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Final Professional Experience 1: Secondary Teaching (EDN4303)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: ST2-placement, ST3-placement
Description This unit gives students the opportunity to consolidate their theoretical understandings of teaching and develop a high level of professional competence in a Secondary School setting. It aims to nurture the development of the reflective practitioner and establish a foundation for confronting the issues associated with the professional responsibilities of being a teacher. On completion of the unit, students will be expected to show progress towards achievement at the Graduate level in each of the Australian Graduate Standards for Teachers.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit pre-service teachers should be making sound progress to be able to: 1. Know Pre-service Teachers and how they learn a. Synthesize knowledge of self, learner and context 2. Know the content and how to teach it a. Develop and implement specific curriculum structures and polices in major teaching area b. Work with current and future curriculum issues 3. Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning a. Take individual responsibility for teaching b. Utilise short, mid and long term integrated planning strategies 4. Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments a. Synthesise theory and practice b. Incorporate a range of relevant pedagogies c. Develop personal classroom management philosophy and incorporate into planning 5. Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning a. Develop and implement a range of assessments appropriate to major curriculum area 6. Engage in professional learning 7. Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community
Timetabled Learning Activities
Unit Learning Experiences Pre-Service Teachers undertake 3 weeks professional experience and will teach for approximately 50% of a teaching load.
This unit, in addition to providing opportunities to develop planning/teaching skills and personal qualities required for teaching, also provides the opportunity for learning by observation, assisting with teaching, interacting with students and staff and further exploring a variety of aspects in the functioning of a school.
It takes place immediately prior to Final Professional Experience 2.
Other Learning Experiences Three weeks of full-time block placement in a secondary school. One meeting will be held, prior to the Professional Experience, to explain the expectations and requirements of the Professional Experience.
Assessment Formative feedback will be completed by a Self-Evaluation Report, completed by the Pre-Service Teacher and discussed with the Mentor Teacher to ensure accuracy.

The mentor teacher will submit a summative assessment based on the pre-service teacher's ability to address the identified APST and MGA.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the final semester of a Bachelor of Secondary Teaching. Students will be required to have successfully completed all the required units.
Notes Prior to placement in any school for Professional Experience, it is mandatory that pre-service teachers complete or obtain several forms and clearances.
Information and forms regarding these mandatory requirements can be accessed via the Professional Experience website:
Completion and submission of these mandatory requirements is essential before placements can be arranged.
Assessment A result of Ungraded Pass or Fail is awarded for this unit.
Previously 2015: 'Professional Internship: Preliminary Secondary Teaching'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Advanced Mathematics Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Bachelor of Education (Secondary Teaching) (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Biology and Environmental Science Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Biology and Human Biology Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Chemistry Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Earth and Environmental Science Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
English Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Geography and Economics (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
History (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Mathematics Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Physical Education Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Physics Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Politics (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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