Available in 2021
Course code



30 units


4000 level

Course handbook


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 individual 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 6 and 7). This course builds on students' experiences with Teach Outreach and the placements 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 7-12 classroom context.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021
  • Semester 2 - 2021


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

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

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

3. 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.

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.


Topic 1 - Connections between teacher education, coursework, research and teaching/learning in 7-12 contexts

Topic 2 - Identifying and addressing professional learning needs

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 Education (Secondary) [40107], or

- Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (Honours) [40108], and

- have successfully completed 270 units, including EDUC2196 and EDUC3196, and

- have completed or be concurrently enrolled in EDUC4181, and

- have completed all Specialist Studies methods courses in each of their selected Teaching Areas, and

- have successfully completed LANTITE.

You cannot enrol in this course if you have successfully completed EDUC4195 or EDUC4196.

Assessment items

Report: Professional Experience Report 50% *

Portfolio: e-portfolio (Incorporating Teacher Performance Assessment) 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: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course.

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:

  • 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 and Ourimbah


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 10 Weeks

50 day full time professional experience component.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.