EPR781 - Orientation to the Teaching Profession

Year:

2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Enrolments close on 15 February^ 

Trimester 2: Online
Enrolments close on 15 May^

Trimester 3: D303/D304 only* Burwood (Melbourne) intensives, Online
Enrolments close on 15 August^

Credit point(s): 1
Previously coded as: EPR721, EPR731, EPR751, EPR761, EPR771
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled in course E760, E761, E762, E763, E764, E765, D303 or D304

Prerequisite:

Must have passed 4 credit points at Level 7. Including one of the following: EPR781, EPR721, EPR731, EPR751, EPR761, EPR771

For students enrolled in E763, E764, E765, D303 or D304:
Must also have passed one unit from EEE741, EEE752 or EEE754

Corequisite:

For students enrolled in E761, E762, E763, D303, D304 must be enrolled in one curriculum unit

For students enrolled in E764 or E765:
Co-requisite unit EPM742 or EPL746

Incompatible with:

EPR701, EPR711, EPR741, EPR771

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.

1 x 3-hour seminar per non-placement teaching week (approx. 6-9 weeks) and 1 x 1-hour placement briefing lecture, this includes engagement with materials, responses to tasks and independent study.

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.

Participation is highly recommended in the scheduled 1-hour online Placement Briefing Session.

In-person attendance requirements

^Professional Experience
Pre-service Teachers will also be required to attend 10-days of Professional Experience in either:

  • an Early Childhood setting (age 3-5 years) (E761 students),
  • a Secondary School setting (E763, E765, D303 or D304 students), or
  • a Primary School setting (E762, E764 or E765 students)

Students who are completing professional experience placements are not required to attend classes or scheduled synchronous sessions during the placement.

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 February 
  • Trimester 2 enrolments for this unit close on 15 May
  • Trimester 3 enrolments for this unit close on 15 August (D303/D304 only)

For the most up-to-date advice regarding your placement, policies and calendars please refer to the Professional Experience Office website 

Note:

This unit has an indicative number of professional experience placement days. For the most up-to-date advice regarding your placement please see here.

Content

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

Satisfactory completion of the Professional Experience component in this unit is compulsory in order to fulfil the course requirements and to be eligible to apply for professional registration.

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