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The Professional Practice and Seminar Program focuses Teacher Candidates on the nexus that exists between the theory and practice of teaching. It offers an integrated approach that draws together the content introduced in academic subjects offered throughout the semester and consolidates the Teacher Candidates’ pedagogical and professional knowledge, practice and engagement. This subject is the vehicle for practical experience in preschool settings as the Teacher Candidate achieves a ready-to-teach standard. This subject draws on contemporary educational theory and research to equip Teacher Candidates as they extend their range of effective teaching and learning strategies.
Teacher Candidates consolidate their capacity to observe children with an understanding of their stage of development and individual learning needs. They take graduated responsibility for the planning, implementation and assessment of learning experiences for children based on their observations, children’s identified interests, the National Quality Framework and Graduate Teacher Standards. Teacher Candidates consolidate their understanding of preschool settings as organizations that serve the wider community.
The Professional Practice Seminars, which are timetabled throughout the semester, are designed to support the Teacher Candidates’ ongoing learning about how theory informs practice as well as the importance of critical reflection for teaching and professional growth.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, Teacher Candidates will have the knowledge and skills to equip them to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics of learners aged from three to five years;
- Collect evidence of children’ s learning, and analyse this evidence to purposefully plan, implement and assess learning experiences to meet the needs of individuals and groups of children;
- Develop skills and strategies to ensure the emotional, organizational and instructional support of individual children across a range of settings;
- Understand how principles of teaching and learning can be adapted to meet the needs of individual learners;
- Synthesize theoretical and practical understandings of teaching in preschool settings;
- Use critical reflection and discussion to evaluate and reflect on practice;
- Demonstrate the ability to manage the entire role of the preschool teacher, including classroom organization and administration matters;
- Communicate effectively with children, families and other professionals, and demonstrate a high standard of professionalism.
On completion of this subject, Teacher Candidates will be able to:
- Apply professional criteria to their own teaching and professional activity
- Synthesise their theoretical and practical understandings of teaching in early childhood contexts
- Appreciate and understand the significance of developing their professional practice based on research evidence;
- Demonstrate the professional requirements of being a teacher;
- Articulate a personal philosophy of education and how it forms the platform for the design, implementation and assessment of an effective teaching and learning program for three to five year old children.
- Promote the profession of teaching in the wider community.
Last updated: 2 December 2019