EPR711 - Orientation to the Teaching Profession


2020 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online), CBD*
Trimester 2: Cloud (online)

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled in course E761





Incompatible with:

EPR721, EPR731, EPR741

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

This unit is based on a Blended Learning delivery approach. You are expected to participate in all learning experiences designed and scheduled for you on campus (seminars, classes or incursions) or other learning contexts (excursions) and engage in associated online learning resources along with independent study for a combined equivalent engagement of 8-10 hours per week. This will include equivalent of 3-hours per non-placement week of structured on campus learning activities or equivalent hours in intensive delivery

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

This unit shares the Blended Delivery modules and resources with on campus students.  You are expected to actively participate in online forum discussions including posting your responses to critically reflective learning tasks created for Cloud students in the learning modules and regular and engaged responses to the questions/comments of others. Engagement with materials, responses to tasks, forum posting and independent study is expected to be a combined equivalent of 8-10 hours per week

In-person attendance requirements

Professional Experience: Preservice teachers will also be required to attend 10-days* of Professional Experience in Early Years setting with Birth to 2-year old learners.

Please note that ALL Professional Experience days must be successfully completed to pass this unit.

*Professional Experience Days are indicative only and subject to change. Preservice Teachers are advised to check the most current Professional Experience Calendars for specific details and dates

Additional for placement units:

During Professional Experience placements, students are frequently required to undertake planning and preparation outside of the full time teaching day

Note: *CBD refers to Institute of Koorie Education; Community Based Delivery

Trimester 1 enrolments for this unit close on 15 February.
Trimester 2 enrolments for this unit close on 15 May.

Please refer to the Professional Experience Office website for further information regarding your professional experience placement


This unit provides an orientation to the Professional Experience placement and to the role of a teacher. It will prepare PSTs for the shift from learner to novice teacher through an examination of pedagogical theory and critical discussions of teacher identity formation and of teacher professionalism.

The influence of personal experience and background, theory, pedagogy, policy and curriculum on educational aims and beliefs; ‘noticing’ learners and learning; and the ethical and legal codes and responsibilities of the teaching profession are explored.

Hurdle requirement

Professional Experience For Preservice Teachers enrolled in School of Education courses, the Professional Experience component is assessed primarily by the site-based teacher (Mentor) who advises the Unit Chair. Satisfactory completion of the Professional Experience component is compulsory in order for the Preservice Teacher to progress. Preservice teachers on placement are required to familiarise themselves with the Professional Experience Guidance for Preservice Teachers and Professional Experience Guidance for Mentors documents available for their units. Hurdle tasks for this unit must be successfully completed by students enrolled in this unit to fulfil the course requirements and to be eligible to apply for professional registration.

For specific details please refer to the Professional Experience Guidance for Preservice Teachers and Professional Experience Guidance for Mentors for this unit. CLO1, CLO2, CLO4, CLO6, CLO7

Unit Fee Information

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