EDUC5536 Professional Practice B Secondary

12 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Students undertake 30 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 also complete a capstone project based on their professional practice experience in this unit.

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

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.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate the necessary knowledge, skills and pedagogical understanding to independently plan, implement and assess learning programs in early childhood, primary or secondary educational settings.; (2) prepare 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 ability.; (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 students' learning.; (5) incorporate literacy and numeracy strategies to support learning appropriate to the learning area or context and 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 students' 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, educators, and 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 pre-service teachers, teachers and schools.; (11) use reflective practice techniques to identify and evaluate aspects of practice 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) professional practice reports submitted by UWA supervisor and teacher mentors and (2) capstone project: Assessment for Graduate Teachers (AfGT). 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 reports submitted by UWA supervisor and teacher mentors and capstone project: Assessment for Graduate Teachers (AfGT) components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Rachel Wicking
Unit rules
EDUC5535 Professional Practice A Secondary; demonstration of a good standard of literacy and satisfactory progress in course assessment
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
lectures/workshops: 2 hours per week for 6 weeks; professional practice: 35 days full-time attendance in schools and educational settings
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 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 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.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.