This capstone unit enables you to encapsulate your work in the Bachelor of Education (P-12) course. The unit enables you as Year 4 students to work with colleagues, principals, other school leaders and teachers in meeting National Standards in order to comply with registration requirements. You will undertake a critical overview of teachers' professional roles and responsibilities, including professional ethics and responsibilities. You will develop an awareness of the organisational and legal conditions of teachers' work, informing relationships with and teaching students, planning and managing curriculum and pedagogy, working with colleagues in leadership teams, and engaging with the school and wider community.
You will develop skills needed to secure employment, these include preparing job applications, responding to selection criteria, interview techniques and awareness of professional networks and professional learning opportunities. There will be a developing awareness of the transferable skills that are gained through completing a Bachelor of Education, and how these can be applied to a range of other professions, which includes engaging with professional teaching and broader networks. You will engage in professional experience in Primary or Secondary school, where you will demonstrate an understanding of the rationale for continued professional learning and the implications for improved student learning by refining your ability  to organise content into effective teaching sequences, set achievable goals for students and demonstrate your ability to effective use a range of resources. You will also demonstrate the capacity to interpret student assessment data to evaluate student learning and modify teaching practice.

You will engage in professional experience in Primary or Secondary school, where you will refine your ability  to organise content into effective teaching sequences, set achievable goals for students and demonstrate your ability to effective use a range of resources.

This unit connects with the course intentions of guaranteeing that graduate teachers have deep and connected understandings of the content they are teaching and the pedagogical approaches for implementing the curriculum, in addition to engaging professionally with colleagues, parents, carers and the community. This unit also connects to the course learning outcomes of displaying competence and sophistication in a range of oral and written communication techniques, including in the use of Information and Communication Technologies, to engage and connect with students, their parents/carers and the wider community, as well as recognition of the importance of fostering students' creative skills, and problem solving strategies to prepare them to confront and pro-actively solve 21st Century challenges, and the application of critical understandings of the changing nature of society to the development of educational policies, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment processes relevant to students' needs.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
EEC4103

Prerequisites

Successful completion of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Education (LANTITE) for students enrolled in EBED only. This unit is only for Education students undertaking the courses EBED, ABED and HBED.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate their understandings of the legislative, administrative and organisational requirements of teachers' work, including policies and processes required for teachers according to school stage, and the key principles described in codes of ethics and conduct for the teaching profession, including seeking and applying constructive feedback from mentors and teachers to improve teaching practices;  
  2. Document a personal definition of active and collaborative teacher professionalism containing a personal and social commitment to students and the enhancement of education;  
  3. Articulate a broad knowledge of educational practices, including the ability to organise content into an effective learning and teaching sequences, manage curriculum and pedagogy, and demonstrate the capacity to interpret student assessment data to evaluate student learning and modify teaching practice, including understand strategies for working effectively, sensitively and confidentially with parents/carers;  
  4. Confidently and competently participate in the process of seeking and gaining employment in educational or other relevant professional settings, which requires understanding the role of external professionals and community representatives in broadening teachers' professional knowledge and practice; and  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Evidence of Professional Engagement 30%
Report AfGT Element 1-3 70%
Hurdle tasks: Satisfactory completion of year 4 Applied Curriculum Project Report and satisfactory year 4 Project Partnerships End of Practicum Report.

Required reading

University students will be provided with an up-to-date reading list via the VU Collaborate system.

Teaching challenges and dilemmas. 2011
Groundwater-Smith, S. Ewing, R & Le Cornu, R.
Cengage Learning; Australia

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