This final unit in the course enables postgraduate students to encapsulate their work in the Masters of Teaching (EMES or EMPE) course. The unit enables students to work with lecturers, colleagues, principals, other school leaders and teachers in meeting National Standards in order to comply with registration requirements. Students will undertake a critical overview of teachers' professional roles and responsibilities and 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.

Students will develop skills needed to seek employment, including preparing job applications, responding to selection criteria, interview techniques and awareness of professional networks and professional learning opportunities. Students will engage in professional experience in Primary or Secondary school, where they will demonstrate an understanding of the rationale for continued professional learning and the implications for improved student learning by refining their ability to organise content into effective teaching sequences, set achievable goals for students and demonstrate their ability to effective use a range of resources. Students will also demonstrate the capacity to gather and interpret student assessment data to evaluate student learning and modify teaching practice.

Students will engage in professional experience in Primary or Secondary school, where they will refine their ability to organise content into effective teaching sequences, set achievable goals for students and demonstrate their ability to effectively 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

Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
24
Unit code:
EED7004

Prerequisites

AEK7001 - Indigenous Perspectives in Learning and Teaching

EED7005 - Primary Specialisation Capstone

Successful completion of the Literacy and Numeracy Test (LANTITE) for Initial Education students. Satisfactory completion of 38 days of practicum.

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. 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;  
  3. Analyse and document a personal definition of active and collaborative teacher professionalism containing a personal and social commitment to students and the enhancement of education; and  
  4. Demonstrate their educational researchfulness to participate in the process of gathering evidence of the graduate teacher's readiness to join the profession within the context of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - Graduate Career Stage including evidence of knowledge of curriculum, content and teaching strategies.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Portfolio Presentation of teaching artefacts that demonstrate a readiness to teach as summarised in the Australian Professional Teacher Standards – Graduate. 30%
Report Critical review of professional understanding through a response to education practice, analysis of teaching and the review of assessment processes. 70%
Satisfactory completion of 20 days of teaching practicum and mentor teacher report, plus the collection of teaching and learning artefacts to support demonstrated teaching practice. All written assessment tasks are equivalent to 5000 words. The Report is an externally agreed Assessment for Graduating Teachers ( AfGT) Element 1,2,3,4. Hurdle: Students must demonstrate attainment of all AITSL graduating standards through completion of both assessments (all 4 Elements and the Portfolio).

Where to next?

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

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