Professional Experience 4: Transition into the Profession - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2018: SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment - Exercise (25%) , Practicum - Professional Placement (50%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 2,950.00
International 3,200.00

This unit is the capstone unit of the professional practice suite and will emphasise transition into the profession. An important feature of the unit will be on planning professional learning as the transition into the profession is made and on the role of the Australian Professional Standards for Graduate Teachers in guiding this development. A five-week professional practice placement will enable practical application of the knowledge and skills gained along with further insights into the complexity of the teacher’s role. The overall pass requirement for the unit consists of a mark of at least 25% for the theory component and a pass for the professional practice placement report.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate achievement of the Graduate Standards for Teachers through completing a five-week professional practice placement
  2. design a personal plan to support continued professional learning and growth that is underpinned by research, the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and other professional frameworks
  3. create a professional portfolio to curate evidence against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
  4. examine structures and processes for reflective and collaborative professional practices for educators.
  • Assignment — Exercise (25%)
  • Practicum — Professional Placement (50%)
  • Report (25%)

Mandatory conditional prerequisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following unit(s) to study prior to this unit:

Please note that your enrolment in this unit is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite unit(s). If you study the prerequisite unit(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this unit, your result for the prerequisite unit(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite unit(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this unit. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite unit(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this unit to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite unit(s).

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Includes Placement — Includes Professional Experience placement.
  • Other special requirement — Access to Microsoft Office or a unit approved alternative, access to video creation and editing software.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Transitioning into the profession: what matters? Teacher identity and the professional portfolio
2Social and emotional well-being
3Planning for student learning: long term goals and implementation strategies
4Engaging parents and carers in the education process
5Resourcing professional growth: educational research, networks and associations
6Leadership in educational settings
7Reflective and collaborative structures and processes 1
8Reflective and collaborative structures and processes 2
9Planning your professional learning. Preparing for your placement
10Professional Experience Placement
11Professional Experience Placement
12Professional Experience Placement
13Review and Reflection

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • FAQs
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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