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Graduate Diploma of Education (Applied Learning)

Graduate Diploma of Education (Applied Learning)

Please note this course will not be offered from 2015.

TIMETABLE GDAL Professional Experience Timetable

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Forms and Resources

Placement Information for Supervising Teachers

Professional Experience Contact

Ms Tania Harvey
Telephone: 03 5227 2206
Email: tania.harvey@deakin.edu.au
(Available Monday to Thursday)

Ms Melissa Wray
Telephone: 03 5227 2542
Email: melissa.wray@deakin.edu.au
(Available Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)

Course Team

Dr Tracey Ollis
Course Coordinator
Telephone: 03 5227 1489
Email: trace.ollis@deakin.edu.au

Dr Damian Blake
Faculty of Arts & Education
Telephone: 03 5227 1440
Email: damian.blake@deakin.edu.au

Dr Lauri Grace
Faculty of Arts & Education
Telephone: 03 5227 1498

Note: For further information in regards to Professional Experience Guidelines and Policies please click on the following link: Guidelines and Policies
This website is a guideline regarding only the practicum component of units and courses. For the complete unit and course requirements, please consult the University handbook www.deakin.edu.au/handbook

Graduate Diploma of Education (Applied Learning)

The Graduate Diploma of Education (Applied Learning) is an innovative post-graduate degree enabling graduates to teach and work with young people in Victorian secondary schools, Technical and Further Education (TAFE) colleges, Adult and Community Education (ACE) agencies and other youth education settings. We refer to these as educational workplaces in the handbook.

The Graduate Diploma of Education (Applied Learning) emphasises work-based learning as an authentic approach to acquiring the knowledge, skills and values essential for teaching young people. This information will provide students and schools/supervisors with important information about the Applied Learning Teaching Experience (ALTE) placements that students undertake throughout the course and that are essential to the work- based learning dimension of the course.

The ALTE placements are designed to integrate with the eight curriculum-based units of study in the Graduate Diploma of Education (Applied Learning). The sequences of study, both on-campus and off-campus, explore different aspects of applied learning and youth education and prepare students for each of the ALTE placements.

Student teachers are required to satisfactorily complete all units of the course, including those delivered through a combination of five on-campus study blocks throughout the year and off-campus and educational workplace study. The work-based learning placements, or ALTE, provide student teachers with the means to meet the full requirements of teaching units EEY705, EEY706, EEY707 and EEY708, plus some of the curriculum-based units.

Aims of the Applied Learning Teaching Experience (ALTE)

Applied Learning Teaching Experience (ALTE) placements aim to provide students with work-based learning opportunities to develop and demonstrate competence in the professional knowledge and practice of teaching. They also aim to provide an opportunity to begin an ongoing, active engagement with the teaching profession that will support future growth and development as a teacher.

Throughout the ALTE placements students are encouraged to explore and experience how genuine examples of applied learning go beyond the traditional walls of a school classroom, and beyond the traditional boundaries of educational institutions, work-places and community agencies. By adopting a 'hands-on' and experiential approach in their own professional learning, students can learn firsthand, how applied learning can be used to engage young people in deep and meaningful learning experiences often facilitated through partnerships between local educational providers, businesses and other agencies.

ALTE placements aim to enable student teachers to develop and demonstrate competence in the professional knowledge, practice and engagement of teaching by:

  • developing a first hand understanding and appreciation of the learning and developmental needs of young people
  • developing a reflective approach to teaching and working with young people
  • integrating and applying the knowledge, skills and attitudes gained through course work in the Graduate Diploma of Education (Applied Learning)
  • developing professional knowledge, skills, strategies and resources that can be used to engage young people through applied learning
  • becoming aware of the ways in which education providers incorporate relevant educational documents, policies and reforms into their provision of education for young people
  • developing skills in the use of a range learning technologies that will support and enhance applied learning initiatives
  • developing knowledge and skills that will allow professional contribution to the educational teams and communities that form secondary schools, TAFE colleges and ACE agencies.

Rules and Expectations

Itis the student teacher's responsibility to read and abide by these rules. If a student teacher fails to adhere to any of these rules, it may adversely affect his/her Professional Experience placement and subsequent application for teacher registration.

ENROLMENT IN ALTE UNIT CODES

Students should ensure they are enrolled in the following units to undertake Professional Experience.

Unit

Semester

Guide to Planning

Guide to Teaching

EEY705: Secondary Placement (10 days)

Trimester 1

4 to 5 days of initial observation and involvement in the classroom.

Work towards planning at least 1 lesson per day and building towards 2 lessons per day.

Work towards teaching 10 classes of sequential or linked lessons by the end of the 10 days placement.

Team teach and observe as many additional classes as possible.

EEY706: Applied Learning Placement (10 days)

Trimester 2

2 to 3 days initial observation and involvement in the classroom.

Work towards planning at least 2 lessons per day and building towards 3 lessons per day.

Work towards teaching 15-20 classes of sequenced or linked lessons by the end of the 10 days placement.

Team teach and observe as many additional classes as possible.

EEY707: Applied Learning Placement (10 days)

Trimester 1

2 to 3 days initial observation and involvement in the classroom.

Work towards planning at least 2 lessons per day and building towards 3 lessons per day.

Work towards teaching 15-20 classes of sequenced or linked lessons by the end of the 10 days placement.

Team teach and observe as many additional classes as possible.

EEY708: Secondary Placement (15 days)Trimester 2

2 to 3 days initial observation and involvement in the classroom.

Work towards planning at least 2 lessons per day and building towards 3 lessons per day.

Work towards teaching 20 classes of sequenced or linked lessons by the end of the 15 days placement.

Team teach and observe as many additional classes as possible.

Students must:

  • ensure that they are enrolled in the correct ALTE unit codes, in sequential order
  • complete the number of days specified for each unit code in the current trimester of enrolment
  • notify the Deakin University Professional Experience Office of any change of address or contact details
  • withdraw from the unit code if you are not able to undertake an ALTE placement and inform the Deakin
  • University Professional Experience Office immediately.

WITHDRAWAL FROM AN ALTE UNIT CODE

Students unable to undertake ALTE placement must withdraw from the ALTE unit code using StudentConnect and should refer to the Important Dates section (pages 9-11) of the University Handbook for final dates for enrolment variations.

If a student has submitted a placement form or has received confirmation of a placement they must contact the Deakin University Professional Experience Office when withdrawing from the ALTE placement unit code or from the course.

Once a placement has commenced, students are not able to withdraw without providing a medical certificate to the Deakin University Professional Experience Office, regardless of the date for withdrawal for units in that trimester. If a student cannot undertake the placement during the dates advised she/he must consult with the Deakin University Professional Experience Office. Late notification of inability to undertake a placement adversely affects the University's relationship with the school where students are placed.

Withdrawal from ALTE placement unit codes after the HECS census dates will result in loss of fees for the unit.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ALTE UNITS

All students are required to satisfactorily complete the ALTE work-based learning placements in order to satisfy the requirements for the Graduate Diploma of Education (Applied Learning) course.

The Graduate Diploma of Education (Applied Learning) aims to provide students with significant 'hands-on' opportunities to learn about teaching through the program's work-based learning placements or ALTE. There are two key aspects of the ALTE placements that students are required to complete:

1. Supervised ALTE Placements (45 Days)
A minimum of 45 days ALTE placement under the supervision of a registered secondary teacher. At least 25 of these days must involve placement in a secondary school, however, the remainder may also involve suitable TAFE or ACE settings if appropriate supervision is available. It is expected that students will be participating in all aspects of the life of their school/educational workplaces while on placement and will place a particular emphasis on developing the knowledge and skills relevant to applied learning.

2. Unsupervised ALTE Placements (15 days)
A minimum of 15 additional days of Professional Learning Experience that demonstrates constructive contribution to the profession. These 15 days could typically involve undertaking volunteer work with youth organisations, such as those associated with Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLENs). Students may also use these days to visit and observe a range of education settings including primary schools, other
secondary schools, TAFE colleges, ACE providers or workplace training contexts. Time spent attending relevant in-service programs, conferences and workshops could be included in the 15 days of unsupervised placement.

COMPLETING ALTE PLACEMENTS

Full-time students are required to complete the minimum of 60 days of ALTE placement over the twotrimesters of the one year full-time program. This may typically be organised on the basis of single block placements, or alternatively, three-day-per-week placements during the designated ALTE placement periods throughout the program.

Part-time students are required to complete a minimum of 60 days of ALTE placement over the four trimesters of the two year part-time program. This may also involve single block placements, or three-day-per-week placements during the designated ALTE placement periods throughout the program. Part time students should be aware that ALTE placements involving only 1 or 2 days per week in an educational workplace will generally be insufficientto enable them to become integrated into the workplace and may also be disruptive to the learning programs of students and their teachers. Such arrangements are therefore unlikely to be approved by the Course Team.

REQUESTING AN ALTE PLACEMENT

Students requesting a placement outside the greater Geelong region should research educational workplaces that offer their particular method areas including VCAL/VET. Depending on whether they are full time or part time, students should request placements that match the units they will be taking in each trimester:


Trimester 1 2013

Trimester 2 2013

Full-time students

Middle years, VCE

Middle years, VCAL, VET

Part-time students

1st Year

Middle years

Middle years, VCAL, VET

2nd Year

Middle years, VCE

All/Any levels

When you consider your ALTE placement keep in mind that you will benefit from experience in:

  • a range of educational settings
  • a range of secondary year levels in your method areas
  • a range of types of settings in which you will gain experience (rural, inner-suburban, independent, etc.).

The VCAA web site offers a search option for VCAL/VET areas.

Process for organising your placement

  1. Complete and return the ALTE Student Placement Information form so that a placement can be requested. All placements for the required 45 supervised days must be organised through the Deakin University Professional Experience Office. Students should allow a 'lead time' of at least 6-8 weeks for the University's administrative process (not counting school holidays).
  2. Students who require a placement in the greater Geelong region are not required to nominate school preferences, please tick the Geelong school box on the placement form. For students requiring placement outside this region please ensure you provide 3 school/institution preferences and all contact details. Failure to nominate several educational workplace preferences may affect student's commencement dates.
  3. Clearly indicate how your placement is to be structured (dates and days). Students undertaking less than 5 days per week MUST indicate which days they will attend the educational workplace.

NOTE: Placements must be arranged as per number of days required for each of the ALTE unit codes (see page 12)
however students can link two placements together and can undertake a placement for 20-25 days.

Students are also expected to organise, negotiate and keep comprehensive records of, the remaining 15 days of unsupervised Professional Learning Experience . This is not organised through the Deakin University Professional Experience Office and is the responsibility of the student to arrange and document suitably.

ALTE AND PERMISSION TO TEACH

Students who are employed as full-time secondary teachers with Permission To Teach (PTT) granted by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) should ensure that Deakin University Professional Experience Office and members of the Course Team are made aware of their PTT status. PTT students experiencing difficulty with achieving a variety of ALTE settings due to teaching commitments should also discuss the matter with the Deakin University Professional Experience Office as soon as possible

Course Structure

Full Time Structure

Trimester 1

ECJ721
Introduction to Teaching in the Middle Years (1cp)

ECJ722
Applied Learning in the Middle Years
(1cp)

EEE721
Youth, Culture and Learning Pathways (0.75cp)

EEJ724
Teaching for Pathways into Tertiary Study (0.75cp)

EEY705
Secondary Placement 10 days (0.25cp)

EEY707*
Applied Learning Placement 10 days (0.25cp)

Trimester 2

ECJ723
Applied Learning in the Post- Compulsory Education and Training sector (1cp)

EXE702
Becoming a teacher in the
21st Century: The personal, professional and political
challenges (1cp)

EEJ735
Teachers and Youth Literacy and Numeracy Engagement (0.75cp)

EEE723
Partnership Development for Applied
and Vocational Learning Programs (0.75cp)

EEY706*
Applied Learning Placement 10 days (0.25cp)

EEY708
Secondary Placement 15 days (0.25cp)

Part Time Structure

Year 1

Trimester 1

ECJ721
Introduction to Teaching in the Middle Years
(1cp)

EEE721
Youth, Culture and Learning Pathways
(0.75cp)

EEY705
Secondary Placement
10 days
(0.25cp)

Trimester 2

ECJ723
Applied Learning in the Post-Compulsory Education and Training sector
(1cp)

EEJ735
Teachers and Youth Literacy and Numeracy Engagement (0.75cp)

EEY706*
Applied Learning Placement
10 days
(0.25cp)

Year 2

Trimester 1

ECJ722
Applied Learning in the Middle Years
(1cp)

EEJ724
Teaching for Pathways into Tertiary Study
(0.75cp)

EEY707*
Applied Learning Placement 10 days
(0.25cp)

Trimester 2

EXE702
Becoming a Teacher in the 21st Century: The Personal, Professional and Political Challenges
(1cp)

EEE723
Partnership Development for Applied and Vocational Learning Programs
(0.75cp)

EEY708
Secondary Placement
15 days
(0.25cp)

* Applied Learning placements can be undertaken at either Secondary schools or alternate settings i.e. TAFE and ACE, under appropriate supervision by a registered teacher.

Placements

Students are encouraged to undertake their placements in at least two different school/post compulsory provider settings (EEY705, EEY706, EEY707, and EEY708) and placements can typically be undertaken as a combination of 20 days and 25 days.

At least 25 days of the Professional Experience placements must be undertaken in a secondary school under the supervision of a registered teacher.

Although some flexibility is possible, placements must be 10 days or more (over consecutive weeks) and must be undertaken in FULL days, half days are not acceptable. The minimum requirement for a placement is 2 days per week and anything less than 3 days per week must be approved by the Course Director.Students completing theirfinal placement must undertake at least 15 days

in the final setting and be able to demonstrate their readiness to work as an independent teacher during this placement.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Student teachers on ALTE placement will be assessed through their work-based learning and integrated assessment activities according to the following criteria:

Personal Qualities

  • punctuality and reliability
  • participation in out-of-class activities
  • willingness to listen and respond to advice
  • dress and grooming.

Lesson Planning

  • quality of written lesson plans
  • appropriateness of lesson content
  • preparation and organisation of curriculum resources/teaching aids
  • ability to plan a sequence of lessons.

Professional Knowledge

  • knowledge of how students' learn and effective teaching strategies that draw on this knowledge
  • knowledge of factors influencing students' learning, including individual learning preferences, socio-cultural and religious backgrounds and middle and later years influences
  • knowledge of how to build on students' prior learning and life experiences
  • knowledge of how effective classroom management can be achieved through active and applied learning strategies
  • knowledge and skills in the use of classroom material and learning resources
  • knowledge and understanding of relevant content areas and specific skills required to teach these areas in a way that draws on active and applied learning strategies
  • knowledge of relevant resources, teaching strategies and learning technologies available for specific content areas and generally
  • knowledge and use of relevant curriculum policies, statements and materials associated with teaching
  • knowledge and skills required to relate to and communicate with students effectively and professionally.

Professional Practice

  • knowledge and skills in the planning and preparation of classes and active learning activities, with realistic and
  • achievable goals, well-suited to the individual learning needs of Students
  • skills required for the effective communication of learning activities to be undertaken by students
  • knowledge and skills in planning effective assessment strategies that provides both formative and summative feedback for students
  • knowledge and skills in the development and maintenance of a positive and suitably challenging learning environment that encourages students to become effective learners for the future
  • skills in the establishment of a safe learning environment for all students through the use of consistent and clearly communicated behavioural expectations for students and consideration of specific OH&S requirements
  • skills in the use of group activities and classroom discussion to engage students in the exploration of ideas and construction of new learning
  • ability to be innovative and enterprising in planning learning activities, including planning for flexibility and contingency
  • ability to give clear and accurate instructions and explanations to students as individuals and as a group
  • skills in the effective use of voice and body language strategies to establish a suitable learning atmosphere
  • suitable use of question and answer techniques to encourage deeper learning.

Professional Engagement

  • knowledge and skills required to contribute to the collaborative development of learning activities and broader
  • objectives of the school community
  • knowledge of professional bodies and agencies that support the professional practice of specific teaching areas and teaching more generally
  • knowledge of local learning networks and youth agencies that support applied learning in a range of educational settings
  • organisational and personal management skills required to be an effective educator
  • knowledge and engagement in contemporary issues related to youth, learning and teaching more generally
  • ability to engage in discussions and reflect critically on professional knowledge and practice in a way that will promote self improvement
  • understanding of the legal responsibilities required of teachers and knowledge of how to fulfil these responsibilities.

Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary)


Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary)

Please note this course will not be offered from 2015.

This section contains information about the Professional Experience (also referred to as the practicum placement, school experience or teaching round) to be undertaken by students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary) degree on the Geelong campus in 2012.

Professional Experience is an integral part of your course and you will be required to satisfactorily complete the Professional Experience requirements of the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary). You are expected to complete a minimum of 45 days of Professional Experience over the period of your course.

Due to the embedding of the Professional Standards of Teachers within the course structure, your Professional Experience will be more intense and reflect the principles of the standards. There will be an expectation by both the school and the university that your experience will be strongly grounded in teachers' practice, and also in the broader communities of practice which operate within schools.

The organisation of Professional Experience for the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary) is the responsibility of Dr Coral Campbell, Course Coordinator and the Professional Experience Officer. The Professional Experience Officer has the responsibility of placing students in schools each round and maintaining records of their progress. When arranging placements the Professional Experience Officer. takes into consideration the need for every student to experience different schools and a range of grade levels. It is a large and complex task. Students are normally placed in schools which have agreed to take Deakin students. We ask you not to approach the Professional Experience Officer seeking special placements.

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Note: For further information in regards to Professional Experience Guidelines and Policies please click on the following link: Guidelines and Policies

Contacts

Glenn Brown - Professional Experience Office

Dr Coral Campbell - Academic Coordinator

Course Structure

The following table illustrates the structure of your course and Professional Experience requirements:

Trimester3

EEC710
Creating Challenging Learning
Environments: Engaging Students (1cp)

EEO731
Individuals and Social Contexts: The Humanities (1cp)

EEM741
Planning and Assessing Effective
Learning: Mathematics (1cp)

EEL745
Students' Learning of Language and Literacy (1cp)

EEH715
Effective Teaching and Learning: Health and Physical Education (1cp)

3 days in schools (Observation)

Trimester1

EES734
Planning and Assessing Effective Learning: Science and Technology (0.75cp)

EEC711
The Teacher as Professional Educator (0.75cp)

EEP704*
Professional Experience 1 (0.25cp)

EEP705*
Professional Experience 2 (0.25cp)

EEP706*
Professional Experience 3 (0.25cp)

EEA710
Individuals and Social Contexts: The Arts (0.75cp)


* School based units plus tutorials, contributing to trimester minimum of 45 days Professional Experience.

Summary of Requirements

45 days of Professional Experience during the course. It is expected that students will attend staff, faculty, curriculum and other meetings as part of their practicum and will participate fully in the life of the school.

ProfessionalExperience

Student Planning

Teaching and other roles

Teacher Expectations

School One Placement
(20 days)
EEP704 & EEP705 (half)

In the first few days, students would be expected to observe and work with small groups of students. Lesson plans will be written for individual lessons until the student is teaching more that 3 hours each day.

Between days 6-15, students should be teaching 1-2 varied lessons each day as well as sequences across a week. In the final week, students would be expected to teach up to a half day.

Involvement in other school activities. Assist with organisation and planning of other school events.

Teacher to complete a mid- round review on day 11 and a final-round review on day 20.

School Two Placement
(25 days)
EEP705 (half) & EEP706

This round consolidates planning around whole class experiences and using appropriate work program formats.

Teaching builds from half days in the first few weeks to 10 days continuous full control in the last few weeks.

Involvement of student in other activities, taking on leadership or team role.

Teacher to complete mid-round review on day 11 and final- round review on the 25th day.

For currently enrolled Deakin students see the official Deakin University Handbook 2014 for detailed unit guidelines and expectations
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