The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



20 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course is focused on consolidating student’s knowledge and skills in the areas of professional knowledge, practice and engagement, across all Key Learning Areas with a focus on inclusion and equity. A key focus is on gathering evidence aligned with the Australian Institute for Teaching & School Leadership (AITSL) standards to demonstrate an advanced understanding of all elements of the profession, although the emphasis will be on assessment and reporting (Elements 4 and 5) and professional engagement (Elements 6 and 7). This course builds on students’ experiences with the placements undertaken in the previous three years of their teacher education program. It helps students to recognise and understand how coursework and research forms the foundation of high quality teaching and assessment practice by connecting what is studied at university and how that transfers to in classrooms and schools. Students will have the opportunity to engage in the wider school community whilst demonstrating an advanced understanding of the K-6 classroom context.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020
  • Semester 2 - 2020


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): EDUC4185. Students who have successfully completed EDUC4185 are not eligible to enrol in EDUC4186.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Construct, implement and evaluate unit/s of work that are responsive to the needs of the school and community.

2. Design and implement authentic learning tasks integrating cross-curricular capabilities.

3. Engage in critical reflection on their development and learning as an ethical teacher in productive professional learning communities.

4. Develop strategies for identifying professional learning strengths and needs, critical reflection, individual and collegial support, 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 and school activities and functions.

6. Demonstrate the attainment of all Australian Professional Teacher Standards through professional experience.


1. Being the professional teacher who acknowledges and embraces school culture and context.

2. Meeting responsibilities and expectations when engaging with parents and the wider community.

3. Working with colleagues and the community to enhance quality teaching and professional learning.

4. Designing and implementing an issues based curriculum.

5. Connecting teacher education coursework and research to K-6 teaching and learning.

6. Identifying and addressing professional learning needs.

7. Developing and working in a professional learning community.

8. Maintaining an online professional identity via positive use of social media.

9. Understanding professional conduct and ethics.

10. Applying for teaching positions, preparing a resume, addressing criteria and interview skills.

11. Consolidating and submitting 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.


For students who commenced in the program in 2016 onwards, enrolment in this course is dependent on successful completion of the teacher education admission milestone:

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

- 80 units of UON courses or

- Regulatory authority approved comparable pathways.

To enrol in this course students must:

- be active in one of the following programs:

- Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) (Honours) [12367], or

- Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)/Bachelor of Arts [12215], and

- have successfully completed 270 units, including EDUC2186, EDUC3186, and

- have completed or be concurrently enrolled in EDUC4748, EDUC4749 and EDUC4750, and

- have successfully completed LANTITE.

Students cannot enrol in this course if they have successfully completed EDUC4185.

Assessment items

Report: Professional Experience Report 50%

Portfolio: E-portfolio (incorporating Teacher Performance Assessment) 50%

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Lecture: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course.

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 - A national criminal history check and review of findings of misconduct involving children, required for any child-related work.

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 30 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks

50 day full time professional experience component.