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This course and first teaching practice experience provides opportunities for pre-service teachers to enact learning about teaching and demonstrate professional skills, knowledge and dispositions. Pre-service teachers develop practice competence in school contexts, with professional support. Practice experience is focused on understanding and responding to learners, design for learning, establishing a learning-focused culture, fostering professional relationships, enacting principles relating to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and engaging in professional learning. The course and teaching practice experience are closely linked to other courses in the GradDipTchgLn programme, through which opportunities are provided for examination of practice-related challenges and contributions to assignment requirements across the programme.
On successful completion of this course, participants will be able to :1. Demonstrate values and behaviours for teaching in a manner consistent with the teachers’ professional code of responsibility.2. Enact practice that demonstrates commitment to tangata whenuatanga and Te Tiriti o Waitangi partnership in Aotearoa New Zealand.3. Demonstrate practice skills aligned with the professional standards for teaching, in relation to professional learning, maintaining professional relationships, development of learning-focused culture, design for learning and teaching and responding to learners.WITHDRAWAL DATESLast Day to withdraw from this course:Without financial penalty (full fee refund): the Friday prior to the professional practice commencingWithout academic penalty (including no fee refund) – available only through a special consideration application for late discontinuation.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
David Winter - SecondaryAnnette Searle - Primary
Students must pass all assessment requirements to obtain a final passing grade for this course. Final grades will be delivered at an examiners meeting and reported using the UC common grading system.
Honesty and integrity are important qualities for teachers. Students must maintain good character through the programme, including time in university-based study and professional practice in schools. They must act in ways consistent with the UC Student Code of Conduct and the Code of Professional Responsibility for teachers.Also, students need to be familiar with the risks of plagiarism and how to avoid these. Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty. The UC Library has useful information on plagiarism and how to avoid it - see Library link.
Assessment procedures will follow the established policies of the Te Kaupeka Ako | Faculty of Education Assessment Guidelines. Assessment for professional practice placements is competency based. See the ‘Assessment Guidelines for Students’ for further information on grades and criteria.
A student seeking credit in any course must attend such lectures, and perform satisfactorily such oral, practical, written and other work as the Head of Department/School concerned may require.Students are expected to attend all scheduled course sessions, actively engage with course content and actively participate in course activities prior to starting (preparation for PP) and throughout the professional practice in order to meet the learning outcomes for PP. Insufficient preparation and/or lack of attendance in other courses (less than 80%) prior to the practice starting may make students ineligible to undertake the professional practice.Full attendance in an allocated school for the duration of the professional practice, for at least eight hours each day, is a requirement. Please refer to the PP LEARN site for further information. Students will attend a debriefing interview with the PP lecturer after the professional practice has concluded. This interview will be conducted at a University of Canterbury campus or via flexible delivery mechanisms.
Formal and informal evaluation will take place in accordance with the relevant Course Evaluation Policy, to provide feedback to staff about the relevance and validity of what has been learned as well as the quality of course delivery
The courses will be internally moderated in accordance with the processes adopted by the Te Kaupeka Ako | Faculty of Education. An examiners’ meeting will be held at the end of the course to determine the final grades and to ensure fairness and consistency.
Once a professional practice has started, if for reasons beyond their control, students are prevented from completing it or suffer significant impairment, they may apply for what is known as “special consideration”. University of Canterbury Special Consideration provisions for this course will apply only to late discontinuation (withdrawal) from a course.A detailed description of special consideration and materials to support the applications process are available at: Special Considerations Process. This information replaces any previous references to special consideration, Aegrotat or Backdated (Late) Withdrawal in the Course Information System, Learn or Course Outlines. If you are unclear about the implications or process please discuss with your Course Coordinator or contact the Student Advice team for assistance.
Professional practice evidence portfolio (including professional practice reports): Student UC OneDriveFor ICT help call our free call number 0508 UC IT HELP (0508 824 843) or on 03 369 5000. Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm (excluding public and university holidays).
Domestic fee $821.00
International fee $3,750.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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School of Teacher Education