EPR784 - Curriculum Inquiry in Professional Experience


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

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

Trimester 2: Online
Enrolments close on 15 May^

Credit point(s): 1
Previously coded as: EPR724, EPR744, EPR754
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

This unit is only available to students enrolled in E762, E764, or E765


Students must have passed 7 units in total.

Including: EEE754, EEE755, EEE756, EPM742, EPL746 and

2 professional experience units, one unit from EPR781, EPR721, EPR771, EPR751 AND one from EPR782, EPR722, EPR742, EPR752


Students in course

E764 must be enrolled in ECE761

E762 or E765 must be enrolled in one unit from their approved primary extended curriculum area ECL761, ETL700, ESM724, ESS744, EHU701, ETL710, ESH702 or ECA731

Incompatible with: EPR714
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

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 the unit site throughout the trimester.

Participation is highly recommended in the scheduled 1-hour online professional experience (placement) Briefing Session


In-person attendance requirements

^Professional Experience

Pre-service Teachers will also be required to attend 20-days of Professional Experience professional experience (placement) in:

  • an Early Childhood setting (age 3-5 years) (10-days for E764 students only)
  • a Primary School setting (10-days for E762 students, 20-days for E765 students, 10-days for E764 students)

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

professional experience (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 will provide students with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the transitions to or from primary school in relation to a specific learning area of the primary school curriculum, and the pedagogical approaches that optimise learning, learner development and well-being in these crucial phases of schooling/education. Drawing on theories of learning, curriculum and pedagogy, students will examine learning by analysing the connection between curriculum and engagement for a specific age group of learners, through a focus on child-centred practices, pedagogies of care, relationships and engagement to support learning, development, well-being and identity in relation to the specific learning area.

The importance of practices in building relationships with children to enhance learning and learner identity in relation to a specific learning area will be examined, along with an examination of the interrelationship between learning environments, connections and opportunities for learning and development. Students will draw on their knowledge of curriculum, pedagogy, learning and environment to critically analyse educator practices as they support children’s learning and development in the specific learning area. The unit will provide opportunities for students to gain deeper understanding of the importance of engagement and identity for children’s well-being and developing sense of self in relation to the learning area, as well as support children's physical, emotional, social, cognitive and language development.

The role of the specialist teacher as an advocate who can lead the development and facilitation of quality teaching and learning experiences for children in a specific learning area will be a focus of this unit. The role of the community, family and professional learning area organisations as equal and respected partners in the planning and decision making for young people will also be explored and students will engage in critical debate about learning partnerships by focusing on the policy documents, literature and examination of practice as influencing these relationships.

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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