EDFE20037 - Professional Praxis 4: Internship
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This is the final in-school placement for Master of Teaching pre-service teachers. This unit includes a 20 day internship in a school under the supervision of a mentor teacher. Set tasks for this Professional Praxis unit are outlined in the Internship Guidelines Booklet supplied to mentor teachers in schools. Pre-service teachers receive an “Internship Authorisation” from the Queensland College of Teachers to be eligible to adopt up to but not exceeding 50% of the mentor teacher’s working load and engage in team teaching with the mentor for the remaining 50%. The Internship provides a period of sustained professional practice during which interns can consolidate the link between theory and practice. Interns will build upon their existing skills, enabling them to become autonomous, reflective, collaborative professionals ready to enter the teaching profession. Interns will develop and demonstrate the professional, ethical and values-based standards and competencies required of beginning teachers. Pre-service teachers submit evidence of meeting the professional standards at graduate career stage to the mentor teacher and university staff through the mentor teacher verifying an evidence statement and pre-service teachers presenting selected aspects of their final e-portfolio to an audience of their peers and other pre-service teachers.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band [not found]
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite EDFE20036 Professional Praxis 3: Engagement with Others

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Professional Practice Placement Pass/Fail
2. Portfolio Pass/Fail

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Participate in professional teams to contribute to effective teaching, positive learning environments and improved student outcomes
  2. Engage in all aspects of the teacher’s professional role to demonstrate the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at graduate career stage
  3. Critically reflect on practice to validate a personal professional philosophy of teaching and identify goals for ongoing professional learning
  4. Produce evidence demonstrating the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers in the form of an e-portfolio

Throughout the internship, all focus areas of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career Stage) which are applicable to the specific context will be demonstrated with evidence. In contexts where specific standards related to students with disability or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds cannot be demonstrated, assessment for relevant coursework should be added to the e-portfolio as evidence of meeting these standards.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Professional Practice Placement
2 - Portfolio      

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Knowledge
2. Communication
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4. Research    
5. Self-management
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7. Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Professional Practice Placement  
2 - Portfolio    

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorRickie Fisher (r.j.fisher@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Contextual Day Visit

(As negotiated with your school - 5 days to be completed between Professional Praxis 3 and Professional Praxis 4)

Week 2 13-03-2017
Week 3 20-03-2017

Contextual Day Visit

(As negotiated with your school - 5 days to be completed between Professional Praxis 3 and Professional Praxis 4)

Week 4 27-03-2017
Week 5 03-04-2017
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Contextual Day Visit

(As negotiated with your school - 5 days to be completed between Professional Praxis 3 and Professional Praxis 4)

Week 7 24-04-2017
Week 8 01-05-2017

Contextual Day Visit

(As negotiated with your school - 5 days to be completed between Professional Praxis 3 and Professional Praxis 4)

Week 9 08-05-2017
Week 10 15-05-2017

Contextual Day Visit

(As negotiated with your school - 5 days to be completed between Professional Praxis 3 and Professional Praxis 4)

Week 11 22-05-2017
Week 12 29-05-2017

Begin 20 day (4 week) Internship

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

EDFE20037 Professional Praxis 4: Internship involves a process of self-regulated professional learning and critical reflection where students make connections between the domains of professional knowledge, professional practice and professional engagement as articulated in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career Stage) and construct evidence for demonstration of these standards in a written reflection and ePortfolio.
PLEASE NOTE: Professional Praxis 4: Internship is conducted in the same Learning Site as Professional Praxis 3. At the conclusion of Professional Praxis 3, Pre-service Teachers complete a series of five ‘Contextual” days to maintain contact with the class they are placed with prior to starting the Internship.

1 Professional Practice Placement

Assessment Title In-School Placement
Task Description

Teaching Internship

The Internship consists of a 4 week (20 days as 5 days per week) teaching period where the Intern assumes responsibility for managing student learning of up to, but not exceeding 50% regular face-to-face teaching of the Mentor Teacher’s class/es.

The Internship is usually conducted in the same classroom the pre-service teacher completed Professional Praxis 3.

The Internship is a guided partnership between an Intern and a Mentor Teacher.

The Internship provides a period of sustained professional practice during which Interns can consolidate the link between theory and practice.

Interns will build upon their existing skills, enabling them to become autonomous, reflective, collaborative professionals ready to enter the teaching profession.

Interns may be required to attend meetings to review their progress during the Internship.

Mentor Teachers will also have the opportunity to attend meetings where possible to discuss the progress of their Interns.

Working Portfolio

Interns are required to keep and maintain a Working Portfolio for the duration of the Internship.

Intern Self-reflective Statement (500- 1000 words) (Intern to complete)

At week 2 of the Internship, the Intern will write and submit to their Mentor Teacher a self-reflection statement that provides evidence of how they have demonstrated appropriate progress towards meeting the Professional Standards.

The focus should be on identifying what the Intern believes are the outcomes for their students and the school community as a result of the actions within demonstrating the Professional Standards.

This self-reflection should be used to direct professional conversations for the remainder of the Internship period between the Intern and their Mentor Teacher.

Mentor Teacher Feedback (Mentor Teacher to complete)

At week 3 of the Internship, the Intern and the Mentor Teacher will meet to discuss the completed self-reflective statement.

The Mentor Teacher will complete the Mentor Teacher Feedback as a result of this conversation.

Completion Statement (Mentor Teacher to complete)

At the end of the Internship, the Mentor Teacher completes the Internship Completion Statement in the Professional Praxis 4 Internship Guidelines booklet.

A printed and signed version of the Intern’s self-reflective statement must be included in the Internship booklet when it is returned to the University at the conclusion of the Internship.

The University Internship Coordinator will review the self-reflection, verification statements from the Mentor Teacher and the ePortfolio before completing the final assessment and grading of the Intern.

Assessment Due Date As per the approved Professional Praxis Calendar.
Return Date to Students The Internship booklet will be returned to students once signed by the University Internship Coordinator.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

Please refer to the Professional Praxis 4 Internship Guidelines booklet.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - To pass the unit, Interns must receive a Pass grade as indicated on the Internship Completion Statement.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

Once the Internship is complete, the Professional Praxis 4 booklet must be returned to the University along with a copy of the Intern's self-reflective statement. Interns must also provide viewing access of their ePortfolio to the Internship Unit Coordinator. This will require the Intern to provide the "Secret URL" of their ePortfolio through the assignment upload function in the Moodle site for this unit..

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Participate in professional teams to contribute to effective teaching, positive learning environments and improved student outcomes

2. Engage in all aspects of the teacher’s professional role to demonstrate the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at graduate career stage

3. Critically reflect on practice to validate a personal professional philosophy of teaching and identify goals for ongoing professional learning

4. Produce evidence demonstrating the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers in the form of an e-portfolio

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership



2 Portfolio

Assessment Title ePortfolio
Task Description

Now that you have completed all placements and coursework, you are at the stage where you can provide the explicit evidence that you have demonstrated the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at Graduate Career Stage.

Therefore, your final task is to prepare your completed ePortfolio with evidence of demonstrating the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at Graduate Career Stage.

This should be the same ePortfolio you have been adding to throughout your program via the Mahara platform.

Your ePortfolio should include 8 "Pages":

Introduction - Who are you and why are you doing this?

Standard 1 - Know students and how they learn

Standard 2 - Know the content and how to teach it

Standard 3 - Plan for and implement effective teaching

Standard 4 - Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments

Standard 5 - Assess and provide feedback and report on student learning

Standard 6 - Engage in professional learning

Standard 7 - Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community

Populate the ePortfolio with evidence from tasks completed during your course that align with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career Stage).

You need to include at least two quality artefacts (evidence) in your ePortfolio per Standard page along with an annotation (no more than 100 words per artefact) which explains how that artefact shows evidence of you demonstrating the Standard.

Share your ePortfolio with your lecturer for viewing through creating a "Secret URL” and uploading it through the link on the Moodle site for Assessment Task 3 (See the Assessment Block).

Assessment Due Date Within one week of the completion of the placement.
Return Date to Students Feedback on this final assessment task will be provided following moderation and prior to the date of certification of grades for the term.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

Ability to select and organise evidence with explicit links to the Professional Standards

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Pass
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Upload the secret URL for the portfolio through the link on the Moodle site for Assessment Task 3 (See the Assessment Block)

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

4. Produce evidence demonstrating the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers in the form of an e-portfolio

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility




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