M.Teach (ECE/Primary/Secondary) Transition into the Profession
The capstone experience in the suite of Professional Experience units is the Transition into the Profession. This will mark your transition from pre-service student teacher to graduate teacher. The MTC505 Professional Experience 4: Transition into the Profession will be the final unit you complete within your program of study. This is a five-week block placement where you will work alongside an experienced classroom teacher. This unit has been designed so that you have an increasing amount of responsibility for a class of children and their learning. Please examine the materials below carefully and endeavour to be fully prepared for this most important placement.
The MTC505 Professional Experience 4: Transition into the Profession unit is offered in all study periods.
Your enrolment in MTC505 Professional Experience 4: Transition into the Profession cannot commence until the final study period of your course.
Students who complete MTC505 Professional Experience 4: Transition into the Profession in Study Period 1 (Term 2) may be eligible for graduation in September. To be eligible for the Sydney graduation (May) students would need to have completed the course the year before. Please refer to the graduation website.
Considering taking your Transition into the Profession in SP4
An enrolment in SP4/Term 1 will NOT be appropriate for most students as it is more difficult to secure a school for a placement at the beginning of school Term 1.
Any student considering enrolling in MTC505 in Study Period 4, MUST be aware of the following:
- You must make four familiarisation and planning visits to the school prior to your 5 week placement.
- You cannot begin these visits until you are enrolled in the unit and the SP commences.
- This means students will only have approx. three weeks in which to complete pre-visits in Term 4. Many schools and teachers will not welcome this at that time of the school year. It is important to complete some pre-visits in Term 4 to help with planning for your AfGT.
- You will then have a long holiday break with no contact, followed by an expectation that you begin your placement early in Term 1 – again, this can be difficult for schools and teachers to manage. You cannot expect a mentor teacher to be available to you during the summer holiday break.
- Your 5-week placement will occur in Term 1 of the following year. This means the SP will run for an extended time, longer than the standard 13 weeks.
Therefore, we must again make it very clear to everyone that this option will not suit standard circumstances and is only provided to avoid undue delay for certain students who are in particular positions.
You will be subject to the usual clearance processes that are managed by administration and these will happen in the usual way.
The MTC505 Professional Experience 4: Transition into the Profession will be completed over a five-week block placement and no negotiation on this requirement is possible. There are formal Teacher Registration classroom contact time requirements that must be met. When you approach a school, make an appointment to meet with the principal, and take a copy of the Introductory Letter and the MTC505 Professional Experience 4: Transition into the Profession Handbook, to the meeting.
As soon as you have secured a placement in a school, please fill in the Mentor and School-based Supervisor forms as soon as you have all the information, and email them to Curtin (firstname.lastname@example.org) before the Study Period starts. It is very important that if there are any changes to your Mentor or School-based Supervisor details that you notify Curtin immediately.
Please familiarise yourself with the MTC505 Professional Experience 4: Transition into the Profession Handbook; this contains a wealth of information about this unit and should answer many of the questions you may have.
There is an expectation that you visit your school four (4) times, for four (4) full days, prior to the Transition into the Profession unit, in order to familiarise yourself with the school, class and teacher, and to enable you to plan. You may, of course, do more observation days if you desire. These are to be completed prior to this unit. These visits are informal and will not be formally supervised.
Supervision of the MTC505 Professional Experience 4: Transition into the Profession unit is managed at the school level, and there will be a final interview that will involve Curtin University staff.
As part of completing the MTC505 Professional Experience 4: Transition into the Profession unit, you will need to complete 4 FULL day pre-visits at your host school.
The visits are a time for you to meet your class and mentor teacher, identify the students’ characteristics and learning needs for the following term, plan collaboratively with your mentor, and familiarise yourself with all class and school routines and policies.
Please note the following:
- The visits can only begin once the SP starts, usually 2 weeks at the prior of the five-week teaching block. Any informal visits completed before the SP starts can NOT be counted, as you are not an official representative of Curtin at that time. However, feel free to complete extra visits before the SP starts if you wish to, and if the school allows, as a volunteer.
- You can complete the 4 days any way you prefer – one day a week for four weeks or in one week.
- You must keep a record of these visits and submit the record to Curtin (email@example.com) as soon as they are completed. The form for this can be downloaded from this link. Pre-visit Forms
If you have any further queries regards these visits, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Once the prac office email@example.com has received your final report (signed by both the Mentor and School-based Supervisor) and a signed grade slip each (one from the mentor and one from the supervisor) your grade will be submitted for processing. Please note that the prac office only initiates the processing of your grade, once submitted through the prac office it is then sent through to the Faculty office and then to Student Central.
- The processing time can take up to 10 days from when all documentation has been received.
- Your grade will then be available to you through e-student under the “my results” tab after the official results are released for you study period.
- When you can see your final result in the “my results” tab you can then purchase any official documentation you wish from the following link.
- If you are attending a graduation and have registered for this, you will receive your official award and transcript on this day.
- If you are not attending a graduation and have registered to have your award sent to you, you will receive in the mail your official award and transcript shortly after the designated graduation day.
The Curtin Graduations Website will provide you with the step by step guide for preparing for graduation.