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Secondary Professional Experience

Important dates for 2015

20 April - 1 May Session 1 block teaching period
5 June Final date for submission of all Session 1 Professional Experience Reports
13 July - 7 August Session 2 block teaching period
14 August Final date for submission of EDTE302 Session 2 Professional Experience Reports
6 November Final date for submission of all other Session 2 Professional Experience Reports

2015 Professional Experience Calendar

Secondary Teaching Awards

At Macquarie, there are two main patterns of study leading to a secondary teaching qualification:

Undergraduate program

This pathway integrates Preservice Teachers' academic and professional studies within two double degree programs: the BABEd(Secondary) and the BScBEd(Secondary).

Some secondary Preservice Teachers may also be enrolled in one of the following programs (now closed to new enrolments): the BADipEd, the BA-PsychDipED and the BScDipEd.

Preservice Teachers enrolled in the undergraduate Secondary Teacher Education Program will typically complete their school-based Professional Experience Program in Years 3 and 4 of the four-year, full-time award.

Undergraduate patterns of secondary professional experience (2015)

Year Award Number of professional experience days Professional experience unit (and concurrent methodology unit)
Year 1

BABEd(Secondary)

BScBEd(Secondary)

Nil Discipline-based studies and foundation units in Education
Year 2

BABEd(Secondary)

BScBEd(Secondary)

Nil Discipline-based studies and 200-Level units in Education
Year 3

BADipEd

BA-PsychDipEd

BScDipEd

20 days (10-day block plus 10 additional days in Session 1 OR 20-day block in Session 2) Session 1 OR 2 - Completed in conjunction with either TEP387 (S1) or TEP388 (S2)
 

BABEd(Secondary)

BScBEd(Secondary)

20 days (10-day block plus 10 additional days in Session 1 OR 20-day block in Session 2) Session 1 OR 2 - EDTE302
Year 4

BADipEd

BA-PsychDipEd

BScDipEd

40 days (10-day block plus 10 additional days in Session 1 AND 20-day block in Session 2)

Session 1 - TEP401 (20 days)

Session 2 - TEP402 (20 days)

 

BABEd(Secondary)

BScBEd(Secondary)

 

60 days (10-day block plus 20 additional days in Session 1 AND 20-day block plus 10 additional days in Session 2)

Session 1 - TEP401 (30 days)

Session 2 - TEP402 (30 days)

 

More than one teaching subject

Secondary Preservice Teachers who intend to teach more than one subject apportion their professional experience days in TEP401 and TEP402 as follows:

Two first teaching subjects. Half the days are allocated to one first teaching subject and half the days are allocated to the other first teaching subject

One first teaching subject and one second (minor) teaching subject. Ten days are allocated to the second (minor) teaching subject and the remaining days are allocated to the first teaching subject

One first teaching subject and two second (minor) teaching subjects. Ten days are allocated to each second (minor) teaching subject and the remaining days are allocated to the first teaching subject

NOTE: Secondary Preservice Teachers who are enrolled in the BADipEd, BA-PsychDipEd or BScDipEd complete an additional 10-days for each second (minor) teaching subject. For example, a Preservice Teacher enrolled in a BADipEd who is completing a first teaching subject and a second (minor) teaching subject will complete 70 days of professional experience rather than the usual 60 days. 

 

NOTE: Secondary Preservice Teachers who are enrolled in the BADipEd, BA-PsychDipEd or BScDipEd and who have three teaching subjects complete an additional 10-days for the third (minor) teaching subject. For example:

  • A Preservice Teacher enrolled in a BADipEd who is completing a first teaching subject and one second (minor) teaching subject will complete 60 days of professional experience
  • A Preservice Teacher enrolled in a BADipEd who is completing a first teaching subject and two second (minor) teaching subjects will complete 70 days of professional experience rather than the usual 60 days 

 

Enrolment Year

Undergraduate Secondary

Professional Experience Requirements

2010

BA-Psych DipEd ARTS10

60 days

BADipEd ARTS05
BScDipEd SCIE05

2011

BA-Psych DipEd ARTS10

60 days

BADipEd ARTS05
BScDipEd SCIE05

2012

BA-Psych DipEd ARTS10

60 days

BADipEd ARTS05

 

BScDipEd SCIE05

2013

BA-Psych DipEd ARTS23

60 days

BADipEd ARTS18
BScDipEd SCIE08

2014

BABEd(Sec) ARTS24

80 days

BScBEd(Sec) SCIE10

2015

BABEd(Sec) ARTS24

80 days

BScBEd(Sec) SCIE10

 

Graduate-entry program

Preservice Teachers enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) have already completed an initial bachelor degree. These Preservice Teachers undertake theoretical studies in education as well as the professional components of the Teacher Education Program. The minimum time to complete the degree is two years of full-time study. To be offered a place in this program, Preservice Teachers must satisfy subject and subject content requirements as specified by the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES).

Graduate entry patterns of secondary professional experience (2015)

Year Award Number of professional experience days Professional experience unit (and concurrent methodology unit)
Year 1 Bed(Secondary) 20 days (10-day block plus 10 additional days in Session 1 OR 20-day block in Session 2) Session 1 or 2 - EDTE302 Completed in conjunction with either TEP387 or TEP388
Year 2 Bed(Secondary) 40 days (10-day block plus 10 additional days in Session 1 AND 20-day block in Session 2)

Session 1 - TEP401 (20 days)

Session 2 - TEP402 (20 days)

 

Secondary professional experience units

Secondary Preservice Teachers undertake their Professional Experience placements while enrolled in:

  • EDTE302 Introduction to Professional Experience in the Secondary School 
  • TEP401 Professional Experience in Secondary School I
  • TEP402 Professional Experience in Secondary School II

The following table describes the secondary Professional Experience units provides links to the handbook. Specific expectations and Professional Experience reports for each unit can be found here.

Unit Overview
EDTE302

Preservice teachers placed in  EDTE302 (S1) complete a 10-day block plus 10 additional days; for EDTE302 (S2), they complete a 20-day block. As soon as preservice teachers receive notification from the Professional Experience Office of their placement they should contact the school and make arrangements to commence the practicum. It is especially important for preservice teachers completing EDTE302 (S1) to begin some of their days before the block-teaching period.

The EDTE302 placement is primarily designed as an opportunity to observe a variety of lessons and gain experience in working with small groups and teaching whole-class lessons. Preservice teachers may sometimes be placed in pairs for EDTE302. It is recommended that preservice teachers spend the first day or two observing lessons and learning about the school and its routines. They could then begin working with individuals or small groups of students or teaching part of a whole-class lesson. If placed in a pair with another EDTE302 preservice teacher, co-teaching and peer observation of lessons are also encouraged.

As the practicum proceeds, preservice teachers should plan, teach and evaluate whole-class lessons. There is no specified number of lessons to be taught. Supervising teachers are encouraged to use their professional judgement in making decisions about the number and frequency of whole-class lessons taught by the preservice teacher. When observing lessons, preservice teachers should take notes on what they notice and use these in post-lesson discussions with the supervising teacher. When teaching, lesson plans should be prepared in advance of the class so there is ample time to discuss them with the supervising teacher and revise them as required.

At the end of the placement, preservice teachers are required to submit hard copies of the following documents to the Professional Experience Office: the Supervising Teacher Report, the Self-Evaluation Report and the Register of Visits.

TEP387/TEP388 Students enrolled in the BADipEd (Secondary) who are not required to complete EDTE302 will complete their 20-day professional experience days in conjunction with the first Professional Curriculum unit TEP387/TEP388. Please refer to the information above regarding the details of the required 20 days.
TEP401

Preservice teachers placed in TEP401 (S1) complete a 10-day block plus a minimum of 10 additional days. As soon as preservice teachers receive notification from the Professional Experience Office of their placement they should contact the school and make arrangements to commence the practicum. It is especially important for preservice teachers completing TE401 (S1) to begin some of their days before the block-teaching period.

The TEP401 placement is primarily designed as an opportunity to observe a variety of lessons and gain experience in teaching whole-class lessons. It is recommended that preservice teachers spend the first day observing lessons and learning about the school and its routines. They could then begin working with individuals or small groups of students or teaching part of a whole-class lesson. As the practicum proceeds, preservice teachers should plan, teach and evaluate whole-class lessons. There is no specified number of lessons to be taught. Supervising teachers are encouraged to use their professional judgement in making decisions about the number and frequency of whole-class lessons taught by the preservice teacher. The goal is for preservice teachers to start teaching for about one-third of the day, gradually increasing the number of lessons so they are teaching about half of the day.

When observing lessons, preservice teachers should take notes on what they notice and use these in post-lesson discussions with the supervising teacher. When teaching, lesson plans should be prepared in advance of the class so there is ample time to discuss them with the supervising teacher and revise them as required.

Preservice teachers receive a visit from a university supervisor during the TEP401 placement. The purpose of the visit is to liaise with the supervising teacher and discuss the preservice teacher's progress towards achieving the Graduate Teaching Standards.

At the end of the placement, preservice teachers are required to submit hard copies of the following documents to the Professional Experience Office: the Supervising Teacher Report, the Self-Evaluation Report and the Register of Visits.

TEP402

 Preservice teachers placed in TEP402 (S2) complete a 20-day block plus a minimum of 5 additional days. As soon as preservice teachers receive notification from the Professional Experience Office of their placement they should contact the school and make arrangements to commence the practicum at the start of the block-teaching period.

The TEP402 placement is primarily designed as an opportunity to gain experience in teaching whole-class lessons and to fully participate in the life of the school. There is no specified number of lessons to be taught. Supervising teachers are encouraged to use their professional judgement in making decisions about the number and frequency of whole-class lessons taught by the preservice teacher. The goal is for preservice teachers to teach for half of the day.

When observing lessons, preservice teachers should take notes on what they notice and use these in post-lesson discussions with the supervising teacher. When teaching, lesson plans should be prepared in advance of the class so there is ample time to discuss them with the supervising teacher and revise them as required. Preservice teachers receive a visit from a university supervisor during the TEP402 placement. The purpose of the visit is to liaise with the supervising teacher and discuss the preservice teacher's progress towards achieving the Graduate Teaching Standards.

At the end of the placement, preservice teachers are required to submit hard copies of the following documents to the Professional Experience Office: the Supervising Teacher Report, the Self-Evaluation Report and the Register of Visits.

TEP401/402 There is a special report form for second (i.e. minor) teaching subjects. Preservice Teachers must submit a Second Teaching Subject Report for professional experience days which are undertaken in TEP401 and/or TEP402.