During the school-based learning experiences, pre-service teachers will demonstrate a responsive and responsible approach to professional practice and satisfactory completion of Professional Experience placements and debriefings. They will reflect on the role and responsibility of a teacher, demonstrating Christian values and principles, and a professional manner with students, colleagues and the school community in alignment with the Codes of Ethics and Conduct.
The third and final professional experience is a block of 30 consecutive days in a Secondary school, and is during the second semester of the second year. The aim for this teaching block is for pre-service teachers to operate as independent yet supervised teachers. The pre-service teachers will ideally move quickly through a team teaching model with the Mentor Teacher and have full control of the class learning environment for at least the final two weeks.
In this experience students are required to demonstrate that they are ‘ready to teach’ by satisfactorily meeting all the Standards for Graduating Teachers. The College will make the final determination in assessing the student, drawing upon feedback from the supervising teacher and the supervising teacher’s summative report as well as the students’ task submissions to assess the student’s completion of the practicum unit and determine if they are ‘ready to teach’.
Mentor Teachers will provide advice and support for the pre-service teachers and will assess their teaching against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the graduate level. As pre-service teachers progress through the Professional Experience, they are expected to demonstrate increasing competence and professional growth. They will seek, reflect on and apply constructive feedback from supervisors and teachers in order to improve their teaching practices. Through this professional experience you will focus on developing a reflective practice in order to improve classroom practices. On campus classes will introduce the teaching performance assessment. During your placement you will reflect on and evaluate your practices and their impact on students, and your progress towards the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the graduate level.
All pre-service teachers are to become well immersed with school life. Pre-service teachers are required to incorporate digital technologies in their teaching, learning and administration practices displaying improving personal proficiency.
Successful completion of all Professional Experiences is essential to gaining the award of Master of Teaching (Secondary).
Pre-service teachers will have a Working with Children check before they commence Professional Experience.
This unit is to be completed in a student’s final semester.
* Reflective Approaches to Improving Practice
* Measuring impact and progress against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
* Preparing for the final professional experience
* Preparing for the teaching performance assessment
* Debriefing and reflecting on the professional experience
* Preparing to transition into the profession
* Teacher registration and engagement with representatives of the sector