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Teachers as Professionals (9918.2)

Level: Level 4 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 6
HECS Bands: 1, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Education


Possible changes to your unit's learning activities and assessment items

For the remainder of 2020, resulting from Australian Government's directives requiring physical distancing and restrictions on movement because of the COVID-19 pandemic, any exams that are required for assessment in a unit will be online exams. Online exams may also use online proctoring to help assure the academic integrity of those exams. Please contact your unit convener with any questions.

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This unit builds on prior learning within the degree course. It focuses on what it means to be a professional teacher and how to develop the requisite skills, knowledge and practices. This includes teachers' capacity to:
- identify own learning needs,
- work individually and collegially to meet those needs, and
- demonstrate respect and professionalism in their interactions with the school community.

Equally important is managing one's health and well-being through good life management skills.

Knowledge of the National Graduate Teacher Standards is required in addition to an understanding that this represents a beginning phase in one's professional growth.

The unit is the culmination of this course's Professional Experience and involves a 30 day placement. Upon completion, pre-service teachers need to demonstrate the level of teaching proficiency required of a Graduate teacher.

Evidence of passing both components of LANTITE must be provided before this unit can be passed.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, students will demonstrate:

1. Skills in identifying their own professional learning needs;

2. Learning about the benefits of professional learning and the identification of sources of development in the wider learning community;

3. Understanding of their legal and ethical responsibilities as a teacher;

4. Strategies for balancing their school/home responsibilities in productive ways; and

5. Understanding of professional engagement with colleagues, students and the wider community.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

10 hours initial + 30 days Professional Placement.


Students in the Bachelor of Primary Education (Graduate Entry) must have passed 24 credit points.

All other students must have passed 72 credit points or have permission from the Unit Convener.



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