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EDUC590 Professional Practice Portfolio

Aims at developing students’ professional skills as teachers. Students will engage in critical reflection on their professional practice by documenting their goals, growth, achievement, and professional attributes developed throughout the course of study.

In this paper you will identify an area in which you wish to enhance your practice and then spend the year working on doing just that. This 60-point distance paper involves spending time contemplating your professional development needs and then working to address those needs. You will participate in a relevant community of practice and conduct a small-scale study into your own teaching practice.

Paper title Professional Practice Portfolio
Paper code EDUC590
Subject Education
EFTS 0.5
Points 60 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (3 March 2023 - 23 February 2024) (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,325.50
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Pre or Corequisite
EDUC 411 or EDUC 412
Limited to
(i)Students outside of the approved programmes, with 54 300-level EDUC points, may be admitted with approval from the Dean of the College of Education. (ii)The duration of this paper is 50 weeks.

Students need to be experienced teachers and be in the MEdLn programme to complete this paper.

Teaching staff

This paper is co-ordinated by Dr Keryn Pratt, who teaches in the first semester. From the middle of the year, you will work with one of our teaching staff as you complete your portfolio.

Paper Structure
In the first half of the year you will be involved in discussions about developing a professional development plan, conducting a literature review and planning a small-scale study aimed at enhancing an aspect of your practice. In the second part of the year you will carry out the study and work with a supervisor to refine your portfolio.
Teaching Arrangements

This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.


Students will be expected to access required readings via the library and the Internet and to source their own relevant readings.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this paper students will:

  1. Be able to identify evidence and arguments for and against practices that they already use and practices they could adopt and consider implications for their teaching
  2. Have developed and refined their capacity to reflect critically upon their approaches to teaching within the context of contemporary research literature and practice
  3. Be able to use the outcomes of reflection and research to improve their own practices as teachers
  4. Be able to articulate the personal theories, beliefs and thinking that guide their teaching practices
  5. Have a willingness and ability to learn and engage in ongoing learning and to appreciate that learning to teach is a lifelong endeavour

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1st Non standard period (3 March 2023 - 23 February 2024)

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system