Teaching in the Secondary School - 2017

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Unit summary

MTS500

  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1
  • Assessment: Assignment - Investigation (60%) , Presentation (40%)

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2017 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

Teaching in the Secondary School is an introductory unit that explores fundamental aspects of what it means to be an effective classroom teacher in secondary schools. It covers aspects of professional responsibilities of teachers in regards to communication, teacher identity, professional growth and understanding of current and diverse teaching contexts.

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

  1. analyse, model and reflect on effective classroom communication strategies; establish a plan for professional learning for continual development of communication skills
  2. employ a range of frameworks to determine personal and professional learning needs to develop plans for professional growth
  3. distinguish key characteristics of effective teachers and explain their ethical, legislative, administrative and organisational responsibilities
  4. research and explain the current Secondary teaching context in relation to the cultural, political and social forces that shape education.
  • Assignment — Investigation (60%)
  • Presentation (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access
  • 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.

NumberTopic
1The modern teaching landscape (political, cultural, social, historical)
2What does an effective teacher 'do'? - Overview
3What does an effective teacher 'do'? - Communication
4What does an effective teacher 'do'? - Planning
5What does an effective teacher 'do'? - Assessment
6What does an effective teacher 'do'? - Relationships, social-emotional expectations and developing resilience
7Understanding your responsibilities
8Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
9Equity and ethical issues in teaching
10Legal issues in teaching
11Teacher interview discussion
12Developing your personal and professional learning plan
13Reflection and review

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • 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.

Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the The Co-op website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.

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