TEPP320-23A (D) Any Time Start 2023 (Distance)

Professional Practice: Understanding Myself as a Teacher

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 2 January 2023
End Date: Sunday, 31 December 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Students are advised to contact the Faculty of Education, Health and Human Development - Professional Placement Team (professional.practice@canterbury.ac.nz) to confirm a) approval to enrol in an anytime placement and b) start and end dates. The withdrawal dates (both with and without fee refund) is the Friday prior to the placement commencing.


This course is designed to deliver through practical application and first-hand experience in classrooms, the necessary curriculum and pedagogical content required of primary teachers. These experiences enable the student, his/her lecturers and associate teacher to systematically evaluate his/her developing knowledge and skill, identify emergent needs, and to record the student's progress in achieving course learning outcomes.

*Please note this course is only available to initial teacher education students. To enrol in this course you need to be accepted and enrolled in one of our Initial Teacher Education programmes.

Learning Outcomes

  • 1. Use a systematic and reflective teaching as inquiry approach to identify student learning needs, identify student teacher knowledge and skills required to meet these needs, design new learning experiences, engage students in new learning experiences and assess and evaluate the resulting learning outcomes of their students in at least seven areas of learning including English and Mathematics.
    2. Develop constructive and effective contextually appropriate professional relationships with colleagues, parents and pupils.
    3. Assume the role of your Teacher in the classroom for at least 10-12 days. Days should be as consecutive as possible.
    4. Use critical reflection skills to identify professional needs and development, including the use of effective Te Reo me ōna tikanga.
    5. Understand how to effectively evidence professional practice learning - that includes; select appropriate and validated evidence of meeting the criteria within He Poutama; use OneDrive as a repository for practice documentation; apply all required documentation to Professional Practice; complete the Practice Report self-review statements; submit a completed practice report.

    Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): the Friday prior to the placement commencing
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund) – available only through a special consideration application for late discontinuation.


Timetable Note

Course Coordinator

Nikki Tod


Susanna Wilson


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Professional Practice Documentation Final day of PP, by 11.55pm Submission of End of Practice Report - Completed by student teacher, associate teacher and school principal
Professional Practice Documentation 100% 3 weeks( 21 days) following final day of PP, by 5pm Submission of fully completed Final Practice Report. Completed and signed by PPL at the conclusion of the debrief.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Clarke, Shirley; Outstanding formative assessment : culture and practice ; Hodder Education, 2014.

Fraser, Deborah , Hill, Mary; The professional practice of teaching in New Zealand ; 5th edition; Cengage Learning, 2016.

Groundwater-Smith, Susan , Ewing, Robyn, Le Cornu, Rosie; Teaching : challenges & dilemmas ; 5th edition; Cengage Learning Australia, 2015.

Moorfield, John C; Maori dictionary : te aka Māori-English, English-Māori dictionary ; Auckland University of Technology ; Pearson Education New Zealand.

Moorfield, John C; Te kakano ; 2nd ed; Longman, 2001.

Moorfield, John C. , University of Waikato; Te Kakano : pukapuka arahi i te kaiwhakaako ; 2nd ed; Te Whare Wananga o Waikato, 2003.

Morrison, Scotty; Māori made easy : for everyday learners of the Māori language ; Raupo, 2015.

New Zealand; Ka mau te wehi! : an introduction to Te Reo Māori ; Published for the Ministry of Education by CWA New Media, 2007.

New Zealand; Te aho arataki marau mō te ako i te reo Māori - kura auraki = Curriculum guidelines for teaching and learning te reo Māori in English-medium schools: years 1-13 ; Published for the Ministry of Education by Learning Media, 2009.

New Zealand; The New Zealand curriculum ; Learning Media for the Ministry of Education, 2007.

New Zealand. , CWA New Media (Firm), Huia Publishers; He reo tupu, he reo ora : teachers' notes ; Published for the Ministry of Education by CWA New Media and Huia Publishers, 2011.

New Zealand. , New Zealand Teachers Council; Tātaiako : cultural competencies for teachers of Māori learners ; Ministry of Education, 2011.

Recommended Reading

Clarke, Shirley; Formative assessment in action : weaving the elements together ; Hodder Murray, 2005.

Clarke, Shirley. , Timperley, Helen., Hattie, John; Unlocking formative assessment : practical strategies for enhancing students' learning in the primary and intermediate classroom ; N.Z. ed; Hodder Moa Beckett, 2003.

Nation, I. S. P. , Victoria University of Wellington; Language teaching techniques ; Revised 1996; School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, 1996.

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to Regulation J of the General Course and Examination Regulations. Work submitted may be analysed by the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism. Where there is evidence that cheating or plagiarism has occurred students will be awarded an X grade and the matter will be referred to the year level coordinator, and/or the Head of the School of Teacher Education.

Assessment and grading system

Assessment procedures will follow the policies of the Te Kaupeka Ako | Faculty of Education Assessment Guidelines. The final grade will be calculated and reported using the UC Pass / Fail.

An examiner's meeting will be held at the end of the course to confirm final grades and to ensure fairness and consistency.


Students will be expected to conduct at least one pre-placement visit at their allocated school. Full attendance in school for the duration of the practicum, from at least 8.00am - 5.00pm each day, is a requirement.

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. (University of Canterbury Calendar 2021)

Students are expected to attend all scheduled course sessions, actively engage with course content and actively participate in course activities in order to meet the learning outcomes of the course. Students are expected to notify both their Associate Teachers (AT) and Professional Practice Lecturer (PPL) via email and text where appropriate prior to their absence with an explanation. Extended absences must be accompanied by a medical certificate or similar (as for aegrotat provisions).


Formal and informal evaluation will take place in accordance with the relevant Course Evaluation policy, to provide feedback to teaching staff about the relevance  and validity of what has been learned as well as the quality of course delivery.

Grade moderation

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.

Late submission of work

Work handed in after the due date with no extension granted is considered late. Late work will be accepted up to one week after the due date. If, for any reason, you are having difficulty in keeping to the deadline for assignments, you must make contact via email with one of the course lecturers so that we can work with you as to what is possible and reasonable. Marks will be deducted for lateness. Lecturers reserve the right not to mark late work.

Other specific requirements

Tertiary literacy standard

Assignments that do not meet a tertiary literacy standard will be marked but that mark will be sanctioned. The student will be given one opportunity to correct the assignment so that it demonstrates tertiary technical writing skills. These skills include the correct use of spelling (including the appropriate use of macrons when spelling Māori words), sentence structure, punctuation, paragraphing and the appropriate use of APA referencing. The corrected work must be resubmitted within seven calendar days.

Once the work is at an appropriate tertiary literacy standard the sanction on the mark will be removed.

Requests for extensions

Under exceptional circumstances (eg illness, accident, bereavement or critical personal circumstances) individual students may be granted an extension of the due date for an assignment.  There is, however, a limit to the length of time that an extension can be granted and this should be negotiated with the course co-ordinator in the first instance.  Extensions will not normally be given for longer than one week from the due date, unless exceptional circumstances prevail. Extensions are not granted automatically to students. Requests for extensions should be emailed to the course co-ordinator at least two working days prior to the due date for the assignment. Relevant evidence such as a medical certificate or a letter from a counsellor may be required in order for the course co-ordinator to make a decision about whether or not to grant an extension. A copy of the course co-ordinator's email confirming the extension (if granted) and any supporting documentation must be attached to and submitted with the assignment. Extensions will not normally be granted because of pressure of University study, eg several pieces of work being due at the same time. Students are encouraged to plan their work in a realistic manner and in advance so they can meet their assessment deadlines.


Resubmissions are restricted to work that is originally submitted on or before the due date. Late assignments are not normally considered for resubmission unless there are exceptional circumstances. If the student’s assignment work meets most of the criteria required to pass, they may be given the opportunity to resubmit the assignment to bring it to a passing standard. Only one resubmission is possible within the course. Students will have one week from the return of an assignment, to resubmit their work. A resubmitted assignment that meets requirements will be awarded a minimum passing grade. A resubmitted assignment that does not meet the passing standard will be awarded a ‘D’.

Assignment Grading

Assignments are graded according to the UC assessment policy and common grading scale. Aegrotats are not available for this course and the assignments must be completed.

Assessment procedures will follow the policies of the UC College of Education, Health and Human Development Assessment Guidelines. The final grade will be calculated and reported using the UC Pass / Fail.

Students are required to maintain a collection (e-repository) of digital artefacts relating to their practice and learning. An e-repository is a simple collection of items that have been created and collected by students before, during and after their placement. The e-repository is to be made available to their Associate Teacher, Principal and PPL at all times.  The collection of artefacts will be stored digitally in UC cloud storage (e.g. locally hosted OneDrive). Guidelines for setting up and managing a TEPP320 e-repository will be provided prior to placement. Students will use the artefacts within the e-repository to evidence meeting the criteria of He Poutama: Ngā Pae Akoranga for TEPP320.

Special Considerations

Once a placement has started, if for reasons beyond their control, students are prevented from completing a placement 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.

Practice Report

The practice report document will record and evaluate student progress over the duration of the 5 week practice. When completing the report it is essential that they provide evidence of meeting the criteria within each of the four key values of He Poutama: Ngā Pae Akoranga for TEPP320: Kia Matau level.  Evidence of meeting these criteria will be your responsibility and will be documented through the use of the e-repository.  Students will follow guidelines to complete the TEPP320 Kia Matau evidence template.
Providing evidence
Items of practice documentation that must be used as evidence will include;
• planning for learning – learning plans, assessment tasks
• learning plan reflections and evaluations
• written lesson observations and ongoing feedback from the Associate Teacher and UC Mentor
• ākonga work (samples or marked work)

Students will be required to complete the self-reflection on learning on the final report prior to the mid-practice review with their Associate Teacher. During the mid-practice review meeting they will be expected to share the evidence that they have collected so far and discuss how this evidence demonstrates their progress towards meeting He Poutama: Ngā Pae Akoranga for TEPP320.

Final/End of Practice Self Reflection will be in the week 5 critical reflection, plus Kia Matau evidence template.

Confirmation of evidence and final grade recommendation is provided by the PPL at their end of review meeting with the student.

Course Website

As well as attending classes, it is essential that all students regularly access the course Learn site. All course information such as the course kaupapa, notices, assessment information, required and recommended readings, audio recordings of some lectures, and other teaching resources etc. will be available on this site.

Where to submit and collect work

All students are required to submit their completed Practice Report via dropbox on the TEPP321 Learn site.

Normally, assignments will be submitted and returned via the Learn site. It is the responsibility of the students to check their emails at least twice a week and ensure Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system is functioning. Any technical difficulties should be notified well in advance of the due date so that assistance can be provided or alternative arrangements can be negotiated.

For 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)

It is a student’s responsibility to uplift marked work and feedback in a timely manner. It is strongly recommended that students retain a back-up copy of all submitted work. Marks for assignments will be communicated electronically, through Gradebook. Turnitin (plagiarism checking software) may be used to check for plagiarism

Indicative Fees

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.

For further information see School of Teacher Education .

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