Not currently offered
Course code



40 units


6000 level

Course handbook


In this course, teacher education students will prepare a professional portfolio based on their internship that demonstrates their applied knowledge and skills of teaching and learning. They will refine their personal philosophy as a secondary school educator; explore the legal, social and ethical responsibilities associated with being a member of the teaching profession; and consider their responsibility as a secondary teacher in their home country communities through the application of Action learning/Action research. The course requires students to undertake 5 days of observation and 50 days of supervised practice in a Secondary school setting. The observation is included in the 50 days supervised practice. The teacher education student will be responsible for up to two-thirds of their mentor educator's teaching load during this placement. Teacher education students will interact and contribute to the School and its community.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Construct, implement and evaluate unit/s of work that are responsive to the needs of the school and community.

2. Design and implement authentic learning tasks for their specialist subject area/s.

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

4. 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.

5. Engage in the full life of school including student sport, playground supervision, faculty/grade/stage meetings and school activities and functions.

6. Demonstrate the attainment of all Graduate Teacher Standards through professional experience.


  1. The nature, purpose and features of the placement and the roles and responsibilities of participants and stakeholders.
  2. Advanced methods of designing, implementing and evaluating and assessing meaningful and appropriate learning experiences in secondary classrooms.
  3. The application of Action learning/Action research as a foundation for becoming a reflexive practitioner.
  4. Professional and ethical responsibilities as a colleague, member of a team and in the wider educational community including parents and other stakeholders.
  5. The application of leadership tasks in education sites.
  6. Planning and documenting leadership responsibilities.

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 120 units, including EDUC6916, EDUC6775 and EDUC6776.

Assessment items

Report: Professional Experience Report 50% *

Portfolio: ePortfolio (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:

  • Integrated Learning Session: 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.

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.