Our graduate teachers are job-ready
Supervised professional experience is fundamental to all our teacher education courses to ensure that our graduates are career-ready.
At Monash, you get real-life experience right from the start of your course - in semester one. But don’t worry, we guide you and ensure you are adequately prepared before your first round of professional experience. Initially you might be observing and listening and getting used to a classroom.
As you complete placement every semester, you will experience a variety of day-to-day activities which will form part of your future job - working in a classroom, talking with parents, being on yard duty, going on excursions, preparing lesson plans, delivering lessons and much more. By your final semester you will be taking classes and planning lessons.
You will also experience different teaching approaches and environments, such as team teaching.
Teaching doesn't just occur in traditional classroom environments. That's why we also offer professional experience through programs and partnerships with Museum Victoria, Drama Victoria, Monash Hospital, Scouts Victoria and the Keep on Learning program.
The total number of supervised teaching days varies depending on your program and year level. You will complete at least 60-120 days of placement throughout your degree.
Professional experience provides opportunities to establish contacts and build professional relationships within your chosen field. This can often lead to employment upon graduation.
We organise placements for you
We take away the stress of finding your own placements. Our dedicated Professional Experience team liaises with a range of preschools, kindergartens and schools, and arranges all placements on your behalf. Students are not expected to arrange their own placements.
Having said that, if you are keen, it is also possible to organise your own placement anywhere across Australia.
As well as completing placements to local schools and educational settings in the state of Victoria, you have the opportunity to do complete placements interstate, in rural communities and/or remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.
"My studies have helped me learn more about other cultures and have given me the chance to travel and work in unique places. I couldn't be more pleased and grateful for the experience I had at Monash."
At Monash, you also have opportunities to travel to other countries for your teaching experience by completing an International Professional Experience (IPE).
We currently have arrangements with the following countries (and counting):
- Cook Islands
- South Africa
- United Arab Emirates (UAE)
If you choose to go on an IPE, you will invariably develop cultural appreciation and skills to work with learners from different backgrounds. You will also help us make a contribution to the host schools and communities in those countries.
You can do more than one IPE. And while there, you get the opportunity to be a tourist in your free time.
"It has been such a privilege to have taught in South Africa. Being immersed into an entirely different cultural context has reinforced the fact that education is key to empowering individuals."