EDUC5405 School Psychology Professional Practice I

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
In preparation for professional practice, students attend lectures and workshops that introduce them to the diverse nature of schools and teacher's work. Students examine a range of aspects required for classroom teaching and consider the role of the school psychologist in this environment. Students also spend 30 days in schools. The first part comprises five distributed days followed by a two-week block of professional practice in special education. Students have an opportunity to use a variety of teaching and learning strategies in a classroom setting under the guidance of a mentor teacher. The second part comprises a three-week block with an experienced school psychologist mentor. During this time, students observe their mentors carrying out school psychology tasks and work under the direct supervision of their mentor on a range of school psychology-related activities. Constructive feedback and reflection during both components of professional practice provide a basis for the application of knowledge and development of skills. A University supervisor visits the student once during each component of the professional practice to provide feedback and make an assessment of the level of competence.
Students are able to (1) undertake a range of responsibilities related to teaching and the role of a school psychologist; (2) use relevant planning documents to prepare and implement effective teaching and learning activities in a special education classroom setting; (3) design and teach effective lesson plans, using a variety of resources to engage student interest; (4) demonstrate knowledge of psycho-social learning and cognitive theories and their application to student learning and behaviours; (5) engage in a range of activities which demonstrate a clear understanding of the role and tasks undertaken by school psychologists; (6) use a range of assessment instruments and interpret and report on the results of the assessment; (7) develop and sustain professional behaviours and working relationships with mentors, school colleagues and other stakeholders; (8) accept and act on advice from their mentor and University supervisor; and (9) use reflective practices as a basis for self-improvement.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) reports submitted by UWA supervisor and (2) reports submitted by mentors. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ken Glasgow
Unit rules
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in School Psychology
EDUC5485 Development, Teaching and Learning; EDUC5469 School Psychology I; EDUC5468 Special Education Curriculum I
Approved quota: 25—only students accepted into the Graduate Diploma in School Psychology are able to enrol in this unit.
Contact hours
lectures/workshops: 2 hours per week (for 6 weeks); professional practice: 6 weeks full-time attendance in school
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