Professional Practice and Seminar Prim 3

Subject EDUC90489 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 preparation day (on campus), 29 days of professional practice in a primary school including 8 hours of school-based seminar.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


A current Working With Children Check (WWCC).

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
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 Overview, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

This subject synthesises Teacher Candidates’ understanding of the characteristics of professional knowledge, practice and engagement for professional accountability in the primary school context. The placement is focused on generalist primary classroom teaching across all curriculum areas and Candidates’ capacity to teach independently using sustained sequences of teaching that cater for the learning needs of individual students. Teacher mentors based in primary school settings and Clinical Specialists from the university will advise and monitor the Candidate throughout the placement

The professional practice seminars will focus on the context of the school, relationships with parents and the broader community and resources for teaching. Discussions and evaluations in seminars will focus on Candidates’ developing philosophical stance and emergent teacher identity. Candidates will provide evidence of their holistic development as an interventionist classroom practitioner during the Clinical Praxis Examination.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Use a range of strategies to establish a positive and inclusive learning environment
  • Establish a safe and productive learning environment with clear expectations for student behaviour
  • Independently access and manage a range of learning and teaching resources including technologies to support their teaching
  • Describe their professional practice using the National Professional Standards for Teachers
  • Plan and implement strategies to support their professional growth

There are 2 assessment tasks; both assessment tasks must be passed:

  • Professional Practice, during all days of practicum, 40%
  • Clinical Teaching Enquiry, during exam period, 60%

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:

Churchill et al. (2011) Teaching: Making a Difference. Milton, Wiley

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 the role of assessment 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 co-operation, communication and negotiation;
  • Be independent of mind, responsible, resilient, self-regulating;
  • Have conscious personal and social values base that is evident in their teaching.
Related Course(s): Master of Teaching (Primary)

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