The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This is a professional experience course that contains a 4 week placement in an out of area school.

This course is focused on consolidating students' knowledge and skills in the areas of professional knowledge and professional practice, across all key learning areas with a focus on differentiating for students with special needs. A key focus is on gathering evidence aligned with the Australian Institute for Teaching & School Leadership (AITSL) standards to demonstrate a coherent understanding of all elements of the profession, although the emphasis will be on professional practice (Elements 3, 4 & 5). This course builds on students' experiences with school visits and the placement undertaken in the previous two years of their teacher education program. It 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. Students will have the opportunity to engage in the wider school community whilst demonstrating a senior understanding of the K-6 classroom context.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2019


  • Semester 2 - 2019

Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): EDUC3185. Students who have successfully completed EDUC3185 are not eligible to enrol in EDUC3186.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Implement lessons with a focus on differentiation and/or personalised learning for equity and diversity.

2. Engage in critical reflection on their professional practice.

3. Teach using a range of strategies to accommodate students with special needs and backgrounds (including indigenous students).

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

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


  1. Being a teacher in school culture and context " the wider school community.
  2. Engaging with community " expectations and responsibilities.
  3. Connections between teacher education, coursework, research and teaching/learning in K-6 contexts.
  4. Strategies for responding to students from diverse backgrounds.
  5. Differentiation, Group and Personalised learning environments.
  6. Quality Teaching and Assessment " planning and implementing integrated units of work.
  7. Frameworks for Reflective Practice.
  8. Engaging students through technology.
  9. Professional conduct and ethics.
  10. 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.


Students must meet the Teacher Ed Milestone, be active in 12367 OR 40106 OR 40110 program, and have successfully completed 180 units including EDUC2186, EDUC2748 and EDUC2749 to enrol in this course.

Students must have successfully completed 180 units of study to enrol in this course.

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

Students must have successfully completed LANTITE to enrol in this course

Assessment items

Report: Professional Experience Report *

Portfolio: E-Portfolio *

* 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:

  • Child Protection Awareness Training - Students must complete approved child protection awareness training.
  • 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

At an out of area school