EPR712 - Building Capacity in Professional Experience


2020 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Cloud (online)

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

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

Students must be enrolled in E761


Students who commenced course E761 prior to 2020;
must pass 1 unit from ECE762, ECE763 or ECE764
must complete EEE751, ECE761 and 
must have passed 1 unit from EPR701 or EPR711


Students commencing course E761 from 2020; 
must pass 1 unit from EPR761 or EPR711 and
must complete 4 credit points of level 7 Master of Teaching Units


E761 course students commencing prior to 2020 must have co-req unit EEE752

Incompatible with:

EPR702, EPR722, EPR732

Study commitment

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

In Person Attendance Requirements 
Students who are completing professional experience placements are not required to attend classes or scheduled synchoronous sessions during the placement.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

Time engaging in learning activities is expected to total a combined equivalent of 8-10 hours per week.

This includes engagement with materials, responses to tasks, independent study and 1 x 3-hour scheduled face to face workshop per non-placement teaching week (approx. 6-9 weeks).

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Time engaging in learning activities is expected to total a combined equivalent of 8-10 hours per week.

This includes engagement with materials, responses to tasks, regular forum posting and responding to others, scheduled synchronous online discussions and independent study during non-placement teaching weeks (approx. 6-9 weeks).

It is highly recommended that you attend scheduled synchronous discussions in CloudDeakin throughout the trimester.

In-person attendance requirements

Professional Experience
Preservice Teachers will also be required to attend 25 days* of Professional Experience in an Early Childhood education setting ages three-to-five years. Preservice Teachers are advised to check the most current Professional Experience Calendars for specific details and dates.

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

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

Professional placements must adhere to the Professional Experience Office policies and Faculty-approved calendars if undertaken in Victoria.

Interstate students may be allocated an alternative placement block relative to local school holidays. To meet university assessment timelines, this will be the nearest dates to the Victorian placement calendar, as possible.

Placement days are full days of attendance from approximately 8.30am–4.00pm.

This unit is subject to enrolment cut off dates that differ to the university. 

  • Trimester 1 enrolments for this unit close on 15 November (Previous Year) 
  • Trimester 2 enrolments for this unit close on 15 May.

Please note:
Preservice Teachers 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 refer to the Professional Experience Office website for further information regarding policies, calendars and placement processes.


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


This unit focuses on working effectively with learners, both in small groups and whole groups, with specific acknowledgement and understanding of their context for learning.

Preservice Teachers will research and plan learning experiences, focusing on creating a sequence of learning for a specific cohort of diverse learners. They will critically reflect on and analyse teaching practice working from the position of a practitioner researcher. They are expected to use effective and ethical communication practices in learning contexts and ensure safe, supportive and challenging inclusive learning-friendly environments as they build their capacities in planning for learning and successfully guiding learners and managing learning environments.

Preservice Teachers will review and analyse the effectiveness of their planning and pedagogy including demonstrating the ethical and effective use of learning tools, data/evidence and teaching strategies. Discussions with peers, colleagues, supervisors and Deakin staff will be used to critically reflect on and improve the effectiveness of planned and enacted teaching as a result of considered engagement with and implementation of a range of learning assessment tasks.

Preservice Teachers will be expected to articulate an informed emergent professional position through discussions with colleagues, peers, parents and mentors about their teaching and learning decisions.

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