Professional experience

Our professional experience opportunities span across schools and community centres, overseas institutions, and ancillary learning environments such as zoos, museums and galleries. We design our degrees to maximise your practical experience. We also facilitate extra-curricular teaching activities including academic tutoring, homework clubs, and international volunteer programs so you can accelerate your learning.

Paired Placement Model

We have reworked traditional professional experience with our unique Paired Placement Model. You’ll complete a placement in a schools with another student, so you can support and learn from each other within the professional environment. Our model has been successful in providing students with authentic learning experiences that are collaborative and pupil focused.

Excellence in Professional Experience Program

As a student in our undergraduate primary or secondary teaching course, you have the opportunity to work 2-3 days per week in a Partner School in your final year of study. Our program provides you with a unique and innovative experience in a school environment, where you can build professional and industry networks, and get to experience a full school year of activity.

La Trobe Partner Schools

We work closely with schools across metro and regional areas throughout Victoria to ensure a high standard of quality within our courses. Our Partner Schools offer you opportunities for professional experience while you study. Partners also benefit from the collaboration with our academics on building the future of education.

Non-School Teaching Environments

We also encourage professional experience outside of the conventional classroom. Our students have undertaken successful placement with the following organisations:

  • National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)
  • SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
  • Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
  • Berry Street
  • Smith Family
  • Scouts
  • La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Royal Children’s School
  • Disabled Winter Sport Australia

Work Integrated Learning Subjects

We also offer work integrated learning subjects such as Diverse Learning Communities, for first-year undergraduate students to participate in community projects and engage with people in different educational contexts such as:

  • English as additional language centres
  • Community hubs or youth centres
  • Local government groups
  • Refugee support centres
  • Disability service providers

Current formal Professional Placement agreements

Partner Schools

  • Big Hill Primary School
  • Camp Hill Primary School
  • Girton Grammar (Junior School)
  • Kennington Primary School
  • Girton Grammar School (Senior School)
  • Creekside College
  • Brookside College
  • Golden Square Primary School
  • Greenhills Primary School
  • Methodist Ladies College
  • Lockwood Primary School
  • MacLeod College
  • Yarra Hills Secondary College
  • Toorak Primary School
  • White Hills Primary School
  • Victory Lutheran College
  • Wodonga Senior Secondary College
  • Catholic College Bendigo

Teaching Schools

  • Charles La Trobe Teaching College

TAPP (Teaching Academies for Professional Practice) Schools

  • Bendigo Senior Secondary College
  • Bendigo South East College
  • Eaglehawk Secondary College
  • Weeroona College
  • Rural Teaching Academy
  • St Arnaud Cluster Schools
  • King Valley Cluster Schools

Other Educational Sites

  • St Luke's - Bendigo
  • Bendigo Health
  • Smith Family School Learning Club - Eaglehawk Primary School & California Gully Primary School
Aleesha Davis

Aleesha Davis

Current student; Student ambassador, Bachelor of Education

“We’re out in schools observing the theory in practice.”

story

La Trobe opens doors for you, no matter what career path you choose. I finished Year 12 in 2010 and attended two universities, studying different courses, before coming to La Trobe. The decision to do a Bachelor of Education at La Trobe was the best I have ever made.

My course has a hands-on approach in terms of practicum. From week three we’re out in schools observing the theory in practice. When you go on a placement early on in your course, you find out whether or not teaching is the career for you.

The best thing about La Trobe’s Mildura campus is you get one-on-one time with your tutors and lecturers because the class sizes are much smaller. The teaching staff know who you are. The Mildura campus is more than just a university; it's a part of the community.

Upon completing my degree, I hope to gain employment in a primary school in rural or regional Australia. My advice for future students is, use all of the resources provided to you, talk to as many people as you can, and go to all of the open days.