Course Title: Professional Experience: Introduction to Teaching

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Experience: Introduction to Teaching

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018


City Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Kathy Littlewood

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7806

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.04.27

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course, you will learn, practice and then be assessed on your capacity to set learning goals and plan teaching episodes (or lessons). You will be required to seek and apply constructive feedback from your peers and from your supervising teacher to improve your teaching practice and student learning. You will demonstrate an understanding of, and an ability to apply, the key principles described in the code of ethics and legislative frameworks that govern teaching practice in the Australian context. You will also begin to develop a evidentiary portfolio.

This course is the first of a sequence of professional experience (work integrated learning) courses designed to develop your knowledge and skills to teach in educational settings. It has an embedded placement component in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:  

  Course Learning Outcomes    AITSL Standards
 1  Apply knowledge of physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students to set achievable, challenging learning goals for students of varying abilities and characteristics.  1.1, 3.1
 2  Research and apply appropriate teaching and learning strategies for a student cohort.  1.2, 3.3
 3  Demonstrate the capacity to organise classroom activities and provide clear directions.  1.2, 4.2
 4  Seek and apply constructive feedback and evidence from supervisors and students to improve teaching practices.  6.3
 5  Apply knowledge of ethical and legal requirements for teachers including strategies to support safe, responsible use of learning and teaching resources.  7.1, 7.2, 4.5
 6  Demonstrate a capacity for critical reflection on strategies that support students’ wellbeing and safety working within school and/or system, curriculum and legislative requirements.       4.4
      Program Learning Outcomes:   In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:   ● Critically analyse and apply educational research to your professional practice, Page 2 of 12 demonstrating inclusive, learner-focused, evidence -based teaching. ● Consolidate and synthesise expert content and pedagogical knowledge and judgement to develop highly effective and innovative teaching skills in an area of specialisation. ● Demonstrate a capacity for critically reflective practice including social, environmental and cultural professional awareness in both local and global contexts. ● Communicate and engage professionally and ethically with students, colleagues, parents, carers and education stakeholders from diverse backgrounds. ● Show commitment to ongoing professional learning, particularly in relation to meeting the Australian Graduate Standards for Teachers.


Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will involve a range of face-to-face and online activities including lectures, workshops, practical activities, individual tasks, collaborative group work, discussion and individual reflection. Your learning in this course will also involve professional experience in an educational setting.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will support your access to learning resources for this course. Page 4 of 12 Resources Readings from current educational literature will be provided through your online course site and will be drawn from highly regarded academic journals, books and conferences as well as reports, websites and other online resources. The University Library provides extensive scholarly resources to supplement your suggested readings and research and is able to request books or articles from any library in the world. Guides to the literature in your discipline area are available from Assistance with referencing and avoiding plagiarism is available here The Library and the Study and Learning Centre are also on hand to support and assist in the development of your academic skills to make best use of such resources within your academic studies.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc