The Practising Professional

Course code EDUC6774Units 10Level 6000Faculty 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. Through a minimum of 15 days of professional experience in a secondary school setting, they will have the opportunity to meet the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at graduate teacher level.


The University of Newcastle, the NSW Institute of Teachers and our education partners in schools and centres 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 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
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.
5. Demonstrate inclusive teaching practices through adapting and differentiating curriculum and instruction to personalise the learning for students in their care.
Content* Teaching Portfolios.
* Revisiting frameworks for understanding, interpreting, and critically reflecting upon professional practice.
* Processes for selecting evidence of attainment of Graduate Teacher Standards.
* Developing a personal Philosophy of Teaching.
* The legal, social and ethical responsibilities associated with being a member of the teaching profession.
* Teachers as professional partners and participants in local, national and global communities.
* Approaches to designing differentiated curriculum and inclusive teaching methods to personalise learning.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
TransitionN/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeIt is recommended that students have completed, or are concurrently enrolled in EDUC6911, EDUC6912, and EDUC6740 before enrolling in this course.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Practicum
Seminar
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Assignment 2 : Professional Experience Report and Portfolio

Assignment must be passed to pass the course - equivalent 2000 words
Case Scenario/PBL exercisesAssignment 3 : Ethical dilemma - Pass/Fail - 1000 words
ProjectsAssignment 1 : Philosophy of Teaching with Annotated Evidence of Teaching Practice - Pass/Fail - 1000 words
Contact HoursLecture: for 10 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Tutorial: for 10 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS - Prohibited Employment Declaration
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for EDUC6774