Planning and Professional Development – EDPB 600

EDPB 600 Planning and Professional Development

(Elementary—Sections 1, 2; Secondary—Section 3)

Fall 2017



Riki Cox (Section 1): Bldg. 356 Office 280.

Paula Waaitainen  (Section 2):  Bldg. 356 Office 270

Teresa Farrell (Section 3): Bldg. 356 Office 264

 Class Times/Location: Tuesdays 8:30 am -12 pm

Section 1: Room

Section 2: Room

Section 3: Room

Office Hours:

Each Instructor will confirm Office Hours on the first day of class.  These hours will be posted on the Instructor’s office door.

Course Description from VIU Calendar

 Reflection on planning issues relevant to the final practicum placement.  Links to theory and course work with the practical consideration of planning for the specific teaching/learning situation.  As well, students present their self directed personal and professional development via electronic portfolio upon the successful completion of the final practicum.

 Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Refine your Frame of Reference to effectively communicate your perspective on teaching and learning (Program Outcomes—Professionalism 3, 4; TRB Standard 7)
  2. Demonstrate the ability to initiate, implement and self-assess ongoing personal and professional development using an inquiry process. (Program Outcomes—Pedagogy 1, Multiversity 4, Professionalism 1, 2, 4; TRB Standard 7)
  3. Link theory and course work with practical considerations of planning and managing a specific teaching/learning situation (Program Outcomes—Pedagogy 2, 4, 7, Multiversity 1, 5, 7, Professionalism 3; TRB Standards 3, 5, 6)
  4. Complete a comprehensive final practicum planning framework (Program Outcomes—Pedagogy 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9; TRB Standards 3, 5, 6)


Materials and Resources

Any additional course materials, including readings, will be copied for students or provided on the VIU Learn (D2L) site. There is one recommended text that can be ordered from this site: (and which costs 20$):

 Required Resources:

  • Halbert, J. & Kaser, L. (2013). Spirals of Inquiry for Equity and Quality. Vancouver: The BC Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association.


This is a pass/fail course.  There is no final exam for this course.  It is our belief that learning can be more powerful in situations where the focus is on understanding and improvement rather than on a letter grade. You will be evaluated within the following domains: attendance, participation, readings and reflection [all encompassed within the professionalism rubric] and your assignments. Detailed instructions and criteria for assignments will be distributed in class and/or on VIU Learn (D2L). You must pass each assignment in order to pass the course.

Additional (important!) Information

  1. The clarity, presentation and content of any work submitted must demonstrate the relevant conventions of university level literacy (e.g., correct spelling and grammar). All work must be word-processed, unless otherwise specified, and clearly legible.
  2. Academic integrity is expected in our program and at our university. All materials submitted for evaluation, which are not the original work of the student, must be cited accordingly. This includes ideas from websites and any other sources, including work generated in collaboration with peers. Plagiarism will result in failure of the student, or students involved as well as possible expulsion from the Education program.
  3. Students are to conduct themselves in a professional, ethical and responsible manner at all times at VIU and in field experience placements. Unprofessional behaviour could result in withdrawal from the course and/or the program.
  4. If any aspect of a student’s work (including assignments, attendance, participation) is not at an acceptable level, this will be communicated to the student in writing.  The communication will specify what the student must do to meet expectations (e.g., revise and resubmit, do a supplemental assignment, demonstrate that he/she is able to meet the standard on a subsequent assignment). If a student has assignments that do not meet expectations, (or is continuing not to meet expectations in participation or attendance) an interim report will be written and filed with the Chair, Undergraduate Programs and the Dean.
  5. If you require academic or personal support at any time during the program, please speak to your instructor, the Chair, Undergraduate Programs or program advisors. It is our goal that you be successful in our program.

A course outline will be provided on the first day of class.