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,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Sam Vlcek

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0000

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.

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

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 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 CLOs and on your development against the program capabilities.
Assessment alignment for this course includes: 

Assessment 1: Classroom Reflection 25% (CLO1 and CLO2)

Assessment 2: Qualities of a Quality Teacher 25% (CLO3 and CLO4)

Assessment 3: Preparing for Placement Portfolio 50%  (CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5, and CLO6)

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.