Professional Practice and Seminar (EY)

Subject EDUC90399 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

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

Semester 2, 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: 37 days of Professional Practice and related tasks.
Total Time Commitment:

2 preparation days on campus;
35 days of professional practice in a primary school including 8 hours of school-based seminar;

100% attendance is mandatory in all practicum subjects.


150 points of study in the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)

A current Working With Children Check (WWCC).


You must take the following subjects in the same study period

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
March, Semester 2
Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

The professional practice and seminar program provides an integrated focus on all subjects across the semester and addresses teacher candidates’ developing understandings of professional knowledge, professional practice and professional engagement in early years classrooms. The school placement focuses on a demonstrated capacity to teach independently addressing all curriculum domains and the learning needs of individual students. Teacher candidates are mentored by experienced teachers in collaboration with Clinical Specialists who are engaged in the on-campus teaching program. The professional practice seminars support teacher candidates’ ongoing learning about how theory informs practice. The seminars provide opportunities to examine theoretical frameworks and associated practical tasks that have been assigned during the placement to assist candidates identify and address the learning needs of students in early years classrooms. Seminars include class presentations, analysis of assessment tasks and in-depth reflection on theory and practice for teaching in the early years classroom. Teacher Candidates will provide evidence of their development as an interventionist classroom practitioner during the Clinical Praxis Examination.


On completion of this subject teacher candidates should be able to:

  • Apply professional criteria to their own teaching and professional activity;
  • Synthesise their theoretical and practical understandings of teaching in early years classrooms;
  • Use constructive criticism and discussion to evaluate and reflect on values and practices in relation to professional practice;
  • Communicate effectively with other professionals, parents and children;
  • Promote the profession of teaching in the wider community.

There are 2 assessment tasks:
• Professional Practice (during all days of practicum, 70%)
• Clinical Praxis Exam (end of semester, 30%)
Teacher candidates must pass both components.

There are 3 hurdle requirements:
• Attendance on all days of practicum;
• Attendance at all practicum seminars;
• Satisfactory completion of all Professional Portfolio Artefacts.

Prescribed Texts:

Pianta,R. C., La Paro, K. M., & Harme, B. K. (2011). Pre K CLASS Dimensions Guide. Teachstone: Charlottesville.

Pianta,R. C., La Paro, K. M., & Hamre, B. K. (2011). K-3 CLASS Dimensions Guide. Teachstone: Charlottesville.

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, students 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 (Early Childhood)

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