Teachers, Ethics and Professionalism: K-6 Internship

Course code EDUC4185Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

In this course students will reflect upon, and represent within a teaching portfolio, their professional learning during the program. They will refine their personal philosophy of teaching; explore the legal, social and ethical responsibilities associated with being a member of the teaching profession; and consider their responsibility as participants in local, national and global teaching communities. The course requires students to undertake a full time 50 day school based internship in a K-6 setting. The Intern will be responsible for up to 2/3 of the colleague teacher's teaching load. In addition Interns will be expected to interact within the school and its community. This course is only available to students enrolled in teacher education programs who have successfully completed 270 units of their approved program including two supervised professional experience placements, prior to semester of enrolment in EDUC4185.

This course has a compulsory full time 50-day internship.

The University of Newcastle, the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership and our education partners in schools require that all students demonstrate a commitment to professional teaching practice by attending and engaging in lectures, tutorials and other activities provided by the university within our Teacher Education programs.

Students’ professional commitment to teaching will be assessed by a 100% attendance requirement at sessions indicated as compulsory in the course outline. These lectures are compulsory because they present information that is critical to successful completion of the placement.

Attendance will be recorded on rolls available at the entrance to lecture theatres and/or tutorial rooms. Students should ensure that they allow sufficient time to be marked as present and provide adequate identification.

Students who arrive late and leave early without prior arrangement with the course coordinator will be deemed to have not completed the attendance requirement. If students leave the activity early and fail to identify themselves a second roll will be taken upon conclusion to the activity.

If a student fails to attend a compulsory session the student is responsible for contacting course coordinator within three (3) working days to request permission to complete a supplementary assessment task. This task will cover the same information that was in the missed session. These tasks will be pass/fail only and will not include written feedback. All replacement tasks are to be submitted at least two weeks before the commencement of the placement.

Students who have not complied with any of these requirements will not be provided with a placement.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
OurimbahSemester 1, Semester 2
Port Macquarie Nth Coast InstSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course, students will be expected to:
1. discuss the legal, social and ethical responsibilities associated with being a member of the teaching profession;
2. articulate a personal philosophy of teaching;
3. develop a teaching portfolio that provides evidence of their attainment of graduate teacher standards, and critically reflects upon their professional learning over the entire program;
4. consider their role as professional partners and participants in local, national and global communities; and
5. demonstrate inclusive teaching practices through adapting and differentiating curriculum and instruction to personalise the learning for students in their care.
ContentThis course will address topics such as:
* The Contemporary Social and Policy Context of Teacher Professionalism
* Professionalism, Professional Values, the Ethics of Teaching, & Teaching as a Moral Enterprise
* Collegiality, Ethics, Professional Dilemmas, and Challenges to Ethical Professionalism
* Professional Teaching Standards and Contemporary Legal and Moral Accountabilities
* Teaching with Integrity: Ensuring the Fidelity of Research-Based Instruction
* Socially Engaged Professionalism
* Constructing a Professional Teaching Portfolio
* Philosophies of Teaching
* Frameworks for understanding, interpreting, and critically reflecting upon professional practice (Incl. Revisiting Quality Teaching model as a framework for reflective practice)
* Developing a Career Map: Recognising the Importance of Continuing Professional Development
Replacing Course(s)EDUC4087, EDUC4056, and EDST4050.
TransitionStudents who have completed EDUC4056 and EDST4050 with practicum in K-6 settings before the end of 2010 will be deemed to have completed this course.
Industrial Experience1
Assumed KnowledgeEDUC2185, EDUC3185, and 270 Units successfully completed.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Case Scenario/PBL exercisesAssignment 1 : Ethical Dilemma - Pass/Fail (800 words)

Students will be required to respond to an ethical dilemma relating to a topical educational issue.

Assignment must be passed to pass the course.
ProjectsAssignment 2 : Teaching Portfolio - Pass/Fail (1200 words)

For this assignment you will produce a professional teaching portfolio incorporating:

1. Your philosophy of teaching dialoguing between the academic literature, ethics, and where appropriate, contemporary teaching standards;

2. Evidence of your attainment of Graduate Teacher Standards (excerpts gathered from the coursework and professional experience components of the entire program);

3. Annotation or commentary upon the evidence you have selected, demonstrating a capacity for critical reflection using the NSW Quality Teaching framework.

Assignment must be passed to pass the course.
ReportsAssignment 3 : Professional Experience Report - Pass/Fail (2000 words)

Your Professional Experience report must evidence successful completion of 50 days of full time professional experience as an intern in a K-6 Primary school setting (ie. that you have achieved the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers).

Assignment must be passed to pass the course
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentMust be enrolled in the Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) / Bachelor of Arts (12215) program
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS - Criminal Record Check
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS - Prohibited Employment Declaration
Requisite by EnrolmentMust be enrolled in or have prior completion of EDUC4748, EDUC4749 plus additional 20 credit points of the approved program prior to enrolling in EDUC4185
Requisite by EnrolmentMust have completed EDUC3185, EDUC3769, EDUC3026, EDUC3745, EDUC3746 plus 190 credit points of the approved program
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EDUC4185