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Student Teaching in Australia

Teacher Candidates have a unique opportunity to do one portion of their student teaching placement in the Sunshine Coast of Australia. This option consists of spending June through early September in Australia, having an orientation to the program and Australian culture, an optional Outback Tour, and culminates in a placement at one of the school districts. The second portion of the student teaching requirement is completed in a Rochester area school district in the spring semester prior to the summer placement in Australia, or in the fall semester immediately following the summer placement.

The Field Experience Office at the College at Brockport has partnered with the SUNY Cortland study abroad office, which administers the program for local SUNY participating schools. For more information, visit the SUNY Cortland Study Abroad website and click on their Australia Program.

An information session will be held in the fall of each year to give more information to interested candidates and have former participants share their experiences. Please view the flyer with previous student teacher testimonials, and links to the Australian school districts that host student teachers. A second flyer outlines the placement dates and gives more information. If you can't wait for the fall session, please contact Diane Maurer, Director of Field Experience and Certification, at (585) 395-2596 or by e-mail at

Shannon Zaloga, Childhood Inclusive program (pictured) is student teaching in Australia at Talara Primary College during summer 2015. Joining Shannon on the Sunshine Coast is Zak Smith, Adolescence Inclusive Generalist Social Studies program, who is student teaching at Currimundi Special School.