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For Pre-Service Teachers

Become a PLaN member

Become a PLaN member and take advantage of the opportunity to gain extra exposure and experience in a learning environment beyond the requirements of your Professional Experience (practicum).

This service learning program will also help to enrich professional understandings and practice of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Teacher Level).

You will need to be available for a dedicated time slot each week for a FULL school term. This must involve a minimum of one hour per week commitment at the School or Early Childhood Centre. The day and time slot of this service is negotiated between the School or Centre and yourself.

How to join PLaN

To join PLaN, you must be enrolled as an ECU Pre-Service Teacher in either a Bachelor or Masters of Teaching course. As soon as a suitable PLaN partner School or Centre is available, the PLaN Team will be in touch, so please keep an eye out on your ECU email.

Please note: to join PLaN you must also have a valid Working With Children’s Certificate (WWCC) and Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC).

To join the PLaN program please use the online form or email the PLaN Team at

“A great program and a rewarding experience to be hands on with the students throughout the term.”

Thuy Vi, Masters of Teaching (Primary)

FAQs for Pre-Service Teachers

Why join PLaN?

  • Opportunity to positively impact student’s literacy and numeracy needs
  • Exposure to school-based literacy and numeracy strategies and activities
  • Networking for future employment
  • Enhance your skills against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
  • Collect further evidence for your teaching portfolio.

Will I need to teach full classes?

No. PLaN is not a Professional Experience. Typically, you will support a small group of students (typically 2-3) in literacy or numeracy programs as designed by the School or Centre you are assigned to.

Can I choose a specific school?

No. The PLaN team will place you in a suitable partner School or Centre as close as possible to you live.

Can I complete my Professional Experience in the same School or Centre?

This may be possible. Please contact the PLaN team and we will endeavour to provide such a placement.

Will I receive recognition of my PLaN service?

Yes. An ECU Certificate of Participation will be offered for each term of service that you offer and will recognise the number of PLaN service hours.

Will I be formally assessed in this program?


Who designs the PLaN programs?

The School of Centre you are partnered with will design the literacy or numeracy program.

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