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Student experience

Practice based learning

Learning the theory is important, but the real value lies in knowing how to apply it. Many assessments are based on real-world case studies and students take advantage of our strong industry partnerships in work experience as part of their degree. This practical approach means our students graduate with the skills, knowledge and hands-on experience sought by employers worldwide. What you learn at UTS will not only help you land a graduate job — it will build the skills you need to adapt and grow throughout your career. Intensive and extensive professional experience is part of all our teacher education and TESOL courses.

Teaching practice

Primary and secondary education

Students enrolled in pre-service teacher education programs in UTS: Education will complete significant teaching and learning experiences in educational contexts relevant to their chosen field of practice. Our Bachelor of Education degree has an intensive and extensive program of professional experience every year.

The professional experience program (practicum) engages students in two interlinked elements:

  • campus-based studies examining the range of pedagogical issues, skills and procedures which foster the development of sound professional practice, and
  • field experiences where students are placed in schools and other educational settings for practical engagement in a variety of teaching/learning interactions.

Students may apply to undertake field experience in an existing international professional experience program in Thailand, China, Samoa or South Korea.

UTS education professional experience

The following are key features of the teacher education professional experience program at UTS, it is:

  • Partnership — A three-way partnership between the students, cooperating teachers and the lecturers. The contribution of each is required in order for the professional experience to be successful.
  • Developmental — It provides a sequence of experiences which build upon earlier teaching / learning achievements and articulate with other aspects of the students’ course work.
  • Reflective — Emphasises continuing reflection and self-evaluation as integral to teaching as a professional activity.
  • Interpretive — It requires that students develop an ability to diagnose, negotiate and act upon what is observed and experienced in and beyond classrooms.
  • Professionally focused — In each professional experience experience, key professional competencies, linked with the students’ learning on the campus, are accentuated, practised and analysed.


These courses develop initial practical teaching skills through the observation and analysis of lessons; the planning and delivery of several short, micro teaching activities; undertaking a practicum placement; and the keeping of a reflective journal. Students who already have a teaching qualification are able to apply for get credit recognition for the professional experience subjects.

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