Professional Portfolio

Subject EDUC90415 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 37.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Year Long, 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 or on-line, part-time only

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 108 hours
Total Time Commitment: 300 hours total commitment
Prerequisites: 150 points of study in the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) or Master of Teaching (Secondary).
Corequisites: You must take the following subject in the same study period
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.


Dr Julianne Moss


Education Student Centre
Subject Overview: The subject focuses on supporting effective personal professional development in the initial stages of teaching. With assistance from a designated faculty mentor, graduate teachers collate and present evidence of practice against the standards for teaching. Graduate teachers are supported through a range of on campus and online workshops in topics related to knowledge, practice and professional engagement in teaching. Emphasis is given to areas that have been identified through research as threshold areas of learning for beginning teachers including pedagogical skills for teaching, managing behaviour and aspects of pedagogical content knowledge relevant to specialist areas for teaching. Assigned mentors provide online support and advice in response to these issues and to the interests and needs of the graduate teachers.
Objectives: On completion of this subject graduate teachers will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of their practice in relation to the standards for teaching
  • Collate and present evidence to demonstrate their professional practice
  • Articulate key issues and concepts that have influenced their initial phase of teaching
  • Apply strategic processed to support their on-going professional development
  • Approach teaching with confidence
  • Reflect critically on their own transition to teaching and identify areas for future professional growth.

There will be 2 assessment tasks:

  • A presentation (or synchronous on-online presentation, if required) and written commentary (equivalent to 4000 words) due mid-year (40%)
  • A portfolio and oral panel presentation (or synchronous on-line presentation, if required) (equivalent to 6000 words) due end of year (60%).
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 graduate teachers will have the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to:
  • Be skilled communicators who can effectively articulate and justify relationships between theory, research and teaching
  • Be flexible and able to adapt to change through knowing how to learn using research processes;
  • Understand the significance of developing their practice on the basis of research evidence and the standards for teaching;
  • Work in teams with skills in cooperation, communication and negotiation to engage in reflective and critical discussion of research in education and teaching;
  • Be independent of mind, responsible, resilient, self-regulating;
  • Have a conscious personal and social values base that is applied to their teaching
Related Course(s): Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Master of Teaching (Secondary)

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