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ECN734 - Orientation to the Teaching Profession


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Kellie Tobin
Trimester 2: Kellie Tobin
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Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

There will be substantial engagement with online resources and discussions in CloudDeakin. A minimum of 2 Blackboard Collaborate sessions will be conducted during the trimester.

In-person attendance requirements:

The unit includes a required intensive block of 2-days (2 x 6 hours) with site-based workshops during week 1 of the trimester.

The unit includes an embedded practicum of 20-days duration, where students undertake supervised professional experience in a school and/or vocational education and training site.


This unit orientates preservice teachers to teaching, the teaching profession and Professional Experience in schools and other educational settings. Students will analyse teaching and learning within the broader purposes of schooling and the education system, including a consideration of strategies for involving parents/carers in the educative process. Further, students will be required to critically assess the impact of globalisation on education and investigate how these discourses shape the practices of teachers in local, state and national contexts.

Students will examine the professional, ethical and legal frameworks for teachers including the Australian Graduate Teacher Standards. Students will engage critically with teaching and teacher practices by examining their personal beliefs and assumptions of teaching and learning and identify how these ideas inform their emerging applied learning pedagogy(s).

This unit will introduce students to planning for professional learning which will support their continued building of this throughout the course. 


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Critically evaluate the legal, ethical and professional standards (including codes of ethics and conduct) framing teacher practice in Australia, including legislative requirements that support student wellbeing and safety and examine the implications of these for their own emergent professional learning and improved student learning

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO6: Self-management


Articulate an emergent teaching philosophy and critically reflect on the relationship of this with applied learning pedagogies and practical approaches to managing challenging behaviour

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4 Critical thinking
GLO5 Problem solving


Critically assess the globalisation of education and evaluate how these discourses shape the work of teachers in national and local contexts, including the rationale for, provision of, and appropriate sources to support continued professional learning

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO8: Global citizenship


Identify strategies to involve parents/carers and other partners in the educative process in ways that support individual student learning.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 1:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment 1 (Individual) - Critical Analysis

2500 words or equivalent 50% Information not yet available

Assessment 2 (Individual) - Professional Learning Journal

2500 words or equivalent 50% Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

Professional Experience placement (20 days)

Learning Resource

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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