Prerequisite EDFX310 Professional Experience Primary 3
This school-based professional experience is undertaken in the final year of the course and facilitates the induction of preservice teachers into the profession. This practicum focuses on the identification of the professional role of the teacher as one of reflector, thinker, learner and investigator within a particular classroom context and as an integral member of a school community. The unit allows principals, school coordinators, associate teachers and preservice teachers to work collaboratively with the University to assess, challenge, develop and extend the abilities of preservice teachers. It also provides opportunities for school-based study and the development of closer links between theoretical considerations and the teaching and learning experiences encountered in schools.
Preservice teachers in this final unit will undertake professional experience in the form of an internship or casual teaching arrangement (specific to some states) which is supported through a mentoring program in their coursework. This experience allows the preservice teacher to develop an appreciation of the teachers’ role within the school and broader educational community through taking responsibility similar to that of the classroom teacher.