The Reflective Secondary Teacher

Course code EDUC6773
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables


This course is focused on developing students' professional knowledge and practice in a supportive school-based learning environment. A key focus is on the student's ability to gather evidence to demonstrate a developing capacity across all graduate-level elements of the Australian Professional Teaching Standards. This course builds on students' experiences with Teach Outreach activities undertaken in schools in the first year of their teacher education program. A strong focus will be on assisting students to recognise and understand how coursework and educational research inform quality teaching and assessment practice. Directed activities will be used to assist students in connecting and interrogating what is studied at university with classroom and school-based practices and experiences. These activities will develop an advanced and critical understanding of the 7-12 classroom context. Students will have the opportunity to engage in professional learning about practice through a collegial professional learning community informed specifically by the NSW Quality Teaching model, known as Quality Teaching Rounds. Collaborative activities will supplement the learning experiences designed and enacted by the co-operating teacher, as well as the wider school community.



  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Construct, implement and evaluate unit/s of work.

2. Engage in critical reflection on their development and learning as an ethical teacher.

3. Use and refine strategies provided by QT Rounds for identifying professional learning strengths and needs, critical analysis, individual and collegial support.

4. Develop strategies for engagement with the wider school community and the world beyond the classroom/school.

5. Engage in the full life of school including student sport, playground supervision, faculty/grade/stage meetings, school activities and functions.

6. Demonstrate progress towards the attainment of Graduate Teacher Standards through directed electronic portfolio activities.

7. Demonstrate a capacity to carry out analysis of data and communicate findings to a range of stakeholders.


  • Approaches to curriculum design in practice
  • Frameworks for understanding, interpreting, and critically reflecting upon professional practice
  • Graduate teacher standards
  • Strategies for implementing Quality Teaching, including one-to-one, small group and whole class instruction; explicit instruction and cooperative learning


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Teaching (Secondary) program.Students must have completed a minimum of 70 units of study in Education at 6000 Level, which must include 20 units of Specialist Studies, to enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

One of the following courses depending on your teaching area: EDUC6490, EDUC6445, EDUC6499, EDUC6180, EDUC6552, EDUC6336, EDUC6250, EDUC6243, EDUC6236, EDUC6492, EDUC6493, EDUC6360.

Assessment Items

Professional Task: Professional Experience Report

Project: Collaborative Practitioner Inquiry Project

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • Anaphylaxis Training - Students must complete approved anaphylaxis training.
  • Child Protection Awareness Training - Students must complete approved child protection awareness training.
  • Working with Children and Young Adults Check - A national criminal history check and review of findings of misconduct involving children, required for any child-related work.

Contact Hours


Face to Face On Campus 10 hour(s) per Term


Face to Face Off Campus 120 hour(s) per Term


Face to Face On Campus 10 hour(s) per Term