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Ready to Teach Primary: Practicum 4e

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: EDU40005

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 10 hours of theory study per week plus 20 days of placement


Type: Lower Primary School

Year Level: 5–8 year of age / Foundation to Year 2

Duration: 20 days

Minimum Attendance: 7.5 hours per day excluding breaks

About this unit

In this unit, students undertake a professional practicum in the early years of school (prep to Grade 2) in an Australian primary school under the supervision of an experienced qualified teacher. The unit aims to provide students with an understanding of the school curriculum at this level and their role as teachers in this setting. Associated coursework focuses on children’s cognitive and social development in relation to the transition to school.

Swinburne University has now incorporated the Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment (GTPA) into the final year of primary professional experience units. This narrative based assignment will allow you to demonstrate your competence in classroom practice by creating a unit plan, lesson plans, assessing, reflecting and appraising your teaching. Connecting the academic program to your professional experience, the GTPA provides quality assurance of graduate readiness, giving you valuable experience to help you progress into your new career.


  • Australian Professional Standards for Teachers 1–7 (Graduate)
  • Transition to school
  • Self-assessment of teaching performance
  • Children’s cognitive, social and emotional development
  • Guiding children’s behaviour individually and in group situations
  • Adapting teaching and curriculum content to children’s abilities, knowledge, skills and interests
  • Collaborative approaches with children, colleagues and families
  • Planning, assessing and evaluating for effective teaching and learning
  • Creating and maintaining safe, healthy and challenging learning environments
  • Using relevant curriculum documents to design learning experiences
  • Organisational policies and practices in primary school including professional codes
  • Completing the GTPA Preparation Assessment
  • Completing the GTPA Portfolio Assessment

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