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Secondary Professional Experience Program
The Western Sydney University Secondary Professional Experience Program is integral to the preparation of future teachers enrolled in the Master of Teaching (Secondary). Our induction of Pre-service Secondary Teachers into the profession is undertaken through 60 days of supervised practicum within the units Secondary Professional Practice 1 and Secondary Professional Practice 2 . During this induction the School of Education and partner schools work collaboratively to develop Pre-service Secondary Teachers' skills that enable them to demonstrate the attainment of Graduate Teaching Standards.
Pre-service Secondary Teachers initially engage with their placement school through an induction day during which they orient themselves to their placement. They engage in structured learning experiences with the goal of understanding the learning environment and key stakeholders with whom they will interact. Following this orientation, Mentor teachers undertake the day-to-day development of Pre-service Secondary Teachers and are supported in this role by the University Advisors who also work closely with the Pre-service Secondary Teachers helping them to articulate and realise the goals of the professional experience.
Throughout Secondary Professional Practice 1 and Secondary Professional Practice 2 Pre-service Secondary Teachers develop knowledge and skills that are assessed by the Mentor teachers against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and reported on formally. By the conclusion of the second period of Professional Experience Pre-service Secondary Teachers would have demonstrated competence against the seven standards of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and upon completion of the Master of Teaching (Secondary) can apply for accreditation as a Graduate Teacher in New South Wales as well as other states of Australia.
For more information on the Professional Teaching Standards, please see the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) . Further information about the Secondary Program of Professional Experience can be obtained from the Secondary Professional Experience Handbook and Professional Experience Protocols booklets. The booklets can be accessed through the links below.