Course Title: Professional Experience: Preparing for Teaching

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Experience: Preparing for Teaching

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Nicola Carr

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7802

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is designed to introduce you teaching as a profession and bring to life knowledge, themes and emergent approaches to contemporary teaching and learning. You will be introduced to expectations of teachers including those set out in the AITSL Professional Standards for teachers as well as legal and ethical responsibilities. You will focus on the social, technological and cultural influences on children and how these might shape learning and teaching. You will begin to develop your foundational skills in teaching including: observation, reflection, developing positive classroom environments and planning learning experiences. Your professional experience will include discussion and reflection on developing relationships, planning documentation, portfolios and the professional role of being a teacher. During your professional experience you will begin to develop your teaching practice more generally and participate as a professional teacher in the day-to-day activities of the school.

The course includes a 10 day 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.

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
  • 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.

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


AITSL Standards

1.Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of ethical conduct and relevant legislative, administrative and organisational policies and processes that apply to teachers

7.1, 7.2

2.Explain the characteristics of engaging, supportive and safe learning environments

1.2, 4.1, 4.4

3.Engage professionally with colleagues in an educational setting


4.Show initiative and judgement in your role as a preservice teacher within schools


5.Describe the key elements of a lesson plan

3.1, 3.2

6.Critically reflect on planned and incidental teaching in educational settings


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.

Task 1. Two in-class quizzes (20%) CLO1, CLO2 – two in-class quizzes focusing on professional, ethical and legislative obligations; and, safe & supportive learning environments.

Task 2: Annotated lesson plan (40%) CLO3, CLO4, CLO5 – focus on learning intentions, safe & supportive learning environments

Task 3: Critical Reflection on Teaching (40%) CLO4, CLO6

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.

Your professional experience placement is to be undertaken according to the Professional Experience Calendar, unless Special Consideration is granted for an equivalent assessment.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

In order to pass this course, you are required to receive a satisfactory assessment on your professional experience, in accordance with expectations outlined in the PX Handbook for the course. If you fail to meet this requirement, for reasons other than those approved by special considerations, 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: