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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Professional Preparation and Practice 4
Module Code ED4950
School 78
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Marie Conroy Johnson
Semester 2: Marie Conroy Johnson
Autumn: Marie Conroy Johnson
Module TeachersMarie Conroy Johnson
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 30
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination
See BREd programme specific regulations

There are two school placement periods during fourth year: Period 1: Two-week Home Based Teaching Placement Period 2: Final four-week school placement in an allocated post-primary school (Further details of 4th year School Placement can be found in The Student Teacher School Placement Handbook, 2013-2014. It is each student teacher's responsibility to read and be familiar with the Student Teacher School Placement Handbook.

Learning Outcomes

1. To understand educational theory and practice and in particular the interaction between their academic subjects and teaching.
2. To plan, evaluate and implement an imaginative scheme of work including a suitable body of resources for particular class groups in both Religious Education and the elective subject.
3. Demonstrate appropriate core teacher skills as set out in the student teacher's Skills Progression Path (see The Student Teacher School Placement Handbook).
4. Demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of current pedagogical methods at second level education, with particular focus on Religious Education and the elective subject.
5. To use and be able to modify specific teaching skills and a variety of learning tools at second level, and to engage in guided research related to their professional activity.
6. To adapt the interpretative and analytical skills that they have acquired in the elective subject to teaching and to a variety of career paths and research options.
7. To begin to express a coherent, person-centred philosophy of life, in the classroom and beyond, reflecting a generous respect for young people from a variety of social, economic, cultural and religious backgrounds.
8. To develop further the skills they have acquired so as to be able both to engage in research and to perform responsibly and accountably in the teaching profession or related work environments.
9. To develop the skills of reflective practice.
10. To know and understand current legislation with regard to the protection of children and vulnerable adults.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Independent Study5Preparation of Schemes of Work
Assessment Feedback10Assessment feedback from Teaching Practice Supervisors
Independent Study5Reflective Practice
Portfolio Preparation10Teaching Practice Portfolio
Independent Study15Lesson planning and resource preparation
Professional Practice80No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities


Child Protection Policy and the Post-Primary School

Supportive consultation with internal staff

Initial school visit in November to assigned school placement

Context and engagement week in August/September

Preparation of initial schemes of work for each class group for both Religious Education and the elective subject

Consultation with School Placement Tutors regarding schemes of work

Resource preparation and lesson planning and delivery using a variety of approved methodologies / strategies

School Placement

Appraising supervised lessons with two assigned School Placement Tutors (Religious Education and Elective subject)

Reflective Practice

Planning and preparation and submission of portfolio for inspection following teaching placement

Classroom Observation

Skill set A to F of Student Teacher Skills Progression Path (see The Student Teacher School Placement Handbook)

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Performance evaluationSchool Placement100%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 2
Indicative Reading List

    Other Resources

    Programme or List of Programmes
    BREBachelor of Religious Education &English
    BREDEBachelor of Religious Education &English
    BREDHBachelor of Religious Education &History
    BREDMBachelor of Religious Education & Music
    BRHBachelor of Religious Education &History
    BRMBachelor of Religious Education & Music

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