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Unit Overview


Students undertake 30 days (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.

Students will collect data for a Capstone Project that will be introduced and submitted in the unit EDUC5114.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth), government or non-government schoolFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth), government or non-government schoolFace to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth), government or non-government schoolFace to face

Students are able to (1) know students and how they learn: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of children's characteristics and development. Plan and implement learning strategies and teaching techniques 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 wide range of instructional strategies and resources (including ICT), to foster critical thinking and opportunities for independent and collaborative learning.; (3) design and implement with confidence 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: Design a range of assessment strategies and interpret data collected to make judgements about future teaching interventions, and report on student's achievements.; (6) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key principles of the Code of Ethics for the teaching profession, legislative acts and regulations.; and (7) successfully meet the requirements of the AITSL mandated Teaching Performance Assessment.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: professional practice report submitted by teacher mentors. 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 professional practice report submitted by teacher mentors component.

This unit is assessed on an ungraded pass/ungraded failed basis. All assessment items must be successfully completed.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Rachel Wicking
Unit rules
Unit(s) EDUC5510 Professional Practice A
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
30 days full-time attendance on professional practice in schools and educational settings
Conditions for Professional Practice units:
(1) A current Department of Education Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) 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 School of Education (GSE) Professional Code of Conduct.
(2) Students must gain a pass grade on assessments in core units in which they are concurrently enrolled.
  • 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.