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Unit Overview


In preparation for their second and final professional practice, students attend lectures and workshops to further develop their professional practice. This is followed by an extended practicum of nine weeks from approximately August to November (this period includes two weeks of school vacation). They teach upper secondary classes in their major and lower secondary classes in their minor. Students are expected to implement a variety of approaches and techniques in the classroom. Under the guidance of the mentor teacher and the University supervisor, they are encouraged to engage in reflective practice to develop their teaching styles and confidence in their management techniques. While students have the support of a mentor teacher, a high level of commitment, independence and competence is expected of students at this stage of their pre-service education. Pre-service teachers are encouraged to participate in, and contribute to, the life of the school beyond their learning area.

18 points

Students are able to (1) demonstrate the necessary knowledge, skills and pedagogical understanding to independently plan, implement and assess learning programs in Years 7 to 12 in their curriculum major and in Years 7 to 10 in their curriculum minor; (2) plan and implement with confidence a variety of learning and teaching strategies and resources (including educational technologies) to cater for students with diverse backgrounds, a 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 student learning; (5) incorporate literacy and numeracy strategies to support learning appropriate to the learning area or context and to the 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 student learning and 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, 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 and organisational policies and processes which apply to pre-service teachers and teachers in educational settings; (11) use reflective practice techniques as a basis for self-improvement; and (12) demonstrate the necessary knowledge, skills and attributes for professional practice as described by the National Professional Standards for graduate teachers.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) UWA supervisor reports and (2) teacher mentor reports. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Rachel Wicking
Unit rules
enrolment in
a Bachelor of Education combined course
or Master of Teaching course.
for students in a Bachelor of Education combined course: EDUC3303 Introduction to Teaching
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).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Student Name Badges (estimated cost - 9).
Contact hours
lectures: 5&mdash
1 per week
professional practice: 9 weeks full-time in a secondary school
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 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 one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. 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.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.