The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course is focused on students' knowledge and skills in the areas of professional knowledge and professional practice. A key focus is on gathering evidence aligned with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) standards to demonstrate an intermediate understanding of the profession. This course builds on classroom observations of teaching and learning undertaken by students in the first year of their teacher education program. It also helps students to recognise and understand how coursework/research forms the foundation of high quality teaching and assessment practice by connecting what is studied at university and how that plays out in classrooms and schools.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019


  • Semester 1 - 2019

Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

  • Semester 1 - 2019

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): EDUC2185. Students who have successfully completed EDUC2185 are not eligible to enrol in EDUC2186.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Relate child development theory, and student well-being and mental health research, to the management of learning;

2. Critically analyse and apply principles, policies, and practices for establishing and maintaining a productive learning environment;

3. Apply frameworks and models for understanding and responding to a range of challenging student behaviours;

4. Demonstrate effective communication skills to support classroom discussion; and

5. Demonstrate progress towards the attainment of Graduate Teacher Standards through professional experience.


  1. School culture and context of  the school community
  2. Connections between teacher education, coursework, research and teaching/learning in K-6 contexts
  3. Learning theories and student well-being
  4. Classroom management and student learning
  5. Quality Teaching and Assessment lesson planning and designing tasks
  6. Introduction to professional conduct and ethics
  7. The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers 
  8. Developing and maintaining an e-portfolio

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


All students must have completed EDUC1048, and have completed or be concurrently enrolled in EDUC2748 & EDUC2749.

Students must be enrolled in one of the below listed undergraduate initial teacher education programs.

Students enrolled in Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) (Honours) [12367], Bachelor of Education (Primary) [40106], Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Honours) [40110] must have successfully completed 60 Units.

Students enrolled in Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours) [12366], Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) [40105], Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours) [40109] must have successfully completed 140 Units.

Enrolment in this course is dependent on meeting the teacher education admission milestone of successful completion of

- Three HSC band 5s (including one in English) or

- 80 units of UoN courses or

- Regulatory authority approved comparable pathways or

- Commencement in the program pre 2016.

Assumed knowledge

Successful completion of LANTITE (

Assessment items

Report: Professional Experience Report on performance in classrooms 50% *

Portfolio: eportfolio 50% *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Lecture: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Portfolio: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Report: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • Prohibited Employment Declaration - Declaration that student is not a prohibited person in terms of the Child Protection (Prohibited Employment) Act 1998.
  • Working with Children - A national criminal history check and review of findings of misconduct involving children, required for any child-related work.
  • Anaphylaxis Training - Students must complete approved anaphylaxis training.

Contact hours

Callaghan, Ourimbah and Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst


Face to Face On Campus 12 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Students must attend 6 one-hour lectures (or 3 two-hour lectures) that contain information directly pertinent to their placement. Check the course Blackboard site for days and times of these must-attend lectures.


Face to Face Off Campus 5 day(s) per Week for 4 Weeks