Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course is focused on developing students' professional knowledge and practice in a supportive school-based learning environment. A key focus is on the student's ability to gather evidence to demonstrate a developing capacity across all graduate-level elements of the Australian Professional Teaching Standards. This course builds on students' experiences in EDUC6711 & EDUC6772 undertaken in schools in the first year of their teacher education program. A strong focus will be on assisting students to recognise and understand how coursework and educational research inform quality teaching and assessment practice. Directed activities will be used to assist students in connecting and interrogating what is studied at university with classroom and school-based practices and experiences. These activities will develop an advanced and critical understanding of the 7-12 classroom context. Students will have the opportunity to engage in professional learning about practice through a collegial professional learning community informed specifically by the NSW Quality Teaching model, known as Quality Teaching Rounds. Collaborative activities will supplement the learning experiences designed and enacted by the co-operating teacher, as well as the wider school community. This course has a full time 20 day block of professional experience in a Secondary school setting.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2020.

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.

3. Use and refine strategies provided by QT Rounds for identifying professional learning strengths and needs, critical analysis, individual and collegial support.

4. Develop strategies for 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, school activities and functions.

6. Demonstrate progress towards the attainment of Graduate Teacher Standards through directed electronic portfolio activities.

7. Demonstrate a capacity to carry out analysis of data and communicate findings to a range of stakeholders.


  • Ethical approaches to critically reflecting¬†practice
  • Frameworks for understanding, interpreting, and critically reflecting upon professional practice
  • Graduate teacher standards
  • Strategies for implementing Quality Teaching, including one-to-one, small group and whole class instruction; explicit instruction and cooperative learning


Students must be active in the Master of Teaching (Secondary) program (11715), and have successfully completed EDUC6711 and EDUC6772 to enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

One of the following specialist studies courses depending on your teaching area: EDUC6490, EDUC6445, EDUC6499, EDUC6180, EDUC6552, EDUC6336, EDUC6250, EDUC6243, EDUC6236, EDUC6492, EDUC6493, EDUC6360.

Assessment items

Professional Task: Professional Experience Report

Project: E portfolio - Collaborative Practitioner Inquiry Project

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.
  • Tutorial: 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.

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