In this unit, pre-service teachers will undertake a 30 day professional experience in a secondary school setting under the supervision of approved mentors. Pre-service teachers will involve themselves in the life of the school and reflect on their practice and performance, supported by their school mentors and university academic staff. Within this unit, pre-service teachers will continue to develop their understanding and competence against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) appropriate to this course stage. In preparation for this professional experience, pre-service teachers will engage with material relating to pedagogy, curriculum, assessment, and policies, relevant to a secondary school setting.

Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Plan and implement learning experiences [APST Standards 1, 2 & 3]
  • Consider learning environments to ensure safety and to facilitate learning [APST Standard 4]
  • Know and understand effective strategies for interpersonal and communication skills with education professionals, students and families [APST Standards 7 & 6]
  • Analyse and reflect upon teaching and learning in relation to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers [APST Standards 1-7]
  • Identify and use a range of teaching and assessment strategies and evaluate their effectiveness [APST Standards 3, 2 & 5]

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Live Online
1.00 12 weeks 12
2.00 12 weeks 24
37.50 6 weeks 225
Specified Activities
4.50 8 weeks 36
Unspecified Activities
9.75 8 weeks 78


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Professional Experience PortfolioIndividual 0% 1,2,3,4,5 
ReportIndividual 0% 1,2,3,4,5 


  • Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate) focus areas 1.3, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 4.3, 5.5, 6.1, 6.2, 7.2 are explicitly taught, practiced and assessed in this unit, whilst focus areas 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 4.2, 4.4, 4.5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 6.3, 7.1, 7.3 are furthered developed.
  • Engagement in a professional experience under the guidance of a professionally qualified mentor teacher.
  • Curriculum documentation.
  • Introduction to assessment practices and their relationship to effective learning.
  • Lesson and unit planning.
  • Establishing and maintaining professional relationships with students and other professionals.
  • Using reflection as a tool for improvement.
  • Setting goals for teaching and learning.
  • Modify the learning environment to enhance safety and learning.
  • Teaching resources including ICT.
  • Effective communication.
  • A range of teaching strategies that support students’ learning.
  • Strategies for supporting students’ learning, well-being and safety, including policy and legislative requirements.
  • Code of Conduct.
  • Code of Ethics.
  • Building on e-Portfolios.

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.