The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Builds on students' understandings of the responsibilities and obligations of belonging to the profession of teaching. Students will become familiar with the organisation and functioning of secondary schools through regular visits to a secondary school to make observations. Students will become familiar with current educational literature within their specialist discipline and develop a personal philosophy related to teaching in the secondary school.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Plan a series of lessons within the context of a unit of work that would meet the needs of a class of secondary students

2. Consider and discuss theories and models of learning such as the Quality Teaching Model

3. Appreciate the role and value of their subject area in contemporary society

4. Work within the current syllabus structure in NSW in planning lessons

5. Plan for common misconceptions that may be encountered in the secondary classroom


  • Working within the structure of the K-12 Syllabus in NSW
  • Theories of teaching and learning including the Quality Teaching Model
  • Application of a lesson design and unit of work
  • Role and value of their subject area in society, with applications to teaching in a secondary context
  • Common issues related to secondary schooling
  • Development of a personal philosophy of teaching

Assessment items

Journal: Observation Journal

Written Assignment: Unit and Lesson Plan

Written Assignment: Outline of personal philosophy of mathematics education

Contact hours


Integrated Learning Session

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term