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This is the Placement system used by the Education–SPE Program at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Once you have logged into Sonia Online, your School homepage will become active. From here you can access information relating to your Placement including:

  • your placement details;
  • Forms and information for Mandatory Requirements;
  • Reminders and important dates;
  • Electronic forms;
  • Facility information;
  • Selecting placement group preferences;
  • Uploading and viewing documentation.

Education Placement Announcements and weekly Newsletter

Education Placement and Sonia Fact Sheets and Information

Mandatory checks

You need to ensure that you have completed the following mandatory requirements prior to the commencement of your Supervised Professional Experience (SPE) (placement). If you have experienced extreme circumstances resulting in a delay to submit any requirements, it is essential you advise the Education Partnerships and Professional Learning (EPPL) Office as soon as possible by e-mailing edprofessionallearning@usc.edu.au.

You can view the status of your mandatory checks in Sonia under CHECKS. Sonia is your online placement information source.

Blue Cards

Apply for a new card or link your existing card on your first placement. Check expiry date for each subsequent placement.

Blue Card Fact Sheet (PDF 111KB)

To commence SPE you need a current and valid Blue Card that has either been obtained from USC OR obtained through another organisation and then linked to USC. Your Blue Card must remain current for the entire duration of your placement. You will not be able to commence placement until you have received your Blue Card so be mindful of the processing time in relation to your placement dates. Blue Card forms can take 6–10 weeks or longer to process.


Complete before your first placement only.

PrePlace FAQ (PDF 102KB)

PrePlace is a series of three modules located on Blackboard that you must complete prior to your first SPE (or once during your Program). PrePlace will help prepare you for workplace learning whilst on SPE and cover topics such as workplace health and safety, workplace dynamics and much more. Access is provided 50 days before each Semester commences.

Student Placement Agreement (2 forms)

Student Placement Agreement Fact Sheet (PDF 113KB)

It is 2 electronic form s completed through Sonia before you attend your SPE. Failure to do so will exclude you from attending your SPE.

The Student Placement Agreement (SPA) form has now been split into two sections which will be completed as two separate forms in your Sonia account. FORMS 1 AND 2 are mandatory. In addition, there is a third form that is used if any changes occur to your personal information.

  1. SPA (Personal Information Disclosure) form
    • Due by the Friday of Week One
    • To be assigned to as soon as a student is enrolled in a Placement Group
    • *IMPORTANT: The Placement Office cannot commence seeking a site for your placement until you have completed this form in Sonia.
  2. SPA (Placement Partner Details form)
    • Due by the Thursday before placement starts
    • To be assigned to students once they have been allocated a placement site
  3. Ongoing Disclosure of Personal Information for Student Placement form
    • This form is only completed if there are any changes to the information in Form 1 (i.e. Student Placement Agreement (Personal information Disclosure)).
    • You  will  login  to  Sonia,  click  on  the  FORMS  tab  and  add  the  self-selectable  form  from  the  drop-down menu at the top of the page.

Contact the Education Partnerships and Professional Learning (EPPL) Office

Gina Hebbes
Early Childhood, Primary & Secondary
Phone:  07 5430 2950
Email: ghebbes@usc.edu.au

Pam Goodfellow
Early Childhood, Primary & Secondary
Fraser Coast/Gympie
Phone:  07 5456 5622
Email: pgoodfel@usc.edu.au

Brooke Palframan
Early Childhood & Primary
Sippy Downs
Phone:  07 5459 4734
Email: bpalfram@usc.edu.au

Tammy Thompson
Sippy Downs
Phone:  07 5456 5017
Email: tthomps3@usc.edu.au


Please visit the Events page to view all current events.


Employment Forums

The Employment Forum is held twice yearly on the Friday during Orientation Week for third or final year Pre-service teachers currently studying at USC. This includes Undergraduate and Post-Graduate Programs.

Employment Forum 2

High-quality educators will present on a range of topics to prepare Pre-service teachers for employment such as employment opportunities in various regions and sectors, applying for jobs in different sectors, and advice on how to prepare for interviews and teaching skills and policies.

Throughout the forum there will also be opportunities to network with educators, as well as attend an expo of stallholders in education industries (Forum 1 only).

Students that check in and check out with the USC staff member at the Forum will be entitled to 6 hours Wider Field Experience (WFE). You will receive by e-mail a Certificate of Attendance.

View the event program | Register now

Friday 20 July 2018

Employment Forum 1, 2018 Video Recordings

Watch video 1

  • Chapter 1 QCT registration and Australian Professional Standards
  • Chapter 2 TEACHER application process and employment opportunities in a State School
  • Chapter 3 Employment with and teaching in a Catholic School

Watch video 2

  • Chapter 1 Living and working in a rural and remote P–12 school

Watch video 3

  • Chapter 1 Career in Indigenous Education
  • Chapter 2 Teach special education with DET
  • Chapter 3 Career in Environmental Education

Learning Lounges

What is a Learning Lounge? A Learning Lounge involves Pre-Service Teachers from USC going to a school site to participate in professional development provided by high quality practitioners on any topic which would enhance their repertoire of skills and thus make them better prepared for success during Supervised Professional Experience. Each topic includes a workshop, and students will be emailed a Certificate of Attendance for Wider Field Experience hours (if they check in and attend the workshop).


Learning Lounge: Opportunities with State Schools

The Teach Queensland Ambassador team, Aaron Bates and Bree Seibel, will be hosting an 'informal get-together' for USC students interested in learning about:

  • potential employment opportunities with the Department of Education
  • how to start the EQ registration process
  • how to interview with EQ
  • teaching in rural and remote areas
  • subsidies and grants
  • surviving your first year


  • Option 1: 2nd August 10–11am @ USC Caboolture campus
  • Option 2: 3rd August 9–10am @ USC Sunshine Coast campus

Register now

Thursday 2 August or Friday 3 August 2018

Learning Lounge Video Recordings

The Calm Classroom: A Collaborative Approach to Supporting Students with Emotional and Behavioural Challenges (with Dr. Johann Eloff & Dr. Lize Andrews)

Watch Video

11 June 2018

Coast to Country tour

The Coast to Country tour is a USC initiative that provide pre-service teachers with the opportunity to participate in a week-long experience in a rural or remote location to experience living and working in a country community that you may not otherwise experience. 

The tour is intended to assist you to make informed decisions about your options for employment when you graduate (and to consider a rural and remote location), as well as provide opportunities to you to undertake a future placement in a rural and remote location.

In Semester 1 2018, The Coast to Country initiative WAS a 5 day experience in the following towns: Darling Downs Region visiting Dalby West State School, Roma State College, Wallumbilla, Yuleba State School, Miles SHS, Miles State School, Chinchilla State High School, Jandowae State School, Kumbia State School and Kingaroy State School. A total of 9 primary and high schools were visited.

Check back here in early 2019 for next year's Tour information.  You will also be e-mailed the information.

Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Awards

Do you know an outstanding supervising teacher, early childhood educator or site coordinator?

Think about the supervising teachers and site coordinators that you have experienced during your program. Education students, academic and sessional staff, are invited to identify outstanding site coordinators and supervisors of the preservice teacher. The University of the Sunshine Coast would like to recognise the excellent work of school and early childhood practitioners who have passed on their expertise by providing professional experiences for USC preservice teachers.

Take the time to nominate the person you found inspirational, a role model, provided outstanding learning experiences, supports USC students on their professional journey or goes above and beyond for the future of the profession. It will only take a couple of minutes to lodge a nomination so take the time to express your thanks for the important work of these educators now.

The award will provide evidence of educator’s contribution to engagement with professional learning to improve practice. To reflect the diverse contributions of educators three categories of award have been established.

  • Category 1: Supervising secondary, primary or early childhood educator
  • Category 2: Rural and remote secondary, primary or early childhood educator or site coordinator
  • Category 3: Site Coordinator

An educator who has supervised or coordinated USC preservice teacher placements over the last four calendar years; and provides outstanding support for preservice teachers during professional experience.

Nominations are now closed - please check back soon for the next ITE Awards at the end of 2018. You will also be e-mailed when nominations open.

Please note

It is the responsibility of each student to ensure their mandatory documents are current and that the originals are available for sighting on request from USC or Placement Staff.

This database is a ‘work in progress’ – you may still need to check Blackboard for additional information, and some facility information may be provided via additional emails. If you believe any of the content is incorrect please contact the placement coordinator.

Mandatory checks

View your mandatory placement requirements.

Please Note: It is the responsibility of each student to ensure their mandatory requirements are fulfilled before attending placement.

Mandatory checks

Login to Sonia Online

  • first select your role (i.e. Student / Site (School) / PLL)
  • next enter your ‘USC username’ and ‘password’ in the spaces provided
  • then click on the ‘sign in’ button

Sonia for Students App

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Sonia support

For more information or technical support:

Email: USCSoniaSupport@usc.edu.au