EPR782 - Building Capacity in Professional Experience


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Online
Enrolments close on 22 November (year preceding)^
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Enrolments close on 15 May^

Credit point(s): 1
Previously coded as: EPR712, EPR722, EPR732, EPR742, EPR752
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

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


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

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


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

For all students who commenced study prior to 2020:
Co-requisite unit EEE752

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.

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 25-days of Professional Experience in either:

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

Students in E764 will be required to attend an additional 10-days in a birth to two years education and care program in the trimester break.

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 November (of proceeding year)
  • Trimester 2 enrolments for this unit close on 15 May.

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


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


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. Preservice Teachers will plan according to the appropriate focus of the learner group in the placement context but with specific lens on literacy though inquiry learning, disciplinary literacies, multi-literacies and literacy across the curriculum.

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.

Unit Fee Information

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