Course Title: Professional Experience: Professional Readiness

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Experience: Professional Readiness

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Coordinator: Alison Lugg

Course Coordinator Phone: 000

Course Coordinator Email: alison.lugg@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

 

TCHE2625 Literacy Test for Initial Teacher Education

TCHE2658 Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education


Course Description

This course provides you with a capstone experience which will give you the opportunity to integrate, critically reflect on and consolidate what you have learned in your program. The course is designed to assist you to transition to the workplace and the profession. You will prepare for entering the profession through finalizing documented evidence of your achievement of the graduate level professional standards for teaching, identifying your continuing professional development needs and your responsibilities to colleagues, students, parents, carers and the community.

During your final professional experience placement you will consolidate your teaching practice and participate as a teacher in the day-to-day activities of the school. You will explicitly demonstrate your knowledge, skills, beliefs, values and practices as a teacher in a sustained classroom teaching experience during your final teaching performance. You will take increasing responsibility for planning, teaching and assessing student learning, collaboratively working with your mentor as you move towards full classroom control for an extended period. You will also undertake an investigation into an aspect of your instructional practice, implement that instructional practice during your professional experience and critically reflect on that practice and the impact your practice has on student learning.

The course includes a 30-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

 

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

 

AITSL Standards

1.Demonstrate your readiness to teach by providing evidence of your achievement of the Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Level),

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

2.Analyse and reflect on your achievement of the Graduate Standards for teachers to identify professional learning needs from a range of appropriate sources

6.1, 6.2, 7.4

3.Develop and apply an action research approach to support the continuous improvement of your own teaching practice in order to improve student learning outcomes.

3.6, 6.4

4.Apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve your teaching practices.

6.3

5.Articulate and communicate your professional identity as a teacher

 

 


 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
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  • 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.

 


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. Your learning in this course will also involve an extended professional experience placement where you will learn from feedback from your colleagues and teachers in a primary classroom setting.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Suggested readings from current educational literature will be provided on the course website and will be drawn from highly regarded academic journals, books and conferences as well as reports, websites and other online resources.

The University Library has extensive resources for teacher education students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies Education Library Guides.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.


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.

Task 1. Professional Portfolio and Professional Learning Action Plan (40%) CLO1, CLO2 - finalise your professional portfolio and reflect on your evidence of achievement to inform the development of your professional learning plan

Task 2. Key Selection Criteria and Application letter (10%) CLO5 Prepare a letter of application for a teaching position and address one of the key selection criteria for graduate teachers

Task 3: Investigating and reporting the impact of your practice on student learning (50%) CLO3 Develop, implement and report on an action research project into an element of your own teaching practice to improve student learning. Collect and analyse data on student learning to evaluate your own teaching practice.

In order to pass this course, you are required to receive a satisfactory assessment on your Final Teaching Performance Assessment, 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 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.

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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment