Available in 2021
Course code



20 units


6000 level

Course handbook


In this course Initial Teacher Education Students (ITES) will investigate the use of innovative and alternative teaching approaches for either their additional teaching area or their area of interest for specialist skill development. The specialised knowledge and skills of the teacher for planning and programming; course and assessment requirements for using cross-curricular, innovative approaches and technologies; and ways of differentiating curriculum to meet the diverse needs of learners, including Indigenous and multi-cultural students, will be explored. Specific attention will also be given to developing a research agenda for the development of a range of strategies, technologies and resources for teaching and assessing in the student’s chosen minor teaching area or area of specialist skills.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Trimester 3 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Develop and evaluate lesson plans, programs and assessment tasks for secondary schools using innovative/alternative teaching approaches.

2. Research alternative teaching approaches for students’ teaching area.

3. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of selected teaching approaches.

4. Integrate strategies, technologies and resources for planning, teaching and assessing based on alternative/innovative teaching approaches.


This course introduces students to the following topics:

  • Alternative approaches to traditional didactics and pedagogical frameworks;
  • Innovative lesson planning and programming for Stages 4, 5, and 6;
  • Strategies, technologies and resources for planning, teaching and assessing;
  • Differentiating curriculum and pedagogy to meet the diverse needs of learners in the secondary classroom;
  • Research on teaching, planning and assessment; and
  • Evaluation of teaching framework.


To enrol in this course students must be active in one of the following programs:

- Master of Teaching (Secondary) [40204], or the

- Master of Teaching (Secondary) [11715].

Students who have successfully completed EDUC6343, EDUC6400, EDUC6403, EDUC6404, EDUC6409, EDUC6436, EDUC6445, EDUC6460, EDUC6490, EDUC6492, EDUC6493, EDUC6499, EDUC6536, EDUC6555, EDUC6590,or EDUC6752, cannot enrol in EDUC6776.

Assessment items

Professional Task: Typological Map & Epistemic Reflection - 30%

Project: Podcast - 30%

Project: Unit of Work - 40%

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 24 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 1

Online Activity

Online 24 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Online 24 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 1

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.