EPT460 Professional Experience 1: Secondary Context (8)

This subject will enable teacher education students to integrate their knowledge and skills as emerging professionals as they prepare for and complete a 25 day professional experience placement. This experience will provide teacher education students with an opportunity to observe, discuss, undertake, and reflect on the work of secondary school teachers. In preparation for the placement, this subject will explore the professional communication skills required for fostering positive educational partnerships with young people and families within local communities.

The placement is designed so that opportunities for collaboration and feedback are scheduled on a regular basis, with supervising teachers and the teacher education student discussing lesson planning, classroom management, and teaching practice. This feedback is designed to be formative and details about progress should be discussed at the middle and end of the placement. The final placement report then forms one of the summative tasks within this subject. The development of a portfolio provides evidence of the student's commitment to, and progression in developing competence in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EPT460. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Teacher Education

Enrolment Restrictions

The first placement subject should not be enrolled in before the eighth subject studied in the course. On commencing the first placement, students should have completed a minimum of the first four subjects in the course and be in enrolled in three other subjects in the same session as EPT460.

Student will have completed EMA441 or EMH441 or EML441 or EML443 or EML445 or EMM441 or EMR441 or EMS441 or EMT410 or EMT441 or EMT443 or EMT447 or ETL401 prior to completing this subject.

This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary), the Bachelor of Educational Studies and the Master of Teaching (Secondary).

This subject is not available to students who have completed EPT441.


( EED422 or EED413 or EED504 ) and ( EMA441 or EMH441 or EML443 or EML451 or EMM441 or EMR441 or EMS441 or EMT410 or EMT441 or EMT443 or EMT447 or ETL401 )

Subject Relationships

EMM441 Pre-requisite
EMA441 Pre-requisite
EED504 Pre-requisite
EMT410 Pre-requisite
EMT443 Pre-requisite
ETL401 Pre-requisite
EED442 Pre-requisite
EMT447 Pre-requisite
EPT441 Shares similar content
EMT441 Pre-requisite
EMH441 Pre-requisite
EML441 Pre-requisite
EED413 Pre-requisite
EML443 Pre-requisite
EMR441 Pre-requisite
EMS441 Pre-requisite

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate quality communication skills essential for managing student learning, learning environments and professional relationships;
  • be able to demonstrate their developing awareness of a range of effective teaching strategies to cater for the diverse needs of adolescent learners;
  • be able to plan, implement and assess student learning in a sequence of lessons that will cater for students' learning needs;
  • be able to successfully complete an professional experience placement of up to 25 days (as required for accreditation and approved by the Course Director);
  • be able to critically reflect on their development as a teacher and establish learning goals for professional experience placements;
  • be able to establish a framework for the development of a teaching/learning portfolio; and
  • be able to demonstrate progress towards achieving the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The collaborative nature of teacher's work
  • The complex and diverse nature of school and educational settings
  • Lesson planning using quality teaching pedagogical and assessment frameworks
  • Professional communication skills
  • Reflective practice and portfolio development
  • Ethical practice and professional responsibilities
  • Placement requirements and expectations
  • Managing learning environments including risk management
  • Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 25 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

This subject will involve 25 days of supervised professional experience in a secondary school setting as required for accreditation.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: October 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.