This is the first of three professional experience units in secondary education. Pre-service teachers will undertake a 20-day professional experience in a secondary school 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 in discussion with their mentors and university academic staff. Pre-service teachers will begin to develop their understanding and competence against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) appropriate to this course stage. Pre-service teachers will be introduced to materials relating to pedagogy, curriculum, assessment and policies relevant to secondary school settings.

Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 2
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:

  • Demonstrate professional and caring relationships with education professionals, students and families
  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of learning experiences
  • Discuss curriculum documents and resources in relation to effective teaching and learning
  • Act in accordance with the standards, codes and policies relevant to the school setting
  • Critically reflect upon teaching and learning experiences, including the role of the learning environment
  • Examine and apply pedagogical approaches that can be effectively integrated into education programs that identify the cultural identity and linguistic background of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
18.75 8 weeks 150


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Professional Experience ReportIndividual 0% 1,2,3,4,5,6 


  • Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate)
  • Code of Conduct
  • Code of Ethics
  • Confidentiality
  • Effective communication
  • Planning documents
  • Introduction to secondary school education in Australia
  • The importance of knowing the setting and students you teach
  • Curriculum documents relevant to secondary schools
  • Engagement in a professional experience under the guidance of a professionally qualified mentor
  • Establishing professional relationships
  • Reflect on teaching performance
  • Resources to support teaching and learning
  • Learning environments
  • Introduction to e-Portfolios

Study resources

Reading materials

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