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EPR721 - Orientation to the Teaching Profession

Unit details

Year:

2020 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Julie Arnold
Cohort rule:

Students commencing in 2020 must be enrolled in course E760 or E762

Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Students enrolled in course E760 or E762 prior to 2020, any co-req unit in EEE751

Students enrolled in course E762 commencing 2020, any co-req unit in EEE754

Incompatible with:

EPR731, EPR751, EPR761, EPR771

Typical 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 seminar per non-placement teaching week (approx. 6-9 weeks) and 1 x 1-hour Placement Briefing Lecture.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

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 Blackboard Collaborate Placement Briefing Session.

In-person attendance requirements:

Professional Experience
Preservice Teachers will also be required to attend 10-days* of Professional Experience in Primary School setting. 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 February 
  • 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.

Note:

*CBD refers to Institute of Koorie Education; Community Based Delivery

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.

 
 

These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

ULO1

Critically reflect on personal teaching and learning beliefs, values, strengths and areas for further development in developing an emergent professional teacher identity for the 21st century

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

GLO8: Global citizenship

ULO2

Engage with relevant legal obligations and ethical codes and frameworks and critically discuss their implications for their own practice and responsibilities as a teacher

Articulate the benefits and challenges of working collaboratively with colleagues in education and demonstrate professionalism, collegiality and an understanding of the professional code of conduct relevant to the learning setting, while on Professional Experience placement

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO6: Self-management

GLO7: Teamwork

GLO8: Global citizenship

ULO3

Identify and critically discuss theories and pedagogical frameworks that are evidenced in the learning context and how they relate to learner agency, learner relationships, and learning environment

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

ULO4

Apply skills in observing and noticing diverse learners and articulate emergent understandings of learner agency, strengths and challenges

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO8: Global citizenship

ULO5

Collect and organise educational artefacts and critically analyse their implications for teaching and learning

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3 Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship

ULO6

Engage with state/national curriculum policies, guidelines and frameworks and analyse their significance and practical application

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year

Assessment

Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment 1 - Critical professional inquiry

2000 words 40% Week 5

Assessment 2 - Critical analysis of noticing learners and observing learning

3000 words 60% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

Professional Experience For Preservice Teachers enrolled in School of Education courses, the Professional Experience component is assessed primarily by the site-based teacher (Mentor) who advises the Unit Chair. Satisfactory completion of the Professional Experience component is compulsory in order for the Preservice Teacher to progress.
 
Preservice teachers on placement are required to familiarise themselves with the Professional Experience Guidance for Preservice Teachers and Professional Experience Guidance for Mentors documents available for their units. Hurdle tasks for this unit must be successfully completed by students enrolled in this unit to fulfil the course requirements and to be eligible to apply for professional registration.
 
For specific details please refer to the Professional Experience Guidance for Preservice Teachers and Professional Experience Guidance for Mentors for this unit. CLO1, CLO2, CLO4, CLO6, CLO7
 

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link EPR721
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list.

Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

Unit Fee Information

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