EPR782 - Building Capacity in Professional Experience


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Online
Enrolments close on 15 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:

This unit is only available to students enrolled in E760, 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 - Co-requisite unit EPM742 or EPL746.

For students enrolled in E765 - Co-requisite enrolled in their approved curriculum unit (recommended) or EPM742 or EPL746.

For students enrolled in E762, E763, D303 or D304 - Co-requisite, student must also be enrolled in their approved curriculum unit.

Incompatible with: EPR702
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 synchronous sessions during the placement.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

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 professional experience (placement) briefing lecture, this includes engagement with materials, responses to tasks and independent study.


Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x 2-hour online seminars (these will be recorded) during non-placement teaching weeks (6 weeks) and 1 x 1-hour online Professional Experience (placement) Briefing Session, and Assessment Briefing Sessions (1 per assessment).

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 lectures or scheduled synchronous sessions during the professional experience (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 professional experience (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

Fees and charges vary depending on the type of fee place you hold, your course, your commencement year, the units you choose to study and their study discipline, and your study load.

Tuition fees increase at the beginning of each calendar year and all fees quoted are in Australian dollars ($AUD). Tuition fees do not include textbooks, computer equipment or software, other equipment or costs such as mandatory checks, travel and stationery.

Use the Fee estimator to see course and unit fees applicable to your course and type of place.

For further information regarding tuition fees, other fees and charges, invoice due dates, withdrawal dates, payment methods visit our Current Students website.