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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Ms Nicole Marshall (City)


City (Melbourne)

  • Term 4 2016 (On-campus block of classes)


This unit develops students' growing professional identity, ability to be a leader in the field of early years education and knowledge of professional engagement in Australia and internationally. Students critically review relevant changes in government policy and educational restructuring that influence the professional identity of teachers. Discourses of democratic professional engagement and managerial professionalism are discussed and analysed. There is emphasis on understanding professional accountability and effectiveness through reflexivity. The unit also prepares students to provide moral, ethical and intellectual leadership for the teaching profession by critically analysing their professional values and beliefs.


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

  1. understand their professional identity as teachers and critically analyse their growing professional identity through reflexive practice
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the role of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers in identifying professional learning needs
  3. demonstrate knowledge and application of intentional leadership through understanding legislative, administrative and organisational policy and through developing relationships with children, families, colleagues and other professionals
  4. demonstrate professional autonomy, well-developed judgement, responsibility and accountability as an educational professional
  5. use their pedagogical leadership to understand and respond to the diversity of learner needs within varied learning contexts.


Reflective journal on how to plan and meet professional standards (2000 words, 50%)
Professional portfolio interview and presentation (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

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

  • 2 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

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