ECN732 - Teaching in the 21st Century: Transition to Practice


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Online with intensive

Trimester 2: Online with intensive

Credit point(s): 2
EFTSL value: 0.250
Cohort rule:

This unit is only available to students enrolled in E737


ECN704, ECN723, ECN724, ECN726, ECN733, ECN734, ECN735, ECN736


ECN729 and ECN725

Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - online

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

Inclusion of a one day on campus intensive to be held during Week 1 of the Trimester.

In-person attendance requirements

The unit also includes a Professional Experience placement (25-days)

For the most up-to-date advice regarding your placement please see here.


PSTs must meet requirements for placement attendance compliance including current Working With Children Check (relevant to state/territory), National Police Check and Immunisation record (or relevant supporting medical documentation, if no record exists). This information needs to be registered on InPlace prior to attending placements. Please check the Professional Experience Office website for more information.


This Deakin Teacher Performance Assessment (DTPA) unit aims to challenge and deepen your understanding of teaching as a profession, through studying the dimensions of the Australian Professional Standards for Graduate Teachers and teachers’ professional lives, including professional relationships within schools and other community education settings. As you prepare to graduate and become teachers, you will be assisted to identify the historical, cultural and political forces that have shaped, and are (re)shaping, the roles and expectations of teachers working for education institutions in the middle and the post-compulsory years of education and training. You will review and consolidate the ways you conceptualise your professional practice as educators of young people in contemporary settings. You will draw on current theories of professional development and lifelong learning which will explore the potential of individuals to influence organisational change processes. Using authentic case studies, you will be able to identify, interpret and apply the key sources of data which are used to generate effective improvement in practice.

This knowledge will be used to analyse individual student assessment data to design learning strategies aimed at improving student learning outcomes and teaching practice. You will draw on the research literature, current legislation and relevant policies to debate the ethical and professional issues that impact on the collection, use and reporting of data informing school performance and student learning.

In addition, you will make use of approaches and methods for analysing professional practice within the context of your own work environments and career pathways as you enter the teaching profession. Importantly, you are able to identify and engage with professional learning activities that support ongoing development and learning in ways that are directly aligned to support improved student learning.

The DTPA is your opportunity to show evidence that you are profession-ready and have successfully developed the attributes of a Graduate Teacher.

Hurdle requirement

Professional experience is a requirement of the Victorian Institution of Teaching for the preparation of teachers. In this unit you will complete 25 days of the required 75 days for the Master of Applied Learning and Teaching (Secondary). Satisfactory completion of the professional experience is required in order to pass this unit.

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