Faculty of Education

University Expectations

You should allow 10 hours of focused study a week per unit. If you choose to enrol in four units (full time), be aware that this means you will need to devote 40 hours per week to study. Time management is the single biggest factor that will make the difference between success or failure in your study.

Students are expected to participate actively and positively in the teaching/ learning environment. You must attend classes when and as required, strive to maintain steady progress within the subject or unit framework, comply with workload expectations, and submit required work on time.

If you choose not to engage in your units and meet the conditions specified in your unit outlines, The Head of School may exclude you from one or more of the assessments, including exams.

Within both the Faculty and the wider University, there are many support options available to you. Many students require additional support with the academic component of University study, particularly in the early stages of their degree. If you are finding it challenging to keep up with the requirements, please contact your Lecturer or Unit Coordinator, who will assist you to access support and can provide advice on the specific areas you should focus on. You can also contact the Faculty Student Advisor and access Student Learning Resources online or in person via the Student Services and Information Centre.

Seeking timely support is paramount. It is never too early or too late to seek support.

If you are experiencing difficulty with your study for a health-related reason (physical health or mental health) you may be eligible for a Learning Access Plan (LAP) For detailed information see LAPs.

Student responsibilities

  • New LAPs must be sent to each of your unit coordinators and your tutors within ten days of the LAP being finalised.
  • Current Permanent or Temporary LAPs must be received by unit coordinators and tutors by the end of week 2 of each semester.

If you do not fulfil these requirements, conditions outlined on the LAP will not apply. You are strongly encouraged to have a conversation with your tutors about the LAP and implications for your learning and engagement in the unit.

Please Note:

  • Having a LAP does not mean an extension on assessment tasks will automatically be granted. Extensions must be requested and negotiated with the unit coordinator. Documentary evidence for LAP conditions will not be required.
  • You must ensure that you are clear about the conditions outlined in the LAP and make these conditions clear to your tutors. Special considerations will not be allowed for conditions that are not covered by the LAP. If you need clarification of the conditions, please contact Disability Services.

The University of Tasmania is committed to high standards of professional conduct in all activities, and holds its commitment and responsibilities to its students of paramount importance. Consequently, the University has developed a Code of Conduct for Teaching and Learning [PDF 33KB] which encompasses the professional conduct of both staff and students.

All teaching jurisdictions throughout Australia also provide documents relating to Codes of Conduct for teachers. In 2006, the Tasmanian Teachers Registration Board published their Code of Professional Ethics [PDF 101KB] for the Teaching Profession in Tasmania, outlining the commitments, practices and aspirations that underpin the teaching profession in the state.

The Faculty of Education also holds high expectations of students, in terms of professional conduct, as they pursue their studies within the special environment the University offers. You are expected to be familiar with these documents and encouraged to conduct yourself in a manner which is based upon these principles.

The Faculty of Education Expectations of Professional Conduct [PDF 367KB] details the behavioural expectations of students. It builds upon both of the documents referred to above.

As part of your course, it is likely that you will be exposed to a range of situations that require a high level of discretion and confidentiality. This is the case for all of your interactions as a student and you should ensure your comments do not identify specific individuals or organisations. There have been particular concerns in the past in formal, class-based debriefing or discussions relating to Professional Experience.

Where comments are made relating to specific individuals or organisations these should not be repeated outside of the discussion or debriefing sessions. In cases where you need to discuss further any issues that relate to specific individuals or organisations, you should do so with a member of academic staff.

The Faculty of Education Inherent Requirements (IRs), outline the fundamental capabilities, knowledge and skills required to undertake an Initial Teacher Education Course and successfully complete the Professional Experience Placements. The IRs are linked to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) , which must be met in order to graduate.

The IRs are intended to inform you of the attributes fundamental to (but is not intended to exclude you from) studying an Initial Teacher Education Course. Specific accommodations can be made where appropriate. However, these accommodations must not diminish your capacity to demonstrate alignment with the APST. If you have a disability, health and/ or psychological condition, it is strongly recommended that you carefully study the APST in conjunction with the Faculty of Education Inherent Requirements document.

If you are concerned about your capacity to meet the inherent requirements of studying an Initial Teacher Education Course, please contact your Lecturer or Unit Coordinator for further information and support options.

Please note disability-specific accommodations must be discussed with a University Disability Advisor or a Student Advisor.

Please see the university policy [PDF 205KB] outlining rights and responsibilities in relation to having children on campus (including in lecture theatres and in tutorials).

The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) provides national leadership for the Australian, State and Territory Governments in promoting excellence in the profession of teaching and school leadership. Its Statement of Intent, released in November 2014, refines and outlines the institute's mission, aspirations, ways of working, noting that:

Initial teacher education is the foundation for successful teaching careers. High quality initial teacher education programs focus on the outcomes to be achieved by graduates, have strong assessment of these outcomes, and make clear links between theory and practice. Accreditation of initial teacher education should focus on evidence of the quality of graduates, including their impact on student learning.

The University of Tasmania, and in particular the Faculty of Education, work very closely with AITSL in the promotion and implementation of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) within our Initial Teacher Education Courses.

The seven Standards outline what teachers should know and be able to do; they are interconnected, interdependent and overlapping. The focus areas and descriptors identify the components of quality teaching at each career stage and constitute the agreed characteristics of the complex process of teaching.

During your course you will develop a portfolio inclusive of evidence against the Standards and you are strongly encouraged to become familiar with them. Further information regarding the portfolio development is available from your Lecturer or Unit Coordinator.

The Australian Curriculum sets consistent national standards to improve learning outcomes for all young Australians. It sets out, through content descriptions and achievement standards, what students should be taught and achieved, as they progress through school. It is the base for future learning, growth and active participation in the Australian community. ACARA develops the Australian Curriculum through rigorous, consultative national processes.

The Australian Curriculum has eight learning areas, with some learning areas including more than one subject:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Humanities and Social Sciences including History, Geography, Economics and Business and Civics and Citizenship.
  • The Arts including Dance, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts.
  • Technologies including Design and Technologies and Digital Technologies.
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Languages including: Chinese (three pathways), Italian, Indonesian, French, Arabic, German, Japanese, Korean, Modern Greek, Spanish, Vietnamese and the Framework for Aboriginal Languages and Torres Strait Islander Languages.
  • Work Studies (years 9 and 10 only).

At the time of writing (September, 2015), the curriculum areas of English, Math, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences (excluding Economics and Business) and The Arts had been endorsed. The Framework for Aboriginal Languages and Torres Strait Islander Languages was under development, with the remaining areas awaiting final endorsement, but with the curriculum available for state and territory use as determined by the relevant authorities. Further information is available at the Australian Curriculum Overview or via the Tasmanian Department of Education for specific state curricula requirements.

General Capabilities

The Australian Curriculum pays explicit attention to how seven general capabilities and three cross-curriculum priorities contribute to, and can be developed through each learning area. Those general capabilities are depicted in Figure 1.

The general capabilities are addressed explicitly in the content of the learning areas. They play a significant role in realising the goals set out in the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (MCEETYA 2008) – that all young people in Australia should be supported to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens.

The Australian Curriculum also focuses on three cross-curriculum priorities: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia, and sustainability.

Viewing the curriculum online

The Australian Curriculum is published online to provide maximum flexibility in how the curriculum can be accessed and organised. For more information, refer to the Australian Curriculum website and the website user guide.

For information on referencing the Australian Curriculum, please see Referencing the Australian Curriculum, under Learning Support and Resources.

Given the flexibility of viewing the Australian Curriculum online, there have been challenges in establishing a consistent referencing standard for students. A further challenge, is that few individual pages online have dates ascribed to them, but of course 'n.d.' is inappropriate in assessment submissions.

In order to determine the date of the curriculum in its entirety and to appropriately reference it, follow these steps prior to submitting each assignment:

  • 1. Go to: Australian Curriculum Download page
  • 2. Click on the components you want to download into a complete document e.g. Science; all year levels; all curriculum elements; all curriculum dimensions and click on either Download PDF or Download Word (the latter document makes it easier to cut and paste bits if required).
  • 3. You will see down the bottom of the downloaded document, the following information; Curriculum Version: Version 7.5 and Dated: Friday, 15 May, 2015.
  • 4. The version number and date of publication will potentially change several times a year and so you should download the most recent version prior to referencing the curriculum in any of your assignments.

Hence the correct referencing is:

  • Reference list (remembering to include the hanging indent)

    Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority. (2015, May 15). The Australian Curriculum: Science (Version 7.5), [Note your parameters for the report you downloaded]. Retrieved from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/download/f10

    For example:

    Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority. (2015, March 30). The Australian Curriculum: Science (Version 7.5), Year 3, all curriculum elements, all curriculum dimensions. Retrieved from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/download/f10

  • In-text citation (if not quoting, first time cited)

    XXXXXXXXXX (Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA], 2015).

  • In-text citation (if quoting, first time cited)

    "XXXXXXXXXX" (Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA], 2015, page or paragraph number).

Please Note that the full citation is only required for the first time it is used in your writing. Subsequent citations can be simplified to (ACARA, 2015) if you're not quoting or (ACARA, 2015, page or paragraph number) if you are quoting.

Please contact your Lecturer or Unit Coordinator if you require clarification on the above requirements.