Pre-service teachers deepen their expert content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge and highly effective classroom teaching in one of the priority areas of Science or Mathematics/numeracy or English/literacy in primary schools. Other subject disciplines may also be considered in negotiation with the unit facilitator/convenor. In the selected specialisation area pre-service teachers undertake an in-depth investigation into primary curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. They explore, investigate and report on aspects of twenty first century teaching and learning in rapidly changing global, social, economic, environmental and technological contexts that inform content, pedagogy, curriculum and assessment of students' learning. Pre-service teachers investigate the research-teaching-practice nexus in learning about the importance of research for teacher preparation and professional practice aimed at improving students' learning outcomes.

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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

EEC4110 - Curriculum and Assessment in Primary Literacy

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, and ABED.

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 a teaching and learning program or unit of work for the subject domain specialisation;  
  3. Analyse and report on recent developments in scholarship and professional practice in the teaching of their subject specialisation;  
  4. Implement and demonstrate evidence-informed opportunities for improving students' learning and teaching practice in their subject specialisation; and  
  5. Substantiate pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning that create positive classroom environments in the specialisation discipline.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Poster Infographic representing primary specialisation including research evidence and pedagogical content knowledge 30%
Assignment Submit a unit or program of work in responses to issues, processes and procedures related to their subject specialisation 40%
Presentation Journal of Artefacts 30%
Hurdle tasks: Demonstrate advanced depth of understanding in regard to the three different domains of skills and knowledge that comprise a primary specialisation: 1. Expert content knowledge 2. Pedagogical content knowledge 3. Highly effective classroom teaching in their area of specialisation This hurdle task requirement is to be signed off by the mentor teacher in the placement report at the completion of the final teaching block.

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