Professional experience visits policy

Purpose

To provide a consistent approach across the Faculty in relation to visits by academic staff to schools, early childhood centres, other relevant educational settings and counselling and psychological organisations/agencies during professional experience.

Scope

  • All undergraduate and graduate/postgraduate units of study taught by the Faculty of Education where professional experience is embedded.
  • Dedicated postgraduate psychology and counselling practicum units.
  • All modes of unit delivery (i.e. on-campus, off-campus, OUA, offshore, cohorts, multi-mode) unless contractual obligations stipulate otherwise.

Policy statement

Visits by academic staff to schools, early childhood centres, other relevant education settings and counselling and psychological organisations/agencies during professional experience will occur for the following reasons:

  1. At the request of school/centre/organisation/agency or Monash staff, to a student(s) deemed to be at risk/of concern.
  2. At the request of a pre-service teacher, counselling or psychology student on placement.
  3. To ensure appropriate supervision/mentoring.
  4. As appropriate, to build collaborative relationships as per the Partnerships and Professional Placements strategic plan.

Supporting procedures

Professional experience visit procedures

Supporting guidelines

N/A

Responsibility for implementation

  • Professional Experience Directors
  • Professional Experience Advisors
  • Professional Experience Tutors
  • Chief Examiners where professional experience is embedded within the unit
  • Unit coordinators where professional experience is embedded within the unit
  • Psychology Practicum Coordinators
  • Psychology Practicum Supervisors
  • Counselling Practicum Supervisors

Status

Revised.

Key stakeholders

  • Associate Dean (Education)
  • Professional Experience Directors
  • Program Directors
  • Courses Leaders
  • Faculty Manager
  • Manager Admissions and Student Services

Approval body

Created at Faculty Board 2/13, 29 May 2013, agenda item 6.4.1

Endorsement body

Endorsed at Education Committee, Faculty of Education 1/13, 29 May 2013, agenda item 8.6

Definitions

Professional experience

Periods of placement in schools, early childhood centres, other educational settings and counselling and psychological organisations/agencies that are deemed to constitute the required number of supervised teaching practice days or of supervised psychology or counselling practicum hours and days as  outlined in the relevant accreditation body’s guidelines.

Visits

Contact undertaken by academic staff to communicate with mentor teachers, organisers of teaching practice, pre-service teachers, professional supervisors and counselling and psychology students during professional experience (or during other relevant periods related to professional experience). In most  cases these will be face to face visits to schools/centres, but may also include email, phone and Skype communication where deemed appropriate (e.g. for rural, interstate and international placements). For students on interstate or international placements where they are accompanied by academic staff,  the visit will be face to face.

Related legislation

N/A

Related policies

N/A

Related documents

Date effective

20 March 2013

Review date

1 December 2017

Policy owner

Associate Dean (Education), Faculty of Education

Policy author

Professional Experience Director

Content enquiries

Professional Experience Director