Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedBerwick Second semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Helen Grimmett (Berwick); Dr Stephen Keast (Clayton)


This unit helps students understand their transition from teacher education into the professional practice of teaching and views teacher education as an important part of the induction process for engaging with the teaching profession. Drawing on a range of research literature and applying the full range of knowledge, skills and practicum experiences developed during the previous three years of their course, students are inducted into the notion of what it means to be engaged in the teaching profession through consideration of the nature of teachers' work and of leadership in education. This includes the ethical, professional, industrial, legal, emotional, intellectual and physical dimensions of the work of teachers and educational leaders. Students critically reflect on their emerging professional identity as practitioners and as potential education leaders, and explore the ways in which they can engage with and initiate professional communities of educators in and beyond their immediate teaching setting. They continue to develop their literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology (ICT) skills and knowledge, undertake focused research into an aspect of professional learning within a particular institutional and system context, and prepare for a career of professional learning through synthesising the variety of theoretical perspectives they have encountered throughout their course.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. recognise the range and depth of teachers' work (the ethical, professional, industrial, legal, emotional, intellectual and physical frames of this work)
  2. articulate their professional identities as teachers and as potential leaders in education
  3. further develop the personal literacy, numeracy and ICT skills appropriate for professional practice
  4. demonstrate their knowledge and skills as a professional learner and as a member of various professional learning communities
  5. develop and document evidence of the impact of their professional practice on learning, teaching and organisational structures
  6. undertake focused research into an aspect of their professional learning.


Professional teaching portfolio (2000 words or equivalent, 50%)
Research report on an aspect of students' own professional learning (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 24 contact hours over the semester

(b.) Additional requirements

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours over the semester

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study