Professional Practice and Student Wellbeing

Unit code: EED6104 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
Footscray Nicholson


In this unit preservice teachers will be equipped with skills and knowledge needed for a successful secondary school placement. Preservice teachers will engage with a range of activities tied to working with school stakeholders in professional and collaborative ways. Professional codes of conduct, including mandatory reporting, Duty of Care and Child Protection will be examined. Methods of effective communication, cultural differences, resolution of conflict, access and equity and addressing workplace risk and reporting protocols and procedures when working with secondary school students will be examined. This unit will also draw attention to factors that hinder or support student wellbeing in secondary schools. Trauma informed pedagogical approaches will also be explored through a range of different frameworks, theories and models, through the lens of secondary school students. This unit will also incorporate theories of attachment, trauma and the development of children and young people that can lead to complex, challenging and trauma-related presentations. The professional experience of this unit comprises a 5 day school placement.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of the teacher’s role and the implications for practice, including: Professional Standards; policies and processes; codes of ethics and conduct and legal and professional responsibilities;
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of a range of effective verbal and non-verbal communication and interpersonal skills and strategies to support learner engagement ;
  3. Contextualise research frameworks on trauma and the impact of trauma on secondary school student learning;
  4. Develop and trial pedagogical approaches contributing to the wellbeing and flourishing of school students;
  5. Investigate the approaches used by schools to foster the academic, social and emotional wellbeing of students in schools.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 10%
Test of professional standards that ensure the safety of young people in schools.
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 40%
Respond to a case study of a young person with complex issues.
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 50%
Report Investigating aspects of teaching and learning relating to the development of academic, social and emotional wellbeing of students in schools.

Required reading

The lecturer will provide students with reading materials on VU Collaborate and in consultation with the library.

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):

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