M.Teach (Primary) Professional Experience
The Professional Experience units within the primary program are purposefully structured to ensure you develop the skills and content knowledge required to support your development as a teacher. The initial focus is upon pedagogy and planning; then you will move on to managing learning environments and finally assessment practices.
The underlying focus area common to all of the units is the development of reflective practice. An effective teacher is one who engages in reflective practice; it informs everything that they do in the classroom. The capstone experience in the suite of Professional Experience units is Transition into the Profession unit. This will mark your transition from pre-service student teacher to graduate teacher.
Placements are undertaken on a full-time basis for the number of days shown in a continuous block, students need to plan carefully to ensure they are able to meet this commitment. Students must be able to complete placements in more than one school over the duration of the Course.
Students’ placements must be completed in all year levels: junior (Y1-2), middle (Y3-4) and upper (Y5-6) primary to satisfy all States’ requirements for teacher registration.
MTP502 and MTP506 You will do your Professional Experience for MTP502 and MTP506 at the same school and with the same mentor teacher and class.
You will need to follow this sequence. Not doing so may delay your progression through the course.
MTP502 SP2 and MTP506 SP3
MTP502 Placement (Annual)
The first Professional Experience involves a two-week block placement. This is an annual placement as you will return to the same school and classroom. Emphasis during the first placement is on helping you to relate successfully to children in small groups and on an individual basis, developing basic skills and knowledge as a novice teacher, and gaining an understanding of the role of the teacher.
MTP506 Placement (Annual)
For the second Professional Experience, you will have a three-week block placement in the same school as the first placement. The focus for this professional experience is creating and managing a positive learning environment.
In the third Professional Experience, you will have a three-week block placement. It is intended to build on the learning experienced during the previous units and to extend this to the development of a personal teaching philosophy and classroom management plan.
The particular focus of this unit is the development of a personal philosophy of education including classroom management, development of assessment and evaluation skills, and the further development of lesson planning skills.