Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Students will have the opportunity to explore, experience, and review Secondary Education as it occurs in Australian Secondary Schools. The course provides an experiential basis for reflecting upon the application of contemporary educational theories, and an opportunity for comparative analysis of curricular and pedagogical practices, examining Australian Secondary Education in comparison to that experienced in the pre-service teacher’s home culture and country. Students will complete 20 days of observation in a Years 7-12 setting.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary secondary curriculum policies (including the Australian 7-12 Curriculum);

2. Compare and contrast Australian curriculum policies against the home country’s curriculum policies for secondary education;

3. Identify the implementation of contemporary secondary education theories during their experience in a Secondary classroom setting.

4. Critically evaluate the learning experiences of children 12-18 years old;

5. Design their own ideal learner-centred teaching space;

6. Critically reflect on their own teaching philosophy.


This course introduces students to:

  1. Comparative analysis of the pedagogical ideologies embedded in Secondary school curriculum policies from their home country, and the NSW syllabi for the Australian Curriculum;
  2. Standards for professional and ethical practice in Secondary school classrooms;
  3. Pedagogical approaches suitable for guiding and teaching children, from diverse backgrounds, 12-18 years old including Australian Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander children;
  4. Methodologies for critical reflection on classroom practices.

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.


To enrol in this course students must:

- be active in the Master of Teaching (Secondary Studies) [40228], and

- have successfully completed EDUC6740 and EDUC6912; and be concurrently enrolled in EDUC6775.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Comparative Analysis of Curriculum Policies 40% *

Project: Develop 3D Model of Ideal Teaching Space 20% *

Portfolio: Document the learning experiences of a student while on observation placement 40% *

* 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. - Students must attend a minimum of 80% of all lectures

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.

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.