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Unit Overview


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.

6 points

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.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: two supervisory visits made to each student during the teaching practice with both written and oral feedback provided in additional 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 requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the two supervisory visits made to each student during the teaching practice with both written and oral feedback provided in additional to mentor, teacher and University reports component.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Rachel Wicking
Unit rules
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
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/workshops: 2 hours per week for 6 weeks
professional practice: 6 weeks full-time attendance in school
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.
  • 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.