Experiential Education and Clinical Teaching Model Policy

Fact box

  • Policy owner: Chair, Learning & Teaching Committee
  • Policy category: Academic: Learning and Teaching
  • Policy status: Approved
  • Approval body: Academic Board
  • Endorsement body: Learning & Teaching Committee
  • Related policies:
  • Last amended: 17th Feb. 2017


The purpose of this policy is to outline the Alphacrucis College (AC) principles and guidelines for Experiential Education (EE) and describe the guidelines for participating in the Clinical Teaching Model (CTM) program.


All campuses
All courses of study


EE at AC may be undertaken through various Professional Practice and Professional Experience subjects, as well as the CTM. EE subjects seek to create a direct linkage between the learning, skills and values engaged in lectures, and the reflection which occurs when these are applied in real-life settings.

The CTM is an optional program for the pre-service teacher (PST) in an AC course of study, in addition to the EE component of Education awards. Pre-service teachers also have the option of undertaking up to 20 days of their supervised Professional Experience within the CTM. The CTM is designed to allow a PST to complete the majority of his/her formal pre-service teacher training award within the context of a school community. This allows the PST to directly apply the knowledge and skills of the Education award, as part of the learning process. This policy covers the admission, monitoring and exiting of the CTM program.

AC adheres to the following principles:

goals for EE are outlined in the AC Experiential Education Handbook;

students must abide by the AC Code of Conduct at all times while in EE or CTM placement;

a student’s host may have additional codes of conduct, policies, guidelines, rules and workplace protocols to which the intern will also be subject during the internship;

a student intern must disclose to their subject lecturer any potential conflict of interest vis-à-vis a proposed internship placement;

experiences are structured to require the learner to take initiative, make decisions and be accountable for results; As a condition of placement, AC requires supervisors to place students in real-world settings, where the work is actually part of the organisation’s action towards its goals;

learning outcomes are determined by the specific subject or course of study

AC is entitled to withdraw a student from an EE subject or CTM at any time if, in the opinion of the lecturer or Professional Experience Coordinator that the student has breached or violated a relevant professional code or occupational safety code, or has disrupted the internship program, or brought the College into disrepute; or the intern is exposed to danger or other inappropriate situation at the host’s workplace;

in an EE subject or CTM are not normally provided with salary, wages or similar benefits unless otherwise specified. However, legitimate out-of-pocket expenses incurred may be reimbursed subject to prior approvals;

the host of a student intern is not required to employ the student at the conclusion of the EE subject or CTM.

Insurance for Practical Placements and Professional Experience

For particular courses of study undertaken at AC, professional practice or professional experience subjects involving external placement are a required component of these courses.  This policy specifies the insurance cover available to students during these placements.  This insurance cover only applies to placements approved by AC.

1. AC holds Public Liability Protection which provides cover for the legal liability to pay damages or compensation in respect of personal injury and/or damage to property occurring during placements.  The student must also provide proof that their placement host has an appropriate level of Public Liability cover.

2. AC holds Professional Indemnity insurance which provides cover for the civil liability resulting from the conduct of the professional services provided during placements.  AC also expects that any placement hosts will have an appropriate level of Professional Indemnity cover.

3. AC does not provide Personal Accident insurance, although AC recommends that the student considers obtaining this for themselves depending on their own circumstances.

Responsible for implementation

Chair, Learning and Teaching Committee

Key stakeholders

Faculty and students


Experiential Education and CTM Procedures

Procedures to make an insurance claim

To make a claim under AC's Public Liability or Professional Indemnity insurance, please contact AC administration (accounts@ac.edu.au) as soon as practicable after the event to which the claim relates.

Clinical Teaching Model Participation Procedures

1. Admission. Admission to the CTM program is in addition to the normal admission criteria into an AC Education course of study. It is by application only and includes validation by the Host School to ensure that the PST suits the specific needs and requirements.

A CTM Application must be submitted to the AC Registrar’s Office to be assessed by the relevant Program Director. The CTM Application Form includes:

i. statement of purpose;

ii. letter of support from Host School (Principal or School Board), including:

nominated Coach;

expected time allocation;

any technical support;

nature of any remuneration.

iii. character reference;

iv. GPA of credit for RES101 or RES401, or equivalent;

v. Curriculum Vitae demonstrating current engagement with children/youth;

vi. signed application form which agrees to contractual obligations and Host School’s policies and procedures.

The application process will also usually include an interview with School Principal and Coach. Admission into a CTM program is not automatic and will depend on various factors, such as availability, suitability, etc.

2. Monitoring of CTM placement. At the end of each semester, AC will ascertain the suitability and sustainability of the CTM for all stakeholders. Continuation of the PST in a Host School will be dependent on recommendation by the Coach and CTM Regional Director, as well as satisfactory coursework results and PE reports. A PST in a CTM program who has been classified as ‘at risk’ and is on an Academic Progress Intervention Strategy, may be required to withdraw from the CTM program.

At any point, the PST and/or Host School may choose to exit the arrangement. This must be done in consultation with the CTM Regional Director and AC Program Director. Suitable documentation will be required for the PST’s record. If this occurs, the PST may continue their studies and complete the award through the standard mixed mode delivery.