Pre-requisites and Requirements
‘At the heart of the teaching profession in South Australia is a commitment to the education, learning, protection and wellbeing of learners’ Teacher’s Registration Board of South Australia Code of Ethics
Whilst on placement, you are a representative of UniSA and a visitor to the site. High levels of professionalism are expected of you. In alignment with the Teachers Registration Board Code of Ethics, pre-service teachers on placement enact integrity, respect and responsibility
There are very stringent requirements that you need to meet in order to be eligible for placement. These are called placement pre-requisite requirements. There are critical time lines associated with these requirements. To identify the specific requirements for your course, Click here for Bachelor of Education, Click here for Master of Teaching (Early Childhood), Click here for Master of Teaching (Primary) or (Secondary)
It is your responsibility to manage these requirements by uploading the relevant evidence via InPlace.
The due dates for completing these requirements for each placement will be communicated by the Professional Experience Office.
Your Professional Experience placement will not be released to you until your pre-requisites have been met. Failure to meet these requirements by the due dates as advised by the Professional Experience Office could result in:
- being ineligible to undertake placement
- being required to withdraw from the course
- If after the census date this may result in a fail grade being recorded for Professional Experience.
There are SIX pre-requisites areas. Requirements within these areas may vary depending on whether you are an undergraduate or postgraduate student, and on what stage of your program you are undertaking (e.g. first year, final year).
- Preservice Teacher Placement Agreement
- Child Related Employment Screening (CRES) transitioning to Working With Children Check
- Responding to Abuse and Neglect- Education and Care Foundation Training (RAN-EC)
- Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE)
- Name badge
- First Aid training (for Early Childhood Education Preservice Teachers only)
Preservice Teacher Placement Agreement
Preservice Teachers must complete the Preservice Teacher Placement Agreement form prior to their first UniSA placement.
- Download the Preservice Teacher Placement Agreement: Preservice Teacher Placement Agreement form
- Read the Preservice Teacher Placement Agreement carefully, ensuring that you understand each of the points outlined on the form.
- Sign the agreement to confirm that you understand and agree to comply with these points.
- After signing, please scan and upload to InPlace for verification by the Professional Experience Office.
- Keep a copy for your own records in your Professional Experience Folio.
- The Placement Agreement relates to all future placements and so you only need to complete once
For any questions relating to Preservice Teacher Placement Agreement, please contact the Professional Experience Office Team on firstname.lastname@example.org
As of 1st July 2019, Child Related Employment Screening (CRES) is now called Working with Children Check (WWCC)
To ensure that our education and care settings are safe places for children and young people, it is a requirement that all adults working in education and care sites have a current Working with Children Check from the Department of Human Services (DHS).
South Australia has introduced stronger, more effective and transparent screening laws for people working or volunteering with children. Once your current CRES expires, you will then apply for a WWCC.
The Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) is now called Department of Human Services (DHS). Please note that CRES from DCSI or WWCC from DHS is NOT the same as a Police Check from SA Police (SAPOL).
Your Working with Children Check must be completed prior to being eligible for placement. Your WWCC application can take up to 8 weeks to be processed. Strict confidentiality is maintained during the screening process. As the screening process is undertaken by DHS, the University has no influence over the timeline or outcome of the screening application.
- You must apply for your WWCC on the DHS website.
- Your WWCC application needs to be initiated by a Requesting Organisation.
- For most of you, the Requesting Organisation will be UniSA.
- You are required to email EDS-WWCC@unisa.edu.au to request UniSA Professional Experience Office to initiate your access to the DHS Working with Children Check online application system.
- You will then be sent an email from DHS with your login and password.
- You will be required to complete the application online, which includes a 100-point identification check and payment.
- Once your clearance is approved, you will receive email confirmation from DHS followed by a hard copy of your WWCC by post.
- Do not misplace your Working with Children Check as DHS do not provide replacement.
- Please scan your WWCC Clearance and upload to InPlace for verification.
- A copy needs to be in your Professional Folio and shown to your Site Coordinator on placement.
- Your WWCC will be valid for five years from the date of issue.
- DO NOT SEND THE ORIGINAL CLEARANCE TO US.
Please note: If you are below 18 years of age, you are considered a legal minor and need to complete the application online using ‘Print and Seek Verification’ method as you will need to get a hard copy of your application sighted by a Justice of the Peace.
For any questions relating to Working with Children Check, please email the Professional Experience Office Team at EDS-WWCC@unisa.edu.au.
What if I already have a Working with Children Check clearance?
Some students who are already working with children have their WWCC application initiated by a Childcare, Preschool, School, Out of School Hours Care, Sporting Organisation.
If you already have a Working with Children Check screening, please upload via InPlace for verification by the Professional Experience Office Team. Also, please keep a copy in your Professional Folio as you must have this with you on the first day of your placement to be sighted by your Site Coordinator.
What if I am unable to get a Working with Children Check clearance?
If you fail to obtain a clearance for any reason the University is not able to allow you to undertake a Professional Experience placement or any other Professional Experience activity which requires contact with children and young people that you may require to complete your course of study.
Ultimately, if you cannot undertake a Professional Experience placement or any other Professional Experience activity which is a compulsory part of your program, you cannot graduate with an Education Degree from UniSA.
What if I am an International Student?
International students are required to undertake the same Working with Children Check process as education students attending a placement in South Australia (as Above).
What if I am undertaking placement interstate?
This includes students living in South Australia who will be undertaking a Professional Experience placement or any other Professional Experience activity interstate and students living outside of South Australia undertaking a Professional Experience placement or any other Professional Experience activity that is outside of South Australia.
Students undertaking a Professional Experience placement or any other Professional Experience activity in an interstate educational site need to adhere to the clearance requirements of the organisation where they will be undertaking their placement. If the placement provider does not require you to have clearance and you will be working with minors, please follow the clearance process for Students attending a placement in South Australia (as Above).
UniSA requires that students undertaking an interstate placement to email the Professional Experience Office Team at EDS-WWCC@unisa.edu.au to inform them of the interstate placement. The Professional Experience Office Team will advise if any further documentation is required.
If you already have an interstate Working with Children Check, please upload via InPlace under section of “Working with Children (Interstate)” for verification by the Professional Experience Office Team.
What if I am undertaking an international teaching placement overseas?
If you are an Australian Resident who is attending an overseas placement, you are required to undertake the same Working with Children Check process as education students attending a placement in South Australia (as Above).
If you are a non-Australian resident, you are required to undertake the same Working with Children Check process as education students attending a placement in South Australia.
What if I already have a current Teachers Registration Board certificate?
Students with a current Teachers Registration Board Certificate will have already undertaken a Working with Children Check and will not be required to re-apply. Instead, you must upload a copy of your current Teachers Registration Board certificate via InPlace under section of “Criminal History Clearance” for verification by the Professional Experience Office Team.
Responding to Abuse and Neglect
In South Australia child protection legislation and policy require all organisations to establish and promote child safe environments. Mandatory Reporting Abuse and Neglect (RAN) training is required of all individuals working with children and young people.
All education Preservice Teachers enrolled in programs in the School of Education and who are completing any in-school or site (Child Care Centres, Early Learning Centres, Preschools) observations, internships, activities or professional experience placements, must undertake mandatory training in RAN prior to the commencement of the professional experience placement, observation or activity.
See below for the details that relate to your degree and year of study as requirements change as you progress through your degree and for undergraduate and post graduate students.
We encourage you to review the requirements of the Teacher Registration Board (TRB) and the Department for Education in relation to RAN:
Undergraduate Pre-Service Teacher Requirements
Masters Pre-Service Teacher Requirements
To complete the 7-hour RAN face-to-face training please contact one of the four Department for Child Protection approved training organisations below, to register and pay for your training:
Please arrange this early to ensure you complete the course prior to placement as courses fill quickly.
Is there a cost associated with the RAN training?
There are costs associated with completing the 7-hour RAN face-to-face training, please contact the above organisations for more information. The cost and registration are completed directly with the organisation.
Who organises the RAN 7-hour face-to-face training?
It is your responsibility to contact one of these providers and complete the training prior to the commencement of your final professional experience placement for undergraduates and prior to your first professional experience placement for Masters.
Can I complete the training somewhere else?
Training undertaken by an alternative provider is not acceptable.
What happens if my RAN expires?
A RAN refresher is available through the Department for Education you may complete this refresher if your RAN Certificate expires, however you are still required to have completed the full 7-hour RAN during your University of South Australia initial teacher education degree.
I already have my RAN certificate from before I commenced my initial teacher degree at University of South Australia, why do I have to complete the RAN 7-hour face-to-face training again?
The TRB requires the RAN 7-hour face-to-face training must be undertaken whilst you are an enrolled University of South Australia initial teacher degree education student.
I am an undergraduate when should I complete RAN 7-hour face-to-face training?
You may undertake the RAN 7 Hour face-to-face training at any time during your undergraduate degree however the RAN certificate is valid for 3 years, you will need to complete a refresher if your certificate expires.
I am studying a Masters, when should I complete RAN 7-hour face-to-face training?
All Masters students must undertake the RAN 7-hour face-to-face training prior to your first placement.
How do I complete the Online Introduction to MC RAN: Promoting Safety & Wellbeing Induction for Tertiary Students?
The site to complete this course is linked on your Professional Experience 1 course site, click the link on the right-hand side of the page to open the course.
What is involved in the Online Introduction to MC RAN: Promoting Safety & Wellbeing Induction for Tertiary Students?
- Attend a follow-up workshop to discuss and debrief the online training: (Please note: the follow-up discussion will be included in the course content in EDUC 1081. It is your responsibility to participate, attend and complete the quiz to get the certificate).
- Successfully completed the Promoting safety and wellbeing induction for tertiary students working with children and young people in education and care sites quiz gaining 100% accuracy.
- Download a copy of the RAN Safety and Wellbeing Induction handout
- Download and familiarise yourself with a copy of Protective practices for staff in their interactions with children and young people: Guidelines for staff working or volunteering in education and care settings 2017
When does the Online Introduction to MC RAN: Promoting Safety & Wellbeing Induction for Tertiary Students expire?
The certificate is valid for 3 years.
What do I do with the certificate/s?
- Upload the certificates to InPlace using the instructions on our website
- You must take your certificate with you on all placements as evidence of completing these requirements. Failure to do so will mean that you will be asked to leave the school or site and will be unable to do the placement.
Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE)
All new South Australian student teachers are be required to pass the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students (also known as LANTITE) prior to graduating.
For students in the following teaching degrees, it is a UniSA requirement that you successfully pass both the literacy and numeracy components of LANTITE before you can commence your final placement.
- MBET Bachelor of Education (ECE, Primary and Primary Middle)
- LBSY Bachelor of Education (Secondary Technologies)
- LHEC Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours) - Mawson Lakes
- MHEC Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours) - Magill/Whyalla/Mt Gambier
- LHPE Bachelor of Primary Education (Honours) - Mawson Lakes
- MHPE Bachelor of Primary Education (Honours) - Magill/Whyalla/Mt Gambier
- MMET Master of Teaching (ECE, Primary and, Secondary)
This test is administered by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). It will be used to demonstrate that initial teacher education students are in the top 30% of the population for personal literacy and numeracy.
ACER offers four registration windows a year followed by four assessment windows. Students are required to pay for the assessments. Students are allowed three test attempts in total.
For questions related to the literacy and numeracy self-evaluations and the ACER LANTITE assessments, please email our UniSA team; LANTITE@unisa.edu.au
2019 UniSA LANTITE requirements
Year 1 and Year 2 students
- Complete the UniSA literacy and numeracy self-evaluation by 5th April (Year 1 students; requirement for placement).
- Successfully achieve* both the literacy and numeracy components of LANTITE to be eligible to proceed to your final professional experience placement course.
* to be completed in the semester prior to placement course
From 2020 students need a minimum of one attempt, of both the literacy and numeracy components of LANTITE completed before commencing their second professional experience placement course.
Current Year 3 students
- A minimum of one attempt, of both the literacy and numeracy components of LANTITE before commencing your Professional Experience 3 placement course.
- Successfully achieve* both the literacy and numeracy components of LANTITE to be eligible to proceed to your final professional experience placement course.
*to be completed in the semester prior to placement course
Current Year 4 students
- Successfully achieve both the literacy and numeracy components of LANTITE before graduating.
From 2020 students need to successfully achieve both the literacy and numeracy components of LANTITE to be eligible to proceed to their final professional experience placement course.
- Complete the UniSA literacy and numeracy self-evaluation by 22 March (Year 1 students; requirement for placement)
Postgraduate students completing the 18 - month program are required to have successfully achieved both the literacy and numeracy components of LANTITE in the first year to be eligible to proceed to their final placement and Curriculum Specialisation courses.*
* Postgraduate students enrolled in RP2 SP2 2019 will be able to proceed to placement if they successfully achieve the Window 1 2019 literacy and numeracy components. This only applies for this cohort of students.
Postgraduate students completing the 2-year program need to make at least one attempt at both the literacy and numeracy components of LANTITE in their first year and have successfully achieved both the literacy and numeracy components of LANTITE within the first 18 months to be eligible to proceed to their final placement and Curriculum Specialisation courses.
First aid training (for Early Childhood Education Preservice Teachers only)
Preservice Teachers enrolled in the Early Childhood strand must complete Basic Emergency Life Support (Department for Education) or Applied First Aid before commencing the course EDUC 1044 Professional Experience 1 Birth - Three Years if they are an Undergraduate student or EDUC 5186 Professional Experience and Reflection 1: Introduction to Early Childhood Educators' Practices if they are a postgraduate student.
It is your responsibility to register for training at any Registered Training Organisation that facilitates First Aid Training.
Upload evidence of completion to InPlace for verification by the Professional Experience Office.
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