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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2020 - 2021

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

To provide students with an opportunity to develop their understanding of the concept of the teacher as reflective practitioner in a controlled and secure environment. To continue the process of core skill acquisition through the process of guided planning and implementation. To allow students expand their analysis of the potential role to be played by ICT in the development of core teaching competencies. To equip students with the ability to define, create and maintain effective an learning environment. To introduce students to contemporary approaches to positive discipline and effective classroom management. To introduce students to general methods and pedagogy for language teaching To allow students engage in an initial period of guided school based teaching practice. To examine the core values of teaching as outlined by the Teaching Council Codes of Professional Conduct, in terms of 'the educational experience', 'educational outcomes' and 'relationships' in relation to students teaching placement. In this module students will attend lectures, conduct reflections, carry out a teaching placement in a second level school and develop a school placement portfolio. Following placement students will engage in a comprehensive school placement debrief. This module will be linked to and build on previous modules such as education theory, assessment, micro-teaching, digital media, inclusive education and language pedagogy.

Learning Outcomes

1. Plan, implement and evaluate a broad range of generic teaching skills in a school environment.
2. Engage in self and peer-based critical reflection on the process of skill development and implementation.
3. Competently observe and describe the key interactions in a school classroom.
4. Identify and describe good practice in classroom management.
5. Describe and implement good practice in the fields of positive discipline and motivation.
6. Demonstrate good practice in teaching, learning and assessment methodologies in the 2nd level classroom.
7. Demonstrate possession of adequate subject knowledge to plan, prepare resources (including ICT integration) and teach at second level.
8. Outline and discuss Child Protection Procedures for working in an education setting
9. Demonstrate professional practice and conduct as outlined by the Teaching Council of Ireland in the Codes of Professional Conduct
10. Engage in placement related activities and participate in the life of the school.
11. Reflect on placement throughout and after the experience

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture16Teaching preparation and placement debrief
Professional Practice90School placement (teaching and non-teaching)
Workplace application144Lesson planning, evaluation and reflection
Total Workload: 250

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

Prepare schemes of work, Prepare and review lesson plans, Evaluate lessons.

Assessment for Learning, Inside the Black Box, Authentic Assessment, Effective Feedback, Motivation, Success Criteria, Questioning.

Junior Cycle Framework, Key Skills. Integration of Literacy and Numeracy.

Behaviour Management
Creating a positive learning environment, Classroom management strategies, Codes of Behaviour, Building professional relationships.

Teaching Methodology
hases of a class, beginning, middle and end, Engaging students in learning, Active teaching and learning approaches.

Preparing classroom resource Use of whiteboard/ presentations Use of ICT and online resources

Placement Experience
Preparation and planning, Working with Cooperating Teachers and Schools, Assessment of school placement, School Placement Portfolio, Teaching and learning in a post-primary school, Placement related activities and engaging with the school community, Teaching Council Code of Professional Conduct, Child Protection, Observation of teaching.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Walsh, B. J., and Dolan, R.: 2009, A Guide to Teaching Practice in Ireland, Gill and McMillan, Ireland,
  • Louis Cohen, Lawrence Manion and Keith Morrison: 2004, A guide to teaching practice, Routledge Falmer, London, New York,
  • Justin Dillon and Meg Maguire (Eds.): 2001, Becoming a teacher, Open University, Buckingham,
  • Killen, Roy: 2009, Effective teaching strategies: lessons from research and practice, 5th Ed., Cengage Learning Victoria, Australia,
  • Steve Alsop, Larry Bencze and Erminia Pedretti (Eds.): 2005, Analysing exemplary science teaching,
  • Sue Cowley: 2003, Sue Cowley's teaching clinic, Continuum, London,
  • Sue Cowley: 2003, The guerilla guide to teaching,
  • Teaching Council: 2012, Codes of Professional Conduct for Teachers, Teaching Council of Ireland, Maynooth,
  • Haigh, Alan: 2008, The Art of Teaching, Pearson Education,
  • Robert Fisher: 1995, Teaching children to learn, Stanley Thornes, Cheltenham,
  • Anita Woolfolk, Malcolm Hughes, Anita E. Woolfolk (Eds.): 2009, Psychology in Education,
  • Bruce Joyce, Marsha Weil and Emily Calhoun: 2011, Models of teaching,
  • Sam Goldstein, Robert B. Brooks: 2007, Understanding and Managing Children's Classroom Behavior: Creating Sustainable, Resilient Classrooms,
Other Resources

38389, Online Resource, 0, https://www.jct.ie/home/home.php, https://www.jct.ie/home/home.php, 38390, Online Resource, 0, http://www.pdst.ie/postprimary, http://www.pdst.ie/postprimary, 38391, Online Resource, 0, http://www.ncca.ie/, http://www.ncca.ie/, 38392, Online Resource, 0, http://www.teachingcouncil.ie/en/, http://www.teachingcouncil.ie/en/, 38393, Online Resource, 0, http://geoffpetty.com/, http://geoffpetty.com/, 38394, Online Resource, 0, https://www.scoilnet.ie/, https://www.scoilnet.ie/, 38395, Online Resource, 0, http://www.ala.org/aasl/standards/best/websites/20, http://www.ala.org/aasl/standards/best/websites/2017, 38396, Online Resource, 0, https://teachers.net/, https://teachers.net/,
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