EDUC5510 Professional Practice A

6 points
(see Timetable)
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 enrolled in the secondary specialisation teach mainly in their major curriculum area. Experience in the minor curriculum area depends on subject availability and mentor availability in placement schools.
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 early childhood, primary or secondary educational settings; (2) prepare and implement purposeful and sequential learning experiences appropriate to a learning area or context, which cater for children/students with diverse backgrounds and are responsive to dhildren's/students' needs, interests and ability; (3) design and implement learning experiences appropriate to a particular group of children/students and use a range of instructional strategies and resources (including educational technologies); (4) plan for and implement strategies to manage and support children's/students' learning; (5) plan for and implement literacy and numeracy strategies to support learning in a specific learning area or context; (6) select and use resources, including educational technologies, to engage and sustain children's/students' interest; (7) begin to develop and implement strategies to assess children's/students' 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, educators, school and University staff; (9) respond appropriately and act on advice from mentors and University staff; (10) participate in a range of teacher duties and demonstrate an awareness of the (legal, social and moral) responsibilities of pre-service teachers, teachers and daycare centres/schools; and (11) use reflective practice techniques to identify and evaluate practice as a basis for self-improvement.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) UWA supervisor report and (2) teacher/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 teacher/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-3A_2019]
Non-standard teaching period [TS-A-4E_2019]
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.
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  • 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.
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