What if my Pre service Teacher (student) missed a day?

Any missed days MUST be made up and it is the responsibility of the student to negotiate a time with the education setting.


During the placement, we were unable to cover a particular sub standard or teaching practice. Can I indicate Not Applicable?

According to Swinburne Online's Assessment Policies and accreditation, this will automatically result in an overall failure for this particular placement. In some cases Mentor teachers make exceptions to their programs or encourage the students to meet the sub standard in another classroom within the school. For more information please contact the Placements Team.


How many lessons should the PST Teach?

This will vary depending on the particular placement your pre-service teacher is completing. For more specific information please refer to the Mentor Teacher information Sheet for each practicum.


Will the Pre-service Teacher hold a current Child Safety Screening Check?

Pre-service Teachers are required to maintain their own valid Child Safety Screening Clearance (CSSC) as per Australian state and territory regulations. Swinburne University of Technology Pre-service Teachers are required to apply and/or provide a copy of their current CSSC. Swinburne Online does not assess a person’s suitability to work with children, however we encourage our Pre-service Teachers to arrange an interview or planning visit prior to commencing their placement.

Can a parent or staff member complete their placement at our setting?

Professional experience cannot be undertaken in an education setting where: 

  • Pre Service Teachers are already employed (e.g. as an educator, teacher aide, technical assistant or administrator) 
  • Family members (including your own children) or close friends are employed or attend the setting 
  • This condition is also in place to protect the integrity of one or more of the abovementioned parties.  In some instances exceptions can be made for students in rural and remote areas or for other reasons as negotiated with Swinburne Online.


What is the minimum attendance?

As part of the placement, Pre-service Teachers are required to get involved in all aspects of the early childhood setting or school. For example: yard duty, staff/level meeting or professional development, collaborate with other teachers and engage with parents and carers. To have the opportunity to meet this requirement, Pre-service Teachers are required to attend their placement on a full-time daily basis. 

Primary School placements: While on placement Pre-service Teachers are expected to shadow their Mentor Teacher and work similar hours. As a guide the minimum attendance is 35 hours per week or 7 hours per day.

Early Childhood placements: As there is a difference between the operating hours of early childhood settings, Pre-service Teachers must be able to work with children (contact time) for a minimum of five hours per day plus planning (non-contact time) of approximately 2-3 hours per day (a total of 7-8 hours per day)


When will Swinburne Online be in contact during the placement?

 During the placement, Swinburne Online is in contact with the student mentor teacher and nominated contact.

  • Student submits the Acceptance of Placement form.
    Student nominates a contact for your setting. This person will receive all correspondence from the Placement Team.
  • Placement Team assesses and confirms the placement.
    The Placements Team is responsible for ensuring all students meet mandatory requirements.
  • Confirmation email is sent to the nominated contact.
    This contains the dates the student will be attending the placement and other pertinent details – please check for accuracy.
  • Ten days prior to the start of the placement.
    This outlines the assessment process and contains links to the assessment documents, the assessment submission form and the Mentor Teacher Resource Centre. 
  • eLearning Advisor (eLA) contacts Mentor Teacher via email.
    The eLA will email the mentor teacher before the placement period commences to ensure a smooth placement period.
  • Approximately half way through the placement (except EDU30003).
    This is reminder email for the Interim Assessment Report. It contains information about the Cause for Concern process and contains links to the assessment report and assessment submission form.
  • Three days prior to the end date of placement.
    This contains information on completing the final Assessment Report, a link to submit the report and instructions for the Claim for Payment Process and Feedback Form.

Claim for payment

Please click here for more information. If you have any enquiries regarding your Claim for Payment submission, please contact Placements Team.


Are Pre-service Teachers permitted to attend school camps & excursions?

If permitted by the setting, Pre-service Teachers are encouraged to attend school camps and excursions. These events count toward the placement attendance provided that the Pre-service Teachers are able to meet the teaching load requirements outlined in the Mentor Teacher Information Sheets.

Are Pre-service Teachers covered by insurance during the placement?

Swinburne University of Technology’s public liability insurance policy covers the University for any claims made against it related to personal injury to other parties or damage to the property of others. During the placement, Pre-service Teachers are regarded as an extension of the University and the policy protects them against such claims that may arise from activities associated with the placement.

Please note, that Pre-service Teachers are not paid by the University and therefore not covered by the University’s Workers’ Compensation policy.