As part of your journey towards becoming a teacher, you will need to meet some professional requirements. Once you have passed your coursework and have met the legal and ethical requirements for professional experience you will be able to start your professional experience.

As a condition of any type of professional experience - including placement, volunteering, laboratory work, research, or community-engaged learning - you are required to provide evidence of your compliance and health protection before participating in any of these activities. Note:

  • Student compliance is a mandatory, legislative and regulatory requirement;
  • To be able to attend placement, you must be compliant; and
  • You must meet the requirements of both Southern Cross University and the external organisation. This will ensure the safety of yourself and others


The pathway to professional experience

The first step of your professional experience is to read through the professional experience handbook. It will give you all the information you need to know before starting your placement.

2021 Professional Experience Handbook

The following pathway to professional experience has been designed to assist students to successfully navigate the process of applying and being ready for a school/centre placement.