ECN734 - Orientation to the Teaching Profession


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Online with intensive
Trimester 2: Online with intensive

Credit point(s): 1
Previously coded as: Nil
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in E737


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the trimester 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.

In-person attendance requirements

The unit includes a required intensive block of 2-days (2 x 6-hours) with practical experience (workshop) during week 1 of the trimester.

The unit includes an embedded practical experience of 15-days duration, where students undertake supervised professional experience in a school and/or vocational education and training site.

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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. 

Hurdle requirement

Professional Experience placement (15-days)

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