This subject is linked to a two week (10 days) additional teaching placement negotiated with students' final school placement. The contact with their lecturer is made available through the co-requisite subject: Curriculum, Assessment and Primary Specialisation/or through VU Collaborate as a blended learning subject.

Preservice teachers further develop their knowledge of their teaching specialisation by implementing the teaching and learning plan they developed in Curriculum, Assessment and Primary Specialisation. Preservice teachers will develop lesson sequences in their specialisation that create safe and supportive learning environments that cater for challenging behaviours and meet child protection legislation, duty of care, and workplace health and safety requirements. Preservice teachers will incorporate mentor feedback of their practice during an additional 10-day teaching experience. In this time, preservice teachers develop ethically appropriate methods for collecting data through classroom observations, teacher feedback, assessment of students' learning and knowledge. They also collate and analyse data, expand on and refine their research skills and techniques of self-reflection and critically evaluate their own teaching and further build their professional competence, creativity, critical analysis, and problem-solving ability.

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ECP3101 - Junior Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy

ECP3102 - Secondary Specialisation Assessment and Reporting

ECP3103 - Senior Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy

ECP3104 - Innovations in Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy

EEC4108 - Curriculum, Assessment and Primary Specialisation

Satisfactory completion of Year 3 secondary school practicum 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. Source and reflect on professional organisations and utilise the information gained to adjust subsequent planning as a subject specialist;  
  2. Identify the core components of a school program to design, implement and evaluate a teaching and learning program or unit of work for their subject domain specialisation;  
  3. Elucidate strengths and weaknesses of the teaching and learning plan (and act on this advice to modify teaching practice) in light of evidence-informed research, data on student learning and mentor feedback.  
  4. Collate and analyse classroom and evidence-informed research, and apply ethically appropriate methods for collecting and reporting data (e.g. to parents);  
  5. Create a safe and supportive learning environment that caters for challenging behaviours and meets child protection legislation, duty of care, and workplace health and safety requirements;  
  6. Engage productively in the teacher profession and apply competently the Australian Professional Standards for Graduate Teachers.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Workshop Attend, review and annotate relevant workshop/s for selected specialisation domain 20%
Journal Collate and analyse artefacts aligned to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers collected during their teaching experience 30%
Assignment Submit, teach and evaluate a unit or program of work in response to issues, processes and procedures related to the selected specialisation 50%
Report 10 day specialisation placement 0%
Hurdle tasks: Satisfactory completion of year 4 Applied Curriculum Project Report and satisfactory year 4 Project Partnerships End of Practicum Report. Effective word limit of 3000 words in total, or equivalent.

Required reading

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

Readings will be provided by the lecturer representative of knowledge and issues associated with the current frameworks of teaching. Links to recommended readings and resources for this unit will be provided to students via the Learning Management System (VU Collaborate).

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