Course Title: Professional Experience: Teaching Strategies for Children with Additional Needs

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Experience: Teaching Strategies for Children with Additional Needs

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Samantha Vlcek

Course Coordinator Phone: By appointment

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora Campus

Course Coordinator Availability: By email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-Requisite Courses
Successful completion of TCHE2658 Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education AND

TCHE2625 Literacy Test for Initial Teacher Education AND

TCHE2523 Professional Experience: Introduction to Education and Disability

Note: it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course. 

For your information go to RMIT Course Requisites webpage. 

Course Description

In this course you will investigate key aspects that underpin specialist skills in learning in both mainstream and special schools settings. By exploring a range of disability conditions, you will learn specialist teaching strategies to address a set curriculum. You will be able to address the learning needs of children with a disability through curriculum support, resourcing, and individualised lesson planning. You will reflect on your experiences in schools for ways to incorporate learning needs of the individual such as obtaining feedback from all participants, assessment and evaluation, accessing resources and collaborative planning. You will investigate processes to identify, secure and implement educational modifications for successful access to learning, adequate learning spaces, and enable mobility.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

• Recognise and apply when and how to assess effectively
• Work in teams to strategically plan for the individual child’s successful learning
• Access and adapt resources that meet a wide range of learner needs
• Describe and justify strategies of gathering evidence to support your decisions and choices
• Make connections between theories and practices in mainstream and Disability education.

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

• Develop and apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to your professional practice and development in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.
• Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse educational contexts.
• Apply initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making to enhance your practice and continuing professional development.
• Demonstrate the specific knowledge and skills required in working successfully with learners with additional needs.

Overview of Learning Activities

To successfully complete this course, you will need to participate in tutorials/workshops and other learning events. You will need to complete regular weekly learning tasks that may involve online activities, reading broadly, analysing video materials and case studies, reporting critically on set questions, researching course topics, and completing prescribed assessment tasks. You are required to be proactive and self-directed in your learning; asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required. You will also be required to actively and effectively engage with peers in collaborative problem-solving activities and other forms of group work.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.
Assessment alignment for this course includes:

Assignment 1: Student Learning Profile 20% (CLO1 and CLO2)
Assessment 2: Learning Plan 40% (CLO1, CLO3, and CLO4)
Assignment 3: Planning for Inclusion 40% (CLO2, CLO3 and CLO4)

Feedback will be provided 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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.