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EDFE13034 - Internship - Engagement with Catholic School Communities

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, Interns in Catholic school settings participate in all aspects of teaching, learning and engagement with the school community during a sustained period of professional practice. You will take an active role in all aspects of the professional work of teachers while enhancing your religious literacy and understanding of both the knowledge components of the Catholic religion and its living components (or “practice”) within broader Catholic communities. In your role as an intern, you will collect evidence of your understanding of, and engagement with, the people, places, resources and language of Religious Education in contemporary Catholic school settings. You will develop a personal professional philosophy that expresses an understanding of your role in Catholic schools as places of learning and your responsibilities for engagement with faith communities that value and practice social justice principles as a way of expressing and living out Christian beliefs. The internship is designed as a guided partnership between you (the intern) and a mentor teacher. This placement supports your transition from pre-service teacher to an autonomous, collaborative, reflective educator who can consistently demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions described in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career Stage) and a secure understanding of the roles and responsibilities of teachers in the Catholic Education system.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites Students enrol in this unit concurrently with EDFE14021 to complete the block placements over a continuous 10 week period.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Term 2 - 2022 Profile

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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate 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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 0%
2. Professional Practice Placement 0%
3. Portfolio 0%

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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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 7.69% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student evaluations
A review of requirements prior to the start of the internship would be beneficial
An additional zoom session will be scheduled in the week prior to the internship.
Action Taken
Additional sessions were conducted prior to the submission of the final assessment task.
Source: Student emails
The portfolio is useful for consolidation of the Catholic strand content
Retain portfolio assessment of Catholic Education content.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Interpret and evaluate local documents and different approaches to teaching religion in contemporary Catholic schools
  2. Engage in the teacher’s professional role to reflect on the relationships, roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders in defining the nature and purpose of religious education in Catholic schools
  3. Participate in professional teams to contribute to effective teaching, positive learning environments and improved student outcomes
  4. Reflect on practice to validate a personal professional philosophy of teaching and identify goals for ongoing professional learning
  5. Produce evidence demonstrating impact of teaching practice on student learning outcomes in the form of an e-portfolio that addresses all focus areas of the Standards.

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 ePortfolio as evidence of meeting these standards.In addition, this unit meets the curriculum requirements for accreditation to teach and, to teach religious education in Catholic schools.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Professional Practice Placement
3 - Portfolio