UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

EDUC5500 Professional Practice B

Credit 12 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth), government or non government schoolFace to face
Non-standard teaching period(Perth), Curriculum government or non-government school (Face to face)Face to face
Content Students undertake 35 days (five distributed days and a six-week block) of teaching practice within government and non-government educational settings under the guidance of a mentor teacher who provides assistance in planning learning experiences/lessons, programming, assessment and management of the learning environment. In addition, lectures and seminars prior to professional practice explore key professional competencies and duties of the teaching profession.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) demonstrate the necessary knowledge, skills and pedagogical understanding to independently plan, implement and assess learning programs in early childhood, primary or secondary educational settings; (2) plan and implement learning strategies and teaching techniques to cater for children/students with diverse backgrounds, range of abilities, social skills and motivation for learning; (3) design and implement with confidence a variety of learning, assessment and instructional strategies and resources (including educational technologies); (4) use a range and variety of appropriate techniques and strategies to manage and support children's/students' learning; (5) incorporate literacy and numeracy strategies to support learning appropriate to the learning area or context and children/students being taught; (6) draw on a wide range of instructional strategies and resources (including educational technologies), to foster critical thinking and opportunities for independent and collaborative learning; (7) use both informal and formal assessment strategies to monitor, assess, record and provide feedback on children's/students' learning and provide the basis for future planning; (8) display professional and ethical conduct, including high standards of self management and collaborative behaviours to establish productive and professional working relationships with peers, educators, school and University staff; (9) respond appropriately and act on advice from their mentors and University staff; (10) understand and comply with the relevant legislative, administrative, organisational policies and processes which apply to pre-service teachers and teachers in schools and educational settings; (11) use reflective practice techniques to identify and evaluate aspects of practice as a basis for self-improvement; and (12) demonstrate the necessary knowledge, skills and attributes for professional practice as described by National Professional Standards for graduate teachers.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) professional practice reports submitted by UWA supervisor and teacher mentors; (2) test; and (3) written assignment. 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 professional practice reports submitted by UWA supervisor and teacher mentors, test, and written assignment 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: EDUC5510 Professional Practice A; demonstration of a good standard of literacy and satisfactory progress in course assessment
Contact hours lectures/workshops: 2 hrs per week for 6 weeks; professional practice: 35 days full-time attendance in schools and educational settings
Unit OutlineTS-A-1D : http://www.unitoutlines.education.uwa.edu.au/Units/EDUC5500/TS-A-1D/2017
TS-A-2F : http://www.unitoutlines.education.uwa.edu.au/Units/EDUC5500/TS-A-2F/2017
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 a student must approach the Department of Education for permission to proceed (see Professional requirements). Students are required to read, sign and adopt the Graduate Studies 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.

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