EDFE14021 - Professional Practice 4 - Engaged Teaching and Learning

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Professional Practice 4 provides you with opportunities for full immersion in all aspects of professional practice and critical reflection during your final supervised professional experience. You will undertake 30 days professional experience comprising five one day visits to prepare you for the continuous five week (25 day) teaching block in a classroom environment. Embedded in this unit is the Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment (GTPA), a culminating authentic assessment designed to enable you to demonstrate achievement of the professional standards and provide confirmation of your readiness for classroom practice. Your response to this task will be a reflection of your teaching practice including the elements of teaching, planning, assessing and reflecting through demonstrating your ability to use data to improve learning and teaching by aligning curriculum, pedagogy and assessment taking into consideration school contexts and learner diversity. The block placement culminates in the completion of the Final Professional Experience Recommendation form through measuring the standard that has been achieved by you through comparing it against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career Stage). Achieving the Graduate Career Stage illustrates your readiness to enter the workplace. You must pass all assessment tasks to pass this unit.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites:- Students must have completed all coursework with the exception of EDED14354 and EDFE14020.

Pre-requisite: Students must successfully complete both the Literacy and Numeracy components of the Literacy and Numeracy Tests for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) to be eligible for PP4.

In addition, this unit has co-requisites. Students must be enrolled in both EDED14354 and EDFE14020 in the same term of study as this unit. For students in the Catholic Education strand the units of EDCU13021 and EDFE13034.

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2020

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Mixed Mode
Term 3 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 3 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode

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. Professional Practice Placement 0%
2. Written Assessment 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 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.1 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 15.7% 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 evaluation
The Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment to be scaffolded further.
Reorganise GTPA resources and information.
Action Taken
The GTPA was scaffolded, new resources created and the Moodle site re-organised.
Source: Student feedback
Further scaffolding of the GTPA
Further development of resources to unpack the GTPA.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Perform the role of a professional educator by creating and managing a supportive learning environment and using well-planned lesson sequences and effective teaching strategies to promote student engagement and learning
  2. Identify opportunities for students to purposefully and safely use ICTs to access, construct and communicate knowledge beyond the immediate environment
  3. Critically reflect on teaching practice, assessment data and information about students to create and implement inclusive learning experiences that cater for the needs of all students
  4. Maintain detailed records that monitor student learning outcomes and meet system reporting requirements
  5. Seek and apply constructive feedback to improve professional practice and student learning outcomes
  6. Reflect on professional standards and codes of ethics and conduct for the profession to determine personal learning goals.

Assessment in this unit is consistent with the Professional Experience Reporting Framework in Queensland. Pre-service teachers demonstrate the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career Stage) during the placement for this unit. Additionally pre-service teachers will complete the written component of the Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment task based on their planning and teaching during the placement, which is explicitly aligned with the Professional Experience Reporting Framework.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Professional Practice Placement
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
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 - Professional Practice Placement
2 - Written Assessment