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MTeach Transition into the Profession (ECE/Prim/Sec)

The unit MTC610 Professional Experience 4: Transition into the Profession is the capstone experience in the suite of PE units and marks your transition from pre-service teacher to graduate teacher.

Transition into the Profession is a 5-week block 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.

MTC610 Professional Experience 4: Transition into the Profession is offered in all study periods.

Transition into the Profession Placement
Completion of final units

Transition into the Profession Placement

MTC610 Professional Experience 4: Transition into the Profession will be completed over a five-week block placement and no negotiation on this requirement is possible, as there are formal Teacher Registration classroom contact time requirements that must be met.

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Please familiarise yourself with the Transition into the Profession Handbook; this contains a wealth of information about your Internship and should answer many of the questions you may have.

MTC610 Transition into the Profession Handbook

Supervision of MTC610 Professional Experience 4: Transition into the Profession is managed at the school level, and there will be a final interview that will involve Curtin University staff.

Completion of final units

Enrolment in MTC610 Professional Experience 4: Transition into the Profession cannot commence until the final study period of your course.

Students who complete MTC610 Professional Experience 4: Transition into the Profession in Study Period 1 (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.

Considering taking PE4 Transition into the Profession in SP4?

An enrolment in SP4/Term 1 will NOT be appropriate for most students as it is more difficult to secure a school for a placement at the beginning of school Term 1.

Any student considering enrolling in MTC610 in Study Period 4, MUST be aware of the following:

  • You must make four familiarisation and planning visits to the school prior to your 5 week placement.
  • You cannot begin these visits until you are enrolled in the unit and the SP commences.
  • This means students will only have approximately three weeks to undertake pre-visits in Term 4 and many schools and teachers will not welcome this at that time of the school year. It is important to complete some pre-visits in Term 4 to help with planning for your AfGT.
  • You will then have a long holiday break with no contact, followed by an expectation that you begin your placement early in 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.
  • Your 5-week placement will occur in Term 1 of the following year. This means the SP will run for an extended time, longer than the standard 13 weeks.

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

ECE students need to complete their internship with 3 – 5 year olds (Pre-primary, Reception, Transition, Foundation or Kindergarten) in a school setting.

Primary Education

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 have completed all year levels: junior (Y1-2), middle (Y3-4) and upper (Y5-6) primary to satisfy all States’ requirements for teacher registration.

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:

MTC610 Transition into the Profession Handbook

School Introductory Letter ECE

School Introductory Letter Primary

School Introductory Letter Secondary

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 (professional.experience@curtin.edu.au) before the SP starts.

Mentor and supervisor form

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)?

There is an expectation that you visit your school four (4) times, for four (4) full days, prior to the Transition into the Profession unit, 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.

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  (hum-ed-ouaprac@curtin.edu.au) as soon as they are completed. The form for this can be downloaded from this link. Pre-visit Forms
  • The visits can only begin once the SP starts, usually 2 weeks at the prior of the five-week teaching block.
  • You can complete the 4 days any way you prefer – one day a week for four weeks or in one 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.

More information on the AfGT can be found here.

Who do I contact for support during PE?

For PE administration queries please contact the Curtin School of Education OUA PE Team (professional.experience@curtin.edu.au) 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

Curtin Personal Support

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
  • your completed logbook (signed/acknowledged by your mentor) is submitted to Bb. This will indicate completion of a full school term of professional experience days clearly indicating that any days of absence have been made up.

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.