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Professional Experience: Graduate Diploma Secondary (EDN514)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Description Students undertake a 10-day block of school-based experience focusing on teaching their specialist curriculum area(s). This is an opportunity to try a variety of techniques and approaches in a classroom context under the guidance of a Mentor Teacher.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit Prospective Student Teachers should be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students and how these may affect learning
2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area (curriculum minor)
3. Organise content into an effective learning and teaching sequence
4. Plan lesson sequences using knowledge of student learning, content and effective teaching strategies
5. Include a range of teaching strategies
6. Demonstrate knowledge of a range of resources including ICT to engage students
7. Demonstrate the capacity to organise classroom activities and provide clear directions
8. Demonstrate understanding of assessment strategies to assess learning
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminars: 1 x 2 hours prior to placement.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is applying theory into practice. Preservice teachers will be mentored by a qualified teacher throughout the duration of the placement who will introduce them to the scope of the teaching profession. A team teaching approach to the planning, teaching and assessment cycle will be employed during this placement. Students will focus on getting to know the students, the curriculum, classroom management strategies and planning a sequence of lessons.
Other Learning Experiences 10 days full-time block placement in a school and one meeting before the placement is to be undertaken.
Assessment Students assessed against a standardised assessment format based on the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) and Murdoch Graduate Attributes (MGA).
Formative assessment and feedback includes onsite mentor, school coordinator, university moderator and unit coordinator. Self-assessment report completed at the end of first week, discussed with mentor teacher and submitted to professional experience office. Students at risk of failing identified and an External Mentor assigned to support, observe and assess. The mentor teacher submits a summative assessment report based on pre-service teachers ability to address identified APSTs/ MGAs.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) course; successful completion of EDN550 Transition to Teaching OR BED150/EDN112/EDN1121 Understanding Teachers' Work or EDU101/EDU1011 Introduction to Teaching.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed EDN2161 Professional Experience: Secondary Graduate Diploma may not enrol in this unit for credit. Students in the BEd (Secondary) course should not enrol in this unit but rather in either EDN3101 School Experience: BEd Secondary as recommended in the course structure.
Notes Students are required to have completed or be enrolled concurrently in their minor curriculum unit.
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: http://www.murdoch.edu.au/School-of-Education/Professional-Experience
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 2014: EDN2161
2014: 'Professional Experience: Secondary Graduate Diploma'
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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Mrs Kathryn Dehle
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Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7240
e: K.Dehle@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.021A - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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