Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


As a capstone, research-rich course, EDUC4181 is focused on consolidating students' knowledge and understanding in the field of teacher professionalism, encompassing the topics of philosophies of education; and the legal, social and ethical responsibilities associated with being a member of the teaching profession.

The research rich assignment provides an opportunity for students to engage deeply with current literature and other research on the topic of teacher professional practice and to apply this knowledge, in creative ways that link to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. This assignment has a direct connection to teachers' professional work.

Students' finalisation of their teaching portfolio (that commences in an earlier course) provides evidence of their attainment of graduate teacher standards, and critically reflects on their professional learning over the entire program, including an analysis of Quality Teaching principles.



  • Semester 1 - 2022
  • Summer 2 - 2022


  • Semester 1 - 2022

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): EDUC4195. Students who have successfully completed EDUC4195 are not eligible to enrol in EDUC4181.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of various philosophies of education through articulating a personal philosophy of teaching that indicates understanding of teaching's historical, political and environmental context;

2. Discuss and analyse the legal, social and ethical responsibilities associated with being a member of the teaching profession;

3. Develop critically reflective and personal insight into educational practices and educational values drawing from your professional learning over the entire program; and

4. Reflect on your role as a professional partner and participant in local, national and global educational and schooling communities.


Philosophical Understandings of Education.

The Ethical Teacher.

The Graduate Teacher and Quality Teaching.


For students who commenced in the program in 2016 onwards, enrolment in this course is dependent on successful completion of the teacher education admission milestone:

- Three HSC band 5s (including one in English) or

- 80 units of UON courses or

- Regulatory authority approved comparable pathways.

To enrol in this course students must be active in one of the following programs:

- B Teaching (Humanities) (Honours) [12368],

- B Teaching (Fine Art) (Honours) [12369],

- B Teaching (Health and Physical Education) (Honours) [12370],

- B Teaching (Mathematics) (Honours) [12371],

- B Teaching (Science) (Honours) [12372],

- B Teaching (Technology) (Honours) [12373],

- B Education (Secondary) [40107],

- B Education (Secondary) (Honours) [40108],

And have successfully completed the following courses:

- EDUC1008 or EDUC1038,

- EDUC2102,

- EDUC1103 or EDUC2103,

- EDUC2196,

- EDUC3196.

If you have completed EDUC4195 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Participation: Substantive participation: Weekly Reflective Work Book Journal and question 30%

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Research Rich Ethical Knowledge and Dilemma Analysis 30%

Portfolio: Research Rich Philosophy of teaching with annotated evidence of practice Philosophy of teaching 40%

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 13 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 26 hour(s) per Term Full Term

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.