EPP405 - Professional Identity and Curriculum Work


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled in course E377


EPP401 - For students in course versions of E377 commencing from 2016 onwards

EPP305 - For students in pipelining course version of E377.3 only



Incompatible with:


Study commitment

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

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1-hour class per fortnight, 1 x 3-hour seminar per week (21-hours)

In-person attendance requirements

Students will be required to complete a 25-day professional experience placement

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


On successful completion of EPP401 and EPP405 students will be awarded 2 credit points.

Please note, University policy states students who submit their work by the original due date should normally be provided with feedback within 15 working days. This is an externally moderated task and results will be available 15-25 working days after submission.


This is the sixth and 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.

Building on the work undertaken in your trimester 1 unit of your final year, this unit embeds that remaining components of the Deakin Teaching Performance Assessment (DTPA) task.

As a critical reflection of practice, students 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 25-days professional experience – a five-week 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 2 x 50-minute lessons per day (one in each method) over the 25-day period
  • observe lessons: equivalent of 1 x 50-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

Hurdle requirement

Satisfactory completion of the professional experience placement and the Deakin Teaching Performance Assessment Task is required in order to pass this unit.

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