Details for Professional Experience A, B & C

This subject affords the pre-service teacher a wide range of opportunities to practice their developing skills and techniques in controlled real-life settings under the support of full time school mentors.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: EDU500
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Jim Twelves


The following courses are prerequisites:

Part A is intended to preceed Part B and Part B preceed Part C.

Awards offering Professional Experience A, B & C

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

This subject affords the pre-service teacher a wide range of opportunities to practice their developing skills and techniques in controlled real-life settings under the support of full time school mentors. The students develop their planning, relational and evaluation skills within the setting of professional teams of communities of practice. Above all they learn effective behaviour management techniques while observing the performance of professional teacher’s in their own contexts and they experience how their personal worldview impacts every aspect of their life and work in education.

Note: Enrolment in each part is sequential and each part takes one semester to complete


  1. Critically analyse the key elements that promote positive teacher-student relationships;
  2. Plan, program, implement and evaluate authentic learning experiences for student learning needs in a diverse range of teaching and learning contexts;
  3. Evaluate a variety of assessment and record keeping procedures;
  4. Critically appraise, in a Christian or alternate school context, a range of behaviour management techniques for the classroom;
  5. Support teams work within the school communities of practice;
  6. Discriminate by observation and critical reflection the practices of Christian educators.

Subject Content

  1. Becoming a reflective practitioner: apply the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers to identify any professional earning needs; critically analysing core beliefs, assumptions and expectations; reflective tools; participation in communities of practice and preparation for the Observation Journal and Professional Portfolio.
  2. Classroom and Behaviour Management: comparison of a variety of theories with biblical approaches; teacher-student relationships; verbal and non-verbal communication strategies; anger management, anti-bullying strategies, child protection training (Association of Independent Schools, NSW) and knowledge of current legislation, peer mediation; classroom organisation, desk layout and physical environment.
  3. Administration: the Pre-service Teacher (PST) learns the use of curriculum, assessment and reporting knowledge to design learning sequences and lessons plans; planning, programming, documentation, templates and record keeping, school policies and procedures; getting organised; extra curricula involvement; excursions and incursions.

This course may be offered in the following formats

One PD Day per Semester over three semesters plus 60 days Professional Experience: 10 days Observational Visits (1-2 days each); 10 days Initial; 20 days Minor; and 20 days Major. Fast tracking may occur with Part A and Part B in the same Semester, or Part B and Part C in the same Semester.

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  1. Part A: Performance Review (10%) - Semester A
  2. Part B: Performance Evaluation (30%) - Semester B
  3. Part C: Performance Evaluation (60%) - Semester C

Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) (required and assessed as a Passing grade)

The TPA is conducted within the final professional experience (EDU500C). The TPA reflects the elements of planning, teaching, assessing and reflecting. Each section is equally weighted (25%) and is deemed to be reflective of the TES’s classroom teaching practice. It assesses 31* out of the 37* of the Australian Professional Standards at GTSD level (*depending on context) which have been mapped across the four elements of the TPA.

Each of the TPA tasks will be grades as Exceeds Expectations, Demonstrated or Not Demonstrated except for the lesson observation in Section 2 which is graded by the TS as Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory. Each element of the TPA must be passed for the TES to meet the criteria for the TPA. The TPA will be graded overall as either a Pass or Fail. All TES must successfully complete the TPA as a requirement for graduation.

Prescribed Text

  • References will include the most current curriculum requirements for schools.

Check with the instructor each semester before purchasing any prescribed texts or representative references