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EPP406 - Professional Identity and Curriculum Work

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

Student must be enrolled in course E377, D351 or D347

E377 students must have completed or are completing their Senior Health and Human Development Curriculum Studies

D347 students must have completed or are completing their Secondary Curriculum Studies B for their 2nd teaching method area.

D351 students must have completed or are completing their Secondary Curriculum Studies 2B for their 1st teaching method area.

Unit chair:M Ludecke

Students must have passed EPP305 & must have passed three units in EPP101, EPP102, EPP203, EPP207, EPP304.



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 1 hour Class per fortnight, 1 x 3 hour Seminar per week (21 hours)

Practicum: Students are also required to complete 10 and 25 day teaching practicums.


This is the sixth of the six units in the Education Studies Major. This unit is the final Education Studies Major unit. The unit engages with the transition from pre-service teacher to in-service teacher. The students will revisit their professional stance as it has developed from the beliefs articulated in Year 1 through to this final stepping off point. They will gather evidence, document, analyse and reflect on practice to investigate and examine the role of the teacher and professional standards in secondary contexts. Students will select key teaching, learning and assessment artefacts aligned with the relevant professional standards, and build their professional portfolio to provide evidence of their professional identity and understanding of curriculum as community and complexity. Ethical and legal imperatives in teachers work will also be addressed. Students will be involved in online communication with staff and peers as they develop their final professional portfolio entries.

This unit includes 35 days professional experience – 10 days over 3 weeks in Trimester 1 and a 25 day block in Trimester 2, in a secondary setting. During these days the pre-service teacher will:
- undertake an orientation to the school environment
- plan units of work/whole class program for a class at junior and/or senior levels of the school using an appropriate format for extended planning as discussed with supervising teachers
- teach lessons for a class at junior and/or senior levels of the school; the equivalent of 2x50 minute lessons per day (one in each method) over the 25 day period.
- observe lessons: equivalent of 1x50 minute lesson in each method, per day, over the duration of the placement.
- become fully involved in the life and operations of the school, as per a beginning teacher
- conduct 3-5 parent/student/teacher interviews.
- keep a journal (electronic and/or hardcopy) in which evidence of their planning, observations, collected documents, participation in school activities and reflections are kept. Pre-service teachers will be expected to share their journal with their supervising teachers and appropriate University teaching staff.

The purpose of the 25 day block is to demonstrate the ability to teach for a sustained period of time and consolidate teaching skills. The Deakin ATA should be undertaken during this period. At the conclusion of this placement, the supervising teacher in conjunction with the University teaching staff will be asked to complete the report and indicate whether the pre-service teacher is 'Ready to Teach'.


Professional decision making task 30%

Deakin Authentic Teacher Assessment 70%

Hurdle Requirement: Assessing the professional experience
For students enrolled in School of Education courses, the professional experience component is assessed primarily by the class-based teacher who advises the Unit Chair.  Satisfactory completion of the Professional Experience component is compulsory in order for the student to progress.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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