential future members of the teaching profession.