School Counselling PE UoS details

Preservice school counsellors are required to complete Professional Experience placements that are integrated with Professional Experience units taught at the University.

Because the MTeach (School Counselling) is also designed to produce school counsellors who are also qualified to teach in one area of the secondary-school curriculum, all candidates undertake two blocks of Professional Experience – but not an internship – in their curriculum subject area.


Curriculum area Professional Experiences

Professional Experiences 1 (EDMT5503)

Preservice school counsellors enrolled in the Master of Teaching (School Counselling) undertake the first 20 days Professional Experience in their secondary-teaching curriculum area in Semester One, Year 2. During the placement, preservice school counsellors are assigned to one or more supervising teachers and will be responsible for teaching one or more class groups for an average of 10 lessons a week – either individually or with a preservice partner – from the second week to the end of the placement. By the end of the Professional Experience, each preservice school counsellor should be in charge of teaching at least three class groups in their curriculum area and should be able to demonstrate comprehensive lesson-planning skills (including planning for sequential sessions); skill in assessment and evaluation; and participation in whole-school activities. The supervising teacher/s will closely support the work of the preservice school counsellor within the school and, in discussion with the tertiary mentor, will be responsible for writing the report on the Professional Experience that will form the basis of the assessment in the enrolled unit of study. Assessment is aligned with the appropriate AITSL Professional Teaching Standards for the Graduate Teacher.

Professional Experiences 2 (EDMT6501)

Preservice school counsellors enrolled in the Master of Teaching (Secondary) undertake the final 20 days Professional Experience in their secondary-teaching curriculum area in Semester Two, Year 2. During the placement, preservice school counsellors are assigned to one or more supervising teachers and will be responsible for teaching one or more classes for a total of between 12 and 16 lesson periods a week. By the second week of the placement, each preservice school counsellor should be in charge of teaching at least three class groups in their curriculum area, and should be able to demonstrate comprehensive lesson-planning skills (including planning for sequential sessions); skill in assessment and evaluation; and participation in whole-school activities. Supervising teacher/s will closely support the work of the preservice school counsellor within the school and, in discussion with the tertiary mentor, will be responsible for writing the report on the Professional Experience that will form the basis of the assessment in the enrolled unit of study. Assessment is aligned with the appropriate AITSL Professional Teaching Standards for the Graduate Teacher.




School Counselling Professional Experience

School Psychology Practicum (EDMT5009)

This unit is designed to consolidate and build on skills learned in School Psychology 1 and 2, and Professional Studies (Psychology) 1 and 2. The practicum comprises supervised practice for 20 days in school settings with a supervising school counsellor, who is the field supervisor, and external supervision provided by a tertiary mentor from the University staff. Detailed breakdowns of the possible content of the outcome areas, a letter, a summary of requirements and an evaluation form should all be provided to preservice counsellors, field and tertiary supervisors. There will be one preparatory and several regular briefing seminars to enable preservice school counsellors to reflect on and self evaluate their practical experience. Supervision of test administration/interview by a school counsellor and /or university staff will also be a component of the delivery of this unit. Preservice school counsellors will complete a case study in the area of behaviour/mental health issues with an appropriate child and with permission of the student and/or their parents. Preservice school counsellors will begin to develop a psychology portfolio of activity sheets, resources, reports, protocols and similar items. Assessment of the outcomes will be based on the expert judgements by supervising school counsellor and tertiary mentor in discussion with the preservice school counsellor. Daily activity sheets will be filled in and signed by the supervising school counsellor, confirming both attendance and completion of a range of activities. Preservice school counsellors will begin to develop a psychology portfolio covering the final performance outcomes due at the end of the program.