EDUC5481 Professional Practice I

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth), government or non-government schoolMulti-mode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth), government or non-government schoolMulti-mode
Content
In preparation for their first professional practice, students attend lectures and workshops to introduce them to the diverse nature of teachers' work and the competencies required for classroom teaching and management. All students undertake 30 days in schools (five distributed days followed by five weeks of professional practice). They have an opportunity to use a variety of techniques and approaches in a classroom context under the guidance of a mentor teacher in the school. Mentors provide assistance in programming, lesson planning and classroom management. Constructive feedback and reflection on each lesson provides a basis for the development of teaching skills. A University supervisor visits the student twice during the professional practice to provide feedback and make an assessment of the level of competence.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) synthesise the knowledge and understandings acquired from their coursework and relevant curriculum documents to prepare, implement and assess learning experiences in secondary school settings; (2) prepare and implement purposeful and sequential learning experiences appropriate to a learning area, which cater for students with diverse backgrounds and are responsive to student needs, interests and abilities; (3) design and implement learning experiences appropriate to a particular group of students and use a range of instructional strategies and resources (including educational technologies); (4) plan for and implement strategies to manage and support student learning; (5) plan for and implement literacy and numeracy strategies to support learning in a specific learning area; (6) select and use resources, including educational technologies, to engage and sustain student interest; (7) begin to develop and implement strategies to assess student learning; (8) display professional and ethical conduct, including high standards of self-management and collaborative behaviours to establish productive and professional working relationships with peers, school and University staff; (9) respond appropriately and act on advice from their mentors and University staff; (10) participate in a range of teacher duties and demonstrate an awareness of the (legal, social and moral) responsibilities of teachers in educational settings; and (11) use reflective practice techniques as a basis for self-improvement.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following way: two supervisory visits made to each student during the teaching practice with both written and oral feedback provided in addition to mentor, teacher and University reports. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite standard(s) for the two supervisory visits made to each student during the teaching practice with both written and oral feedback provided and mentor, teacher and University reports components of the unit, as specified in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Rachel Wicking
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in Education; Master of Teaching (Secondary); Master of Science Communication and Education;
or
Master of Psychology and Graduate Diploma in Education combined course
Contact hours
lectures/workshops: 2 hours per week for 6 weeks; professional practice: 6 weeks full-time attendance in school
Note
Conditions for Professional Practice units:
1. A current Department of Education National Police History Check (NPHC) and a Working with Children Clearance must be presented before any student undertakes professional practice in schools. If a clearance is not given the student must approach the Department of Education for permission to proceed (see Professional Requirements). Students are required to read, sign and adopt the Graduate School of Education (GSE) Professional Code of Conduct.
2. Students must gain a pass grade on assessments in core and curriculum units in which they are concurrently enrolled.
3. Students must pass the Pre-service Teacher Language Competence Test. Unsatisfactory results are reviewed by a panel of three course coordinators.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.