Warning! This subject requires you to do a practical placement, please see Special Requirements for more information.

Subject details

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

  1. create lesson plans with challenging learning goals, a range of teaching strategies, and diverse resources, including digital technologies, that reflect an understanding of how students learn
  2. demonstrate and evaluate the use of effective planning and a range of teaching strategies, acknowledging the needs of students from diverse backgrounds, in a major secondary teaching area
  3. employ effective communication skills and maintain student safety in secondary school settings
  4. examine and evaluate the way practising teachers plan learning experiences, and employ pedagogical and formative assessment strategies to engage students and monitor their learning.
  • Topics
    • Teachers professional practice
    • The teaching and learning cycle
    • Curriculum development and levels of planning
    • Lesson Planning - Part A
    • Lesson Planning - Part B
    • Pedagogical practices
    • Teaching and learning strategies
    • Catering for all students
    • Assessment, evaluating and reporting
    • Building positive relationships and classroom management
    • Professional Experience Placement
    • Reflection and review
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • E-Portfolios
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Online Assessment
      • FAQs
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Resources and Links

Entry Requirements

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

Special requirements

  • PlacementDetails - Includes Professional Experience placement.
  • OtherDetails -

    Access to Microsoft Office or a unit approved alternative, access to video creation and editing software.

This is the first in the suite of professional experience placement subjects. The subject explores what it means to be an effective teacher. It focuses on lesson planning, including selecting objectives and appropriate teaching, learning and formative assessment strategies. In addition, it includes the use of appropriate resources and effective communication to support learning. A two-week professional placement will enable students to apply their knowledge and skills gained in the theory component, and gain insights into the complexity of the teacher’s role, aiding their development of a teacher identity. The overall pass requirement for the subject consists of a mark of at least 50% for the theory component and a pass for the professional experience placement.

To view the Professional Experience Calendar, please see below:

Master of Teaching (Secondary Education) Professional Experience Calendar 2018 (PDF, 27Kb)

Please Note: If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

  • Assignment 1 - Exercise (60%)
  • Assignment 2 - Report (40%)
  • Assignment 3 - Prof Experience - Pass/Fail (0%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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