BEd Internship (ECE/Prim/Sec)
The Education Internship (EDC450 Professional Experience 4: The Internship) is the capstone experience in the suite of PE units and marks your transition from pre-service teacher to beginning teacher.
The Internship is a full school term placement where you will work alongside an experienced classroom teacher and accept an increasing amount of responsibility for a class of students and their learning.
Please examine the materials below carefully and endeavour to be fully prepared for this most important placement.
EDC450 Professional Experience 4: The Internship is offered in all study periods.
Enrolling into PE4
During the relevant enrolment window below for the study in which you intend to undertake PE4 please contact the Professional Experience Team (email@example.com) requesting a waiver to enrol in PE4. Students are encouraged to apply for the PE4 enrolment waiver as early as possible.
2023 Enrolment waiver request windows
|Study period||Enrolment waiver window||Close of enrolment deadline|
|SP1||4th January to 19th February||19th February|
|SP2||5th April to 21st May||21st May|
|SP3||5th July to 20th August||20th August|
|SP4||4th October to 19th November||19th November|
*Please note, no late enrolments are permitted in any PE4 units.
To be eligible for PE4 unit enrolment waiver students must:
- Ensure all other units in the degree have been successfully completed and students are in the final study period of the degree (no other unit remaining and no units being completed alongside the Internship).
- Ensure all clearances are up to date and will not expire during the placement (students can check their clearances in SONIA).
- Have their PE4 school secured, including the mentor and supervisor details, ready to upload to SONIA when requested. Students will be emailed a link to complete these forms which must be completed BEFORE the waiver to enrol into PE4 is granted (please note, this step does not apply to WA-based students).
Once all requirements have been met and the PE Team grants the waiver to enrol, stduents must then enrol into the unit via OUA.
Please note: Do not wait until your PE3 results are available to request a waiver to enrol in PE4, as this may be after the close of enrolments and no late enrolments are permitted in any PE4 units.
*Please note that students are responsible for ensuring they are correctly enrolled.
Your internship placement
Your internship is completed during one full school term in the term immediately following the start of the SP in which you are enrolled:
- SP1 enrolled students complete placement in school Term 2
- SP2 in school Term 3
- SP3 in school Term 4
- SP4 school in Term 1 the following year
All internships will be completed over one full school term and no negotiation on this requirement is possible, as there are formal Teacher Registration classroom contact time requirements that must be met.
Please familiarise yourself with the Internship Handbook; this contains a wealth of information about your Internship and should answer many of the questions you may have.
Bachelor of Education ECE PE Handbook
Bachelor of Education Primary PE Handbook
Bachelor of Education Secondary PE Handbook
Supervision of the internship is managed at the school level, and there will be a final interview that will involve Curtin University staff.
Completion of final units
Your internship cannot be started until all other units have been passed.
Students who are enrolled in their final units the Study Period before they wish to enrol in their internship will find they cannot enrol in their internship unit. If you have this enrolment restriction please email the professional experience office firstname.lastname@example.org to request the mandatory clearance checks be made to lift the restriction and enable enrolment.
You do not need to enrol for the following study period, even though your internship placement will continue into the next SP. You enrol and pay only once.
Students who complete their Internship in SP1 (Term 2) may be eligible for graduation in September. To be eligible for the Sydney graduation (May) students would need to have completed the course the year before. Please refer to the graduation website.
How do I plan for and enrol in the Internship unit?
You will find that you cannot automatically enrol in the unit via the OUA website as usual. This is because the unit is blocked until all other units have been completed. Enrolment is dependent upon Curtin School of Education (SoE) staff providing specific clearance for each student to OUA so they can remove the block.
Students will still be engaged in their final academic units at the time they need to enrol in EDC450 for the following SP. Students do NOT need to leave a space of one SP before enrolling, as clearance will be provided based on the presumption that the final units will be passed. This is possible because the placement itself does not begin until 6 or 7 weeks into the SP. Therefore, there is time to withdraw, before the census date, once you know your final marks for assignments in the units. If you have not passed a unit, you can then withdraw from the Internship well before the 10-11 week (School Term) placement begins. Students are also required to let the proposed school staff know at this point. If students do not withdraw promptly themselves, they run the risk of incurring penalties, and PE staff will advise the school directly, after the official results release date.
The clearance process for the Internship unit involves SoE staff:
- Checking all units will have been successfully completed by the end of the SP immediately prior to the internship.
- Checking any electives not completed through Curtin University have been applied for via the Application for Credit for Recognised Learning process.
- Checking that your Working with Children/Police Clearance (applicable to your state) are current and valid for the duration of your Internship.
- Mentor and Supervisor forms.
Enrolment restriction through OUA will be lifted once the above has been received and confirmed by the placement office.
The most efficient way for students to manage this whole process is to first of all check that all units will be accounted for, and then, when you are confident you are eligible to enrol in the Internship unit, email email@example.com asking that clearance be provided for you. Your request will be attended to promptly but cannot be undertaken until the SP immediately prior to the proposed Internship. Please do not leave it until the enrolment closing date before seeking clearance as we do not wish to risk you not being able to enrol.
Please note that the above is a standard process for all students. Additional information will be required as part of the clearance process if students seek special consideration for their individual circumstances that leads to a variation in placement requirements. This includes seeking to return to a previous school, repeat a year level, undertaking a placement where previously employed or where there are pre-existing relationships of any kind. Such requests will be considered on on a case by case basis.
Considering undertaking Internship in SP4?
An enrolment in SP4/Term 1 will NOT be appropriate for most students as there is limited opportunity to complete your five school pre-visits due to school holidays. Most students will also find it difficult to secure an Internship placement for the whole of Term 1.
If you believe that your particular circumstances will suit an enrolment for SP4/Term1, please seek confirmation of this before enrolling. If you are successful in securing a placement for Term 1 of a school year, then you will need to complete the pre-visits in Term 4 of the preceding year.
Any student considering enrolling in EDC450 in Study Period 4, MUST be aware of the following:
- You must undertake the five pre-visits to the school prior to your full-time placement.
- You cannot begin these visits until you are enrolled in the unit and the SP commences.
- Clearance to enrol in the Internship will be given at the usual time and in time for enrolment in the SP – this clearance cannot be brought forward.
- This means pre-visits cannot commence until the SP has started.
- Consequently students will only have approximately three weeks in which to visit the school five times, and most schools and teachers will not welcome this at that time of the school year.
- You will then have a long holiday break with no contact, followed by an expectation that you begin your placement on Day One of Term 1 – again, this can be difficult for schools and teachers to manage. You cannot expect a mentor teacher to be available to you during the summer holiday break.
Therefore, this option will not suit standard circumstances and is only provided to avoid undue delay for certain students who are in particular positions.
You will be subject to the usual clearance processes that are managed by administration and these will occur in the usual way. This involves checking that you will have completed all units prior to your Internship, have applied for any CRL that is applicable for Electives, and that you have passed the mandatory literacy and numeracy tests.
What year level for Early Childhood or Primary?
Early Childhood Education
Please click here to see the ECE year level in which the internship must be undertaken for each State and Territory.
Primary students need to complete their Internship in a different year level to previous school experiences, e.g., if you have completed Year 1 and Year 3 you will need to complete an upper year level.
Students must undertake placement across all year levels: junior (Y1-2), middle (Y3-4) and upper (Y5-6) in keeping with course requirements.
How do I approach a school?
When you approach a school, make an appointment to meet with the principal, and take a copy of the Introductory Letter and the Internship Handbook, to the meeting:
Bachelor of Education ECE PE Handbook
Bachelor of Education Primary PE Handbook
Bachelor of Education Secondary PE Handbook
What do I do after I have secured a placement?
As soon as you have secured a placement in a school, please fill in the mentor and supervisor forms as soon as you have all the information, and email them to Curtin (firstname.lastname@example.org) before the SP starts.
It is very important that you notify Curtin immediately if there are any changes to your mentor or school-based supervisor details.
What are the required school pre-visits (prior to block teaching)?
You will visit your school five (5) times, for five (5) full days, prior to the internship, in order to familiarise yourself with the school, class and teacher and to enable you to plan. Feel free to complete extra visits before the SP starts if you wish, and if the school allows, as a volunteer. Please note that any informal visits completed before the SP starts will not be formally supervised and can NOT be counted, as you are not an official representative of Curtin at that time.
Pre-visits are to be completed in the term prior to your internship, within the study period in which you are enrolled. These visits are informal and will not be formally supervised, however, they must be documented and sent into Curtin.
The visits are a time for you to meet your class and mentor teacher, identify the students’ characteristics and learning needs for the following term, plan collaboratively with your mentor, and familiarise yourself with all class and school routines and policies.
Please note the following:
- You must keep a record of these visits and submit the record to Curtin (email@example.com) as soon as they are completed.
- The visits can only begin once the SP starts, usually 4-5 weeks at the end of the school term before you start your teaching block.
- You can complete the 5 days any way you prefer – one day a week for five weeks or in one full week.
Please ensure you adhere to the Curtin code of conduct during these visits and make a good first impression to your mentor teacher and school.
What is the AfGT?
All accredited Initial Teacher Education programs in Australia are required to administer a final-year Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) to students, which must be passed to be eligible for graduation as a teacher.
Curtin University is a member of a consortium of universities which developed and uses the TPA known as the The Assessment for Graduate Teaching (AfGT).
The AfGT is a culminating assessment designed to be undertaken in the classroom environment during the final professional experience placement. Its purpose is to evaluate each pre-service teacher’s teaching, professional decision-making, and impact on student learning in a real-life context.
Who do I contact for support during PE?
For PE administration queries please contact the Curtin School of Education OUA PE Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) using this email template.
For PE Academic queries please contact your Tutor, Unit Coordinator, or Course Coordinator.
Curtin Connect: your Curtin hub for general student service, support and advice
When do I get my final grade?
Once your final results have been sent for processing, it may take 1-10 days before they are visible in eStudent under the “my results” tab after the official results are released for your study period. The 1-10 day time frame is due to your grade being processed through the Faculty office and then through Student Central.
Please do not order an academic transcript before your results have been officially published, as completion of the internship unit will not have been recorded and you will then need to order another official transcript which will incur a small fee.
Please note – before your results can be submitted for processing, the below actions are required:
- mentor and supervisor final reports and grade slips must be submitted to the university
- you have a pass on the AfGT.
How do I get my academic transcript?
If you are attending a graduation and have registered for this, you will receive your official award and transcript on this day.
If you are not attending a graduation and have registered to have your award sent to you, you will receive in the mail your official award and transcript shortly after the designated graduation day.
For teacher registration purposes you can purchase official documentation.
What about graduation?
The Curtin Graduations Website will provide you with the step by step guide for preparing for graduation.