Course Title: Professional Experience: Inclusive Teaching in Alternate Settings

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Experience: Inclusive Teaching in Alternate Settings

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Coordinator: David Armstrong

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

Course Coordinator Email: david.armstrong@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study 

You should have satisfactorily completed    
TCHE2625 The Literacy Test for Initial Teacher Education 
TCHE2658 The Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education
before you commence this course. 

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.  

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. 


Course Description

This course provides pre-service teachers with an opportunity to apply and reflect on a range of approaches and orientations towards learning and teaching with 21st century learners, classrooms, schools and communities. The course has a strong focus on teaching for equity, diversity and inclusion across and within a range of social and cultural contexts. This course builds upon educational theories explored throughout the program allowing students to apply and reflect on this learning in their teaching practice. The course includes face-to-face classes and 20 days of placement in an alternate educational setting such as; a community school, a school annexe, an international school, indigenous community school or special needs school . 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

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

 Course Learning Outcomes
 AITSL Standards
 1  Critically consider system and school based responses to addressing issues relating to equality, inclusion and social justice.  1.6, 4.1, 4.4
 2  Construct an understanding of the sociocultural factors that shape students’ learning, their school experience and educational outcomes   1.3, 4.1 
 3  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning strategies which are responsive to students physical, intellectual, cultural, linguistic, religious and social needs.  1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.4
 4  Develop a critical analysis of the wider social and global context of education 2.4, 5.4

Program Learning Outcomes

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


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 also involves 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 http://rmit.libguides.com/sb.php?subject_id=67929 Assistance with referencing and avoiding plagiarism is available here http://www1.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing 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. http://www1.rmit.edu.au/library


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the relevant program (undergraduate or postgraduate) capabilities. 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. There are 3 assessment tasks:

 Title, words, weighting   Assessment of Course Learning Outcomes   Assessment of Graduate Teacher Standards
 Placement report, 2000 words, 50%   1, 2.3   1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.4, 4.1
 Group research task, 800 words equivalent 20%  4  2.4, 5.4
 Digital presentation, 1200 word equivalent, 30%  1,3 1.6, 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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment