EDUC5510 Professional Practice A

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
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 teaching and management of the learning environment. Students undertake 35 days of teaching practice over the year. Professional practice experiences occur within government and non-government schools and educational settings under the guidance of a mentor teacher who provides assistance in planning, delivering and evaluating lessons/activities and management of the learning environment. In addition, lectures and seminars after the first period of professional practice, build on student understandings about teaching to explore and develop further key professional competencies and issues including professional duties, ethical responsibilities, duty of care and social and other legal policies. The practicum is linked to other semester one and semester two units and assignments and focuses on the application of knowledge and skills acquired in them.
Students are able to (1) know students and how they learn: Demonstrate an understanding of children's characteristics and development. Plan and implement learning strategies to cater for students with diverse backgrounds, range of abilities, social skills and motivation for learning; (2) know the content and how to teach it: Apply content and subject knowledge to establish effective teaching programs that cater for students with diverse backgrounds, range of abilities, social skills and motivation for learning. Draw on a range of instructional strategies and resources (including ICT); (3) design and implement a variety of learning, assessment and instructional strategies and resources (including ICT), which take into consideration students with diverse backgrounds, range of abilities, social skills and motivation for learning; (4) create and maintain safe learning environments to promote positive behaviours, which includes the management of student participation, classroom activities and the safe and responsible use of ICT; (5) assess, provide feedback and report on student learning: Utilise assessment strategies to make judgements about future teaching interventions, and report on student's achievements; and (6) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key principles of the Code of Ethics for the teaching profession, legislative acts and regulations.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) UWA supervisor report and (2) Mentor report. 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 requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the UWA supervisor report and Mentor report components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Jane Loxton
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Student Name Badges (estimated cost - 9).
Contact hours
35 days full-time attendance in schools and educational settings
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-A-2G-2020]
Conditions for Professional Practice units:
(1) A current Department of Education National Police History Check 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 will be 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.