Primary Specialisation Capstone

    Unit code: EED7005 | Study level: Postgraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Online Real Time
    Victoria University Online
    Satisfactory completion of 30 days of practicum.
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    Preservice teachers will deepen their professional knowledge, skills and abilities to teach in an approved primary school specialisation. In the selected specialisation area preservice teachers undertake in-depth studies and research into primary curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. They research 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, skills, capacities and cultural understandings. Preservice teachers investigate the research-teaching-practice triangle in learning about the importance of research for teacher preparation and professional practice aimed at improving school students’ learning. Students will be involved in a 10 day teaching experience during which time they will develop and apply ethically appropriate methods for collecting data through classroom observations, teacher feedback, assessment of students’ learning and knowledge. They will collate and analyse data and critically evaluate their own teaching and further build their professional competence, creativity, critical analysis, and problem solving ability.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Identify, analyse and critically review the core components of a school program relevant to their specialisation
    2. Design, implement and evaluate a teaching and learning program or unit of work for their subject domain specialisation incorporating relevant core components of a school program
    3. 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
    4. Elucidate strengths and weaknesses of the teaching and learning plan (and act on this advice to modify teaching practice) including data on student learning and mentor feedback.
    5. Demonstrate understanding of a range of ethical strategies for collecting, collating, analysing and reporting data about a teaching element of their specialisation, reporting to students and parents/carers and the purpose of keeping accurate and reliable records of student achievement.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 20%
    Present an investigative proposal on the chosen specialisation
    Assessment type: Project
    Grade: 40%
    Design, teach and evaluate a unit of work
    Assessment type: Research Paper
    Grade: 40%
    An investigation in (teaching) practice

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