EPP405 - Professional Identity and Curriculum Work


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in E377

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

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

Corequisite: Nil
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 - campus

1 x 3-hour seminars per week for 7 weeks  -plus 4 weeks of embedded placement

3 x 1-hour online lectures – which are synchronous /and recorded

In-person attendance requirements

Students will be required to complete a 20-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 20-days professional experience – a four-week block in trimester 2, in a secondary setting.

Hurdle requirement

Professional experience is a requirement of the Victorian Institution of Teaching for the preparation of teachers. In this unit you will complete 5 days of the required 80 days for the Bachelor of Health and Physical Education. Satisfactory completion of the professional experience is required in order to pass this unit.

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