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Professional Experience 1

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: EDU70017

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 12 hours of theory study per week plus 20 days of placement

About this unit

This is the first of three professional experience units in secondary education. Pre-service teachers will undertake a 20-day professional experience in a secondary school under the supervision of approved mentors. Pre-service teachers will involve themselves in the life of the school and reflect on their practice and performance in discussion with their mentors and university academic staff. Pre-service teachers will begin to develop their understanding and competence against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) appropriate to this course stage. Pre-service teachers will be introduced to materials relating to pedagogy, curriculum, assessment and policies relevant to secondary school settings.


  • Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate)
  • Code of Conduct
  • Code of Ethics
  • Confidentiality
  • Effective communication
  • Planning documents
  • Introduction to secondary school education in Australia
  • The importance of knowing the setting and students you teach
  • Curriculum documents relevant to secondary schools
  • Engagement in a professional experience under the guidance of a professionally qualified mentor
  • Establishing professional relationships
  • Reflect on teaching performance
  • Resources to support teaching and learning
  • Learning environments
  • Introduction to e-Portfolios

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