EDUC5535 Professional Practice A Secondary

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Content
Students undertake 35 days of professional teaching practice in an accredited government or non-government educational setting, under the guidance of a mentor teacher who provides assistance in planning learning experiences/lessons, programming, assessment and management of the learning environment.

Students will attend lectures, seminars, or workshops prior to and following their professional practice, to explore and build on key professional competencies and duties of the teaching profession.

This is the first of a series of two professional practice units and will be followed by EDUC5536, the final professional practice unit in the course.

Within the Master of Teaching Secondary course, students will take two professional placement units. Students will teach primarily in their major curriculum area. In EDUC5535 Professional Practice A Secondary, students will undertake 35 days of professional practice. In EDUC5536 Professional Practice B Secondary, students will undertake 30 days of professional practice and complete a capstone project. EDUC5535 must be completed before EDUC5536.
Outcomes
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 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 students' needs, interests and ability; (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 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 students' interest; (7) begin to develop and implement strategies to assess 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.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) microteaching; (2) test; and (3) professional practice reports submitted by UWA supervisor and 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 microteaching, test, and professional practice reports submitted by UWA supervisor and teacher mentors components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Rachel Wicking
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
6x1 hour lectures and 6x1 hour workshops plus 35 days full-time attendance in schools and educational settings
Note
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 and curriculum 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.