15 x 1-day field placements per semester
1 EDUC1227 - Professional Experience: Year 1 (Middle and Secondary Schooling)
2 EDUC1223 - Middle Schooling Philosophy and Pedagogy
2a EDUC1224 - Foundations of Special Education
3 18 units of study
Must Satisfy: (1 and (2 or 2a) and 3)
Course context

Students enrolled in this topic must also be enrolled in EDUC2426 concurrently.

Topic description

During this professional experience pre-service teachers observe and experience some of the key roles of teachers. They engage with and contribute to supervised learning programs and, analyse, review and determine their commitment and preparedness for this career.

Before, during and after placement students participate in a series of constructively aligned assessment tasks to plan personalised learning goals for future placements.

Educational aims

This topic aims to provide pre-service teachers with experiences that enable them to:

  • Understand the complex roles and responsibilities of teachers
  • Observe and learn how to effectively communicate, interact and work alongside school students and school staff
  • Consider how staff/student relationships influence ways of student learning, being, engaging and participating at school
  • Under supervision, assume some of the roles and responsibilities of classroom teachers
  • Behave collaboratively and effectively with all members of the school community
  • Make a valuable contribution to a recognised learning program within the school
  • Evaluate their readiness and commitment for a career in teaching
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Articulate their understandings of the complex work and roles teachers and other school staff
  2. Define ways schools provide social, emotional and academic opportunities for school students to improve learning and engagement
  3. Communicate effectively with all members of the school community
  4. Understand how relational ways of being influence teachers’ and students’ capacity to learn, participate and belong
  5. Assume some teaching responsibilities such as planning a lesson, facilitating group work and assisting individual students in recognised learning programs
  6. Articulate how student characteristics may influence their learning
  7. Devise some effective ways of supporting engagement in learning
  8. Implement a variety of teaching strategies and resources
  9. Record, analyse, review and plan learning goals for future professional experiences
  10. Determine whether this is a good career choice for them

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.