Teacher Education Professional Experience

Charles Darwin University

Dr Lorraine Connell
Faculty of Education, Health and Science (EHS)
School of Education


Dr Lorraine  Connell

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Teacher Education Professional Experience
Professional experience in teacher education in the NT, Australia and the world.



Employment sector


Student numbers


Credit bearing?

Compulsory and credit towards the degree.


Tick sheet, portfolios and interviews


Payment to mentor teachers and Professional learning Leaders in NT teaching Schools.

Number of staff involved

10+ staff and 100=+mentors



Key Words

Teacher education; WIL; professional placement;

Basically we involve students in school placements early in the course and for a longer period of time. Weekly visits followed by a block is the general format and the students stay with the same mentor and school for the entire year. This is only the second year of the Teaching School format. However as the Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning is only a one year course fulltime we have learnt a considerable amount from our first year.

Structure of program
The program is run in this way to allow students early access to the classroom and more continued involvement in the classroom and school community. Students, mentors and the school community appreciate this more holistic involvement in the school community.

Special features
Assessment tasks related to the classroom and university lectures works extremely well, with mentors assisting students with programming and planning issues and students assisting schools with collaborative community events.

Future work
We have instigated fortnightly debriefs for Graduate Diploma students to assist them in their fast track course and also allow us to improve aspects of the course and placements particularly when placements should begin and end. We still need to address mentoring how to successfully mentor and to continue to improve the working relationship between classrooms, schools and universities.

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