Entering the Profession

Unit code: EEC4103 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
Online Real Time
ECP3101 - Junior Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy
ECP3102 - Secondary Specialisation Assessment and Reporting
ECP3103 - Senior Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy
ECP3104 - Innovations in Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy
EEC4110 - Curriculum and Assessment in Primary Literacy
Satisfactory completion of Year 3 secondary school practicum. Successful completion of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) for students enrolled in EBED only.
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This capstone unit enables you to encapsulate your work in the Bachelor of Education (P-12) course. The unit enables you as Year 4 students to work with colleagues, principals, other school leaders and teachers in meeting National Standards in order to comply with registration requirements. You will undertake a critical overview of teachers’ professional roles and responsibilities, including professional ethics and responsibilities. This unit also connects to the course learning outcomes of displaying competence and sophistication in a range of verbal and non-verbal communication techniques, including in the use of Information and Communication Technologies to engage and connect with students. You will develop an awareness of the organisational and legal conditions of teachers’ work, informing relationships with and teaching students, planning and managing curriculum and pedagogy, working with colleagues in leadership teams, and engaging with the school, parents/carers and wider community.

You will develop skills needed to secure employment, these include preparing job applications, responding to selection criteria, interview techniques and awareness of professional networks and professional learning opportunities. There will be a developing awareness of the transferable skills that are gained through completing a Bachelor of Education, and how these can be applied to a range of other professions, which includes engaging with professional teaching and broader networks. You will engage in professional experience in Primary school, where you will demonstrate an understanding of the rationale for continued professional learning and the implications for improved student learning. You will also demonstrate the capacity to interpret student assessment data to evaluate student learning and modify teaching practice.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Contextualise their understandings of the legislative, administrative and organisational requirements of teachers’ work, including policies and processes required for teachers according to school stage, and the key principles described in codes of ethics and conduct for the teaching profession, including seeking and applying constructive feedback from mentors and teachers to improve teaching practices;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of how students learn, including a personal and social commitment to education and the enhancement of learning outcomes;
  3. Articulate a broad knowledge of educational practices, including the ability to organise content into an effective learning and teaching sequences, manage curriculum and pedagogy, communicate effectively and demonstrate the capacity to interpret student assessment data to evaluate student learning and modify teaching practice, including understand strategies for working effectively, sensitively and confidentially with parents/carers;
  4. Investigate the process and methods of seeking and gaining employment in educational or other relevant professional settings, including understanding the role of external professionals and community representatives in broadening teachers’ professional knowledge and practice.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 20%
Evidence of Professional Engagement
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 10%
Feedback to peers
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 70%
Assessment for Graduate Teaching Element 1, 2 & 3

Required reading

University students will be provided with an up-to-date reading list via the VU Collaborate system.

Teaching: dilemmas, challenges and opportunities,
Ewing, R, Kervin, L, Glass, C, Gobby, B, Le Cornu, R & Groundwater-Smith, S 2020,| Cengage Learning; Australia

As part of a course

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