Professional Practice & Seminar Sec 1r

Subject EDUC90411 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Parkville, On Campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 15 days of Professional Practice in a secondary school including 6 hours Practicum Seminar sessions on campus.
Total Time Commitment: 15 days of Professional Practice
Prerequisites: A current Working With Children Check (WWCC).
Corequisites: You must take the following subjects in the same study period
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

Permission is required for enrolments in semesters other than Semester 1.

100 per cent attendance is mandatory


Ms Catherine Reid


Education Student Centre
Subject Overview: The Professional Practice and Seminar Program provides an integrated focus for all subjects taught in the semester and addresses Teacher Candidates’ developing understandings of professional knowledge, professional practice and professional engagement. The school placement focuses on developing an understanding of school organisation, management of classrooms, principles of learning and teaching and their application to content areas for teaching. Teacher Candidates analyse their teaching to identify characteristics of lessons that make productive classrooms and are mentored by experienced teachers in collaboration with Clinical Specialists who are engaged in the on-campus teaching program and Teaching Fellows based in schools. The Professional Practice Seminars provide Teacher Candidates with opportunities to examine theoretical frameworks concerning instructional processes, student centred learning and associated practical tasks that have been assigned during the placement.

On completion of this subject Teacher Candidates should be able to:

  • Apply professional criteria to their own teaching and professional activity;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics of learners;
  • Understand how principles of learning and teaching are able to be adapted to meet the needs of individual students;
  • Synthesise their theoretical and practical understandings of teaching in secondary classrooms;
  • Use constructive criticism and discussion to evaluate and reflect on values and practices in relation to professional practice;
  • Communicate effectively with other professionals, and provide feedback to students to assist their learning.

There are 2 assessment tasks:

  • Teaching Performance (65%)
  • Contribution to Practicum seminars and development of the Professional Practice portfolio. (35%)

There are 2 hurdle requirements:
  • Attendance on all days of placement
  • Attendance at all Practicum Seminars.
Prescribed Texts: Collection of readings.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completion of this subject, Teacher Candidates will have the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to:
  • Be skilled communicators who can effectively articulate and justify their professional practice in teaching
  • Be flexible and able to adapt to change through knowing how to learn;
  • Understand the significance of developing their practice on the basis of research evidence;
  • Work in teams with skills in cooperation, communication and negotiation;
  • Be independent of mind, responsible, resilient, self-regulating;
  • Have a conscious personal and social values base that is evident in their teaching.

Related Course(s): Master of Teaching (Secondary)

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