STEM professional experience

STEM professional experiences

We provide pre-service teachers with funding when completing their professional experience in secondary science, technologies, and mathematics (STEM).

Pre-service STEM teachers completing their professional experience can receive $250 per week in the metropolitan area and up to $700 per week in some regional areas. 

In addition to financial subsidies, participants have access to our induction program and ongoing support.

Funding is only available to those who are completing their final or penultimate professional experience (usually during their third or fourth year of a Bachelor of Education, or first or second year of a Master of Teaching).

Funding will vary based on the education region in which you undertake your professional experience.

Education region Funding amount (per week)
  Final professional experience rate Penultimate professional experience rate
Goldfields, Kimberley and Pilbara $700 $350
Midwest $700 $350
Wheatbelt $700 $350
Southwest $500 $250
Metropolitan $250 Not applicable

Applications for 2023 are closed. 

  1. Before you apply, talk with your university professional experience team to organise a professional experience placement.
  2. When applications are open in 2024,, download and complete the Pre-service Development Program application form.
  3. Follow the submission instructions provided on the form.

We will review your application and email you regarding the outcome. If your application is successful, payment is normally processed 2 weeks before your placement commences.

If you have any questions about your application, email us at

Professional experiences in 2024

All applicants must attend an induction, as well as reflection and professional learning sessions. We will provide you with details before the events.

We will provide dates early in 2024.

We receive a high volume of applicants and are unable to support all who apply for our program. We recommend you submit your application prior to the due date.

Participation in the program does not guarantee future employment in a public school.

We review and update this information regularly to ensure the program meets the workforce needs of the Department.

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