The teacher preparation programs provide quality professional experience opportunities

The School of Education and Professional Studies provides students with quality on-the-job supervised teaching experiences—called professional experience placements—within primary and secondary schools. The Griffith University teacher preparation programs are offered at both undergraduate and graduate entry levels.

Professional experience provides the link between theory and practice by giving you opportunities to be immersed in the real teaching world. Simply put, professional experience is 'on-the-job' preparation for teaching. Teacher education students are 'preservice teachers'.

Whilst our students are usually placed in local schools, there are opportunities for professional experience placements in rural, remote and culturally diverse locations within Australia and overseas.

Professional experience placements give you an opportunity to:

  • appreciate diverse communities
  • make informed decisions about future employment options
  • challenge preconceived ideas about what it’s like working and living in rural, remote and international locations
  • enhance your employment prospects with access to school, local community and regional resources and networks.

Our strong relationships with schools and industry partners prepare you for gaining employment when you graduate.


Newly developed online learning and teaching models will ensure Master of Teaching students graduate as ‘classroom ready’ despite schools being unable to offer traditional professional placement experience.

Dean and Head of the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University, Professor Donna Pendergast has led a team of education experts to develop new authentic models of learning and teaching that will enable 200 Masters of Education students at six Queensland universities to participate in a viable alternative to pre-service placement.

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Blue card information

Blue card information

Students must hold a Blue Card before starting their placement. Students who do not make an application, or who do apply but are ineligible to hold a Blue Card, will not be able to undertake the professional experience components of the program. Application forms are on Learning@Griffith.

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SONIA placement system

SONIA placement system

Enter the Professional Placement database using the link below.

Once you are in the database, select School of Education and Professional Studies and log in using your student username and password.

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Your placement resource. Find general placement information, policies, forms and more on Learning@Griffith