A reminder if you do not have a valid blue card for the duration of your professional experience you are not permitted to attend placement. Please refer to our blue card information to ensure you have a valid blue card for professional experience.

Courses with professional experience

The following undergraduate and postgraduate courses include professional experience/field experience that must be successfully completed in order to meet course requirements.

EDUC1601, EDUC1650, EDUC1740, EDUC2601, EDUC2604, EDUC2740, EDUC3099, EDUC3701, EDUC3714, EDUC4615, EDUC4625, EDUC4714, EDUC7602, EDUC7605, EDUC7530, EDUC7535, EDUC7540, EDUC7615, EDUC7625.

For information on what placement course you should enrol in please refer to Programs and Courses.

Requirements for professional experience courses

You must have completed the following in order to be eligible to enrol in professional experience course:

  1. Ensure you have a valid blue card for the duration of placement
  2. Register your information on the placement management system InPlace (see instruction below).
  3. Have met all course prerequisites as per Courses and Programs
  4. Have completed the Domestic Violence Module on Blackboard (ONLY for students enrolling in final year courses EDUC4615, EDUC7615, EDUC4714 and EDUC7540)

How your placement is organised

The School of Education Placements Officers will organise your placement. Students cannot contact schools themselves to organise placements.

Approx 2 weeks* prior to the commencement of placement you will receive a notification via your student email regarding your placement. You are then required to log on to InPlace to view your placement information and should make immediate contact with the placement school coordinator listed to introduce yourself and organise your arrival.

*This timeframe is approximate and can change. Students who have requested a regional/remote placement are likely to be advised of their placement in advance of this date to allow them sufficient time to prepare for the placement.

IMPORTANT: Register your information in InPlace

UQ’s placement management system InPlace is where all information regarding your placement is stored.

You must successfully enter your information on InPlace in order to receive a placement. This includes critical information such as your semester address, mode of transport and conflict of interests.

You must complete InPlace registration three weeks prior to the start of the semester, otherwise you risk not being able to be placed and therefore not meeting the requirements for completing the course.

Guide to Completing InPlace

You must complete all required questions in InPlace that are marked with a *. Otherwise your InPlace dashboard will continue to display 'To Do' items.

To complete questions in each section as per below, expand the section using the and  buttons.

  1. Log in to the InPlace portal under 'Staff and Students' using your usual student username and password. Then click on the 'My Details' drop down item under your student username at the top right of your InPlace dashboard.



  1. Complete your UQ - Emergency Contact Details.


  1. Complete all questions in the Education Student Information.

  1. Do not attempt to change/upload any data under UQ - Working with Children Check - QLD. Even though this is a required field, only UQ School of Education staff should change this data based on the blue card appications you have submitted. However you must check the details to ensure your blue card is valid. If you need to apply/renew/link your blue card please follow online instructions from the School of Education.


  1. Review your EDUC - Confirmed Teaching Areas. This will only display for Masters of Teaching (Secondary) or Bachelor of Education (Secondary) students in their third/fourth year. Students cannot update this information. If details are incorrect please email education@uq.edu.au.


  1. Complete your EDUC - Music Students questions. This option will only display if you are enrolled in an eligible Secondary education music program.


  1. If you wish to complete professional experience in a rural/regional/remote area you must complete the EDUC - Rural/Remote Preferences accordingly. This option will only display if you are enrolled in a course that permits a rural placement (ie any placement with full week placement blocks).


NOTE: Your InPlace registration will continue to display the item below in your ‘To Do’ list until the School of Education receives notification that your blue card application/link is completed and successful. The School of Education usually receives this notification few days after the student and will update your blue card information accordingly.


Rural/remote placement

You can request to complete a rural/remote placement for any course that does not include single day observations.

To request a rural/remote placement simply complete the EDUC - Rural/Remote Preferences when you enter your information in InPlace.

Please visit the Beyond the Range for information about financial support for rural/remote placements. Please note that the grant is only available to students completing placement in Queensland State Schools.

Where possible students are encouraged to request placements in towns/regions where they have support networks (ie family/friends) or attend along with fellow students to support them while completing the placement.

If this is not possible or you are unsure of a rural/remote location you wish to attend for placement we recommend speaking to fellow students or academic staff about appropriate locations along with doing your own research.


What are the dates of my placement?

Please refer to the Professional Experience Calendar for placement dates in each course.

If you are attending single day placements your timetable in Si-net will display the day of the week your placement is scheduled. This day for placement should also be noted on your course Blackboard site.


Can I request which school I want to attend placement?

The School of Education does not accept requests for schools were students wish to be placed. In addition placements are not permitted to be organised/negotiated by the student themselves. This is in accordance with the terms of the Industrial Agreement and UQ School of Education policy governing professional experience in education.

If an instance arises where a school approaches you directly to request to complete a placement with them, please advise the school to contact the School of Education.


My single day placement is on a day of the week that I can’t attend. What should I do?

It is your responsibility to ensure you schedule your university timetable to avoid your placement day clashing with other classes. Alternative placement days cannot be negotiated for personal commitments such as work, sport, or social commitments.

If you have an unavoidable timetable clash with your scheduled placement day, you should immediately contact your placement school coordinator/supervising teacher to request to attend on an alternate day. You must ensure any alternate day organised is communicated in writing to the School of Education and does not conflict with classes or other ‘on campus’ tasks.


I am sick and can’t attend placement. What should I do?

Follow all relevant procedures at your placement school in regards to immediately reporting your absence and providing any necessary documentation or lesson plans if required.

If your absence is greater than 3 consecutive days you are required to provide the School of Education with a medical certificate. However, your placement school may request a certificate for less than 3 days as part of their absentee procedures.

You must advise the School of Education in writing of any ‘make-up’ days you negotiate with your placement school due to illness. Please ensure you contact your course coordinator if your ‘make-up’ days are after the scheduled completion date for the placement.