Course Title: Professional Experience: Introduction to Education and Disability

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Experience: Introduction to Education and Disability

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: David Armstrong

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7480

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.4.24

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-Requisite Courses
Successful completion of TCHE2626 Professional Experience: Becoming a Teacher

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

This course introduces you to the discipline and field of disability studies. You will consider the history of approaches taken to manage those with disability, and the study and nature of disability to gain an overview of how and why disability occurs. Ethical and philosophical foundations along with global and national charters and legal responsibilities are explored, and based on these you will formulate your own philosophy to address approaches to disability in educational settings. You will apply your understanding of strategies to support the participation and engagement of children with disabilities to planning and implementing learning experiences in the classroom, reflecting upon the educational implications of your practice for successful schooling, teaching and learning in mainstream and specialist contexts.

The course includes a professional experience placement (work integrated learning) during which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from supervising teachers and/ or community is integral to your experience. Your professional experience placement is to be undertaken according to the Professional Experience Calendar, unless Special Consideration is granted for an equivalent assessment.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge in education
  • Critically analyse and apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to your professional practice in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment across a range of disciplines, reflecting a graduate level of proficiency in teaching
  • Consolidate and synthesise expert content and pedagogical content knowledge and develop highly effective classroom teaching skills in an area of specialisation
  • Develop deep and broad knowledge of education theory and the transformative potential of education in society in both local and global contexts
  • Apply initiative, judgement, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving skills and the capacity to work responsibly, ethically and inclusively in individual and collaborative professional contexts to enhance your practice
  • Show commitment to professional learning by being an independent, open-minded, resilient and critically reflective learner, seeking out, learning from constructive feedback and adapting to meet the demands of the profession
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and capacity to promote education for a sustainable future and to support diversity in all its forms
  • Communicate effectively with different stakeholders in the education field through a broad range of communication modes and digital technologies in diverse educational contex


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


AITSL Standards

1.Appropriately apply human rights charters and Parliamentary Acts with effective discernment


2.Describe basic aspects of aetiology underlying disability conditions


3.Critically reflect on the rights of those with disability to an education which meets their needs.


4.Apply your understanding of teaching strategies to plan for and implement learning experiences that engage small groups of children with disabilities

1.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will involve a range of activities including online lectures, workshops, practical activities, individual tasks, collaborative group work, discussion and individual reflection.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will support your access to learning resources for this course. 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 learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 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.

There are 3 assessments in this course:


Linked course learning outcomes


Assessment 1: Vignette

1, 2 5, 6.


Assessment 2: Inclusion Debate video

1, 5, 6



Assessment 3: Critical Incident Diary

1, 2, 3,4 5, 6



Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Assessment in this course is directly connected to your successful participation in professional experience. The end-of-placement report from your supervising teacher(s) on your professional development and participation in professional experience is an important component of your assessment. It will provide evidence of your ability to demonstrate the relevant professional practices and course learning outcomes specifically associated with the assessment tasks in the course.

In order to pass this course, you are required to receive a satisfactory assessment on your teaching placement, in accordance with Professional Experience requirements for outlined in this course guide below. If you fail to meet this requirement, for reasons other than those approved by Special Consideration, you will not pass the course. If granted Special Consideration, you may become eligible to complete supplementary professional experience to pass the course.

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: