Senior Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy

Unit code: ECP3103 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
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EEC2101 - Engaging Students: High Expectations for All
EEC2103 - Teaching Primary Science
EEC2105 - Primary Mathematics
EEC2106 - Approaches to Reading
Satisfactory completion of Year 2 primary school practicum. Successful completion of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Education students.
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit incorporates professional experience in Secondary schools, which will form part of the assessment. This unit provides pre-service teachers (PSTs) with a comprehensive knowledge of curriculum and pedagogy in their specialised discipline areas for teaching year 11 and 12 students. PSTs will focus on engaging their peers in a student-centred learning environment in order to practice innovative and engaging pedagogies for senior secondary students. PSTs will develop their capacity to plan lesson sequences at the senior level, to differentiate learning and to determine student’s knowledge using formative and summative assessment. This content will provide graduates with the skills and capacities to participate as competent and reflective members of the teaching profession.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Derive innovative and engaging lessons and lesson sequences from the VCE specialisation area curriculum and study guide.
  2. Analyse the pedagogies, principles and practices of teaching senior students in their specialisation areas in comparison to year 7-10.
  3. Articulate knowledge of how students learn at senior secondary levels in their specialisation area, and the role of differentiation in developing effective teaching plans.
  4. Design, trial and evaluate a sequence of lessons which employ a range of teaching resources, strategies, and approaches to assessment that support inclusive student participation and engagement at the senior secondary level
  5. Evaluate relevant assessment strategies including, informal and formal, diagnostic, formative and summative and how these approaches can be applied to assess senior secondary students' learning.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Review
Grade: 30%
Review of Senior Secondary pedagogies
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 40%
Series of lesson plans including relevant assessment
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 30%
Peer Presentation of a SAC

Required reading

Links to recommended readings and resources for this unit will be provided to students via the Learning Management System (VU Collaborate).

As part of a course

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