Course Title: Professional Experience: Developing Teaching Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Experience: Developing Teaching Practice

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Ange Fitzgerald

Course Coordinator Phone: By Email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora West

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-Requisite

Courses Successful completion of TCHE2405/TCHE2605 Professional Experience: Introduction to Teaching.

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 provides you with opportunities to begin to demonstrate your understanding of the nexus between the theories and practice of teaching. Drawing on a range of research and through application in practical settings you will begin to develop an understanding of; learner characteristics; principles of learning and teaching; classroom management strategies; and the importance of developing a professional learning trajectory. You will be assessed on your ability: to implement a range of teaching strategies; design effective learning sequences; and critically reflect on your own professional needs. You will also continue to maintain your evidentiary portfolio. This course is one of a sequence of professional experience (work integrated learning) courses designed to develop your knowledge and skills to teach in educational settings. It has an embedded placement component in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Critically analyse and apply educational research to your professional practice, demonstrating inclusive, learner focused, evidence-based teaching.
  • Consolidate and synthesise expert content and pedagogical knowledge and judgement to develop highly effective and innovative teaching skills in an area of specialisation.
  • Demonstrate a capacity for critically reflective practice including social, environmental and cultural professional awareness in both local and global contexts.
  • Communicate and engage professionally and ethically with students, colleagues, parents, carers and education stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.
  • Show commitment to ongoing professional learning, particularly in relation to meeting the Australian Graduate Standards for Teachers.

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


 Course Learning Outcomes     AITSL Standards
 1  Critically reflect on research into how students learn, and recognise the implications this has for the implementation of effective teaching practices.   1.2, 2.1
 2 Set learning goals that provide achievable challenges for students of varying abilities and characteristics.  3.1
 3 Apply understanding of student learning, pedagogical content knowledge and curriculum, to design learning sequences and lesson plans, that use a range of teaching strategies including digital technologies.   2.2, 2.6, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
 4  Implement subject and pedagogical content knowledge to create   3.5, 4.2, 4.3 
 5  Employ constructive feedback to improve teaching practice, identify learning needs and set realistic professional learning goals   6.1, 6.3
 Critique and design teaching and learning activities to support student participation, safety and wellbeing within legislative requirements  4.1, 4.4


Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will involve a range of face-to-face and online activities including lectures, workshops, practical activities, individual tasks, collaborative group work, discussion and individual reflection. Your learning in this course will also involve professional experience in an educational setting.

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. In order to pass the 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 alternative professional experience to pass the course.

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.

There are 3 assessment tasks:   

 Title, Words, Weighting  Assessment of Course Learning Outcomes  Assessment of AITSL Standards
 Implementing and critiquing teaching 1, 4, 5 2.1, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5 Page 6 of 11 frameworks 800 words, 20%  1,4,5  2.1, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
 Creating positive learning environments,1200 word equivalent, 30%  4,5,6  3.5, 4.3, 6.1, 6.3, 4.4
 Design a learning and teaching sequence, 2000 word equivalent, 50%  1,2,3 1.2, 2.2, 2.3, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.4 

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 manager 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: