Professional Practice and Seminar Prim 1

Subject EDUC90772 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

November, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 03-Nov-2015 to 23-Nov-2015
Assessment Period End 23-Dec-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 06-Nov-2015
Census Date 13-Nov-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 04-Dec-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: 3 preparation days on campus and 22 days of professional practice in a primary school including 6 hours of school-based seminar
Total Time Commitment:

85 hours


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Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

The professional practice and seminar program provides an integrated focus on all subjects taught in the semester and addresses Teacher Candidates’ developing understandings of professional knowledge, professional practice and professional engagement in the primary school context. The school placement focuses on developing an understanding of student characteristics, principles of learning and teaching, classroom management and school organisation in typical primary school settings. Candidates begin to analyse teaching and learning to identify lesson formats that make productive classrooms and pedagogies that are effective for individual students. Candidates are mentored by experienced primary teachers in collaboration with Clinical Specialists who are engaged in the on-campus teaching program. The professional practice seminars support Candidates’ learning about how theory informs practice, providing opportunities for examination of theoretical frameworks and associated practical tasks assigned during the placement. Seminars include class presentations, analysis of assessment tasks and in-depth reflection on theory and practice for teaching in primary classrooms. Candidates will provide evidence of their development as an interventionist primary classroom practitioner during the Clinical Praxis Examination.

Note: Candidates who are not familiar with contemporary Australian school contexts are advised to undertake a program of workshops (12-18 hours in total) available as an alternate pathway for this subject and known as ‘Contemporary Australian Schooling’. These workshops will parallel Candidates’ introduction to the Australian classroom environment and the Victorian primary school curriculum. Candidates will develop knowledge of typical school structures, policies and procedures as well as skills for personal professional interaction between students, mentors and peers. Candidates undertaking this program will be expected to attend their placement schools on all prescribed days and attend all professional practice seminars. There is a reduced requirement for independent, whole class teaching for the duration of the workshop program.

Learning Outcomes:

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 primary classrooms;
  • Respond to constructive feedback and reflect upon their professional practice;
  • Communicate effectively with peers, mentors and students.

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

  • Professional Practice, during all days of practicum, 70%
  • Clinical Praxis Exam, during exam period, 30%

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:

  • Effectively articulate and justify their professional practice in teaching;
  • Be able to adapt to change through knowing how to learn;
  • Understand the significance of developing their practice on the basis of research evidence;
  • Work collegiately and collaboratively;
  • Be independent of mind, responsible, resilient, self-regulating;
  • Have a conscious personal and social values base that is evident in their teaching.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Teaching (Primary)

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