Not currently offered
Course code



20 units


4000 level

Course handbook


In this course students will reflect upon, and represent within a teaching portfolio, their professional learning during the program. They will refine their personal philosophy of teaching; explore the legal, social and ethical responsibilities associated with being a member of the teaching profession; and consider their responsibility as participants in local, national and global teaching communities. The course requires students to undertake a full time 50 day school based internship in a 7-12 setting. The Intern will be responsible for up to 2/3 of the colleague teacher's teaching load. In addition Interns will be expected to interact within the school and its community.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2015.

Learning outcomes

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

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

2. Articulate a personal philosophy of teaching;

3. Develop a teaching portfolio that provides evidence of their attainment of graduate teacher standards, and critically reflects upon their professional learning over the entire program;

4. Consider their role as professional partners and participants in local, national and global communities; and

5. Demonstrate inclusive teaching practices through adapting and differentiating curriculum and instruction to personalise the learning for students in their care.


This course will address topics such as:

  • The Contemporary Social and Policy Context of Teacher Professionalism
  • Professionalism, Professional Values, the Ethics of Teaching, & Teaching as a Moral Enterprise
  • Collegiality, Ethics, Professional Dilemmas, and Challenges to Ethical Professionalism
  • Professional Teaching Standards and Contemporary Legal and Moral Accountabilities
  • Teaching with Integrity: Ensuring the Fidelity of Research-Based Instruction
  • Socially Engaged Professionalism
  • Constructing a Professional Teaching Portfolio
  • Philosophies of Teaching
  • Frameworks for understanding, interpreting, and critically reflecting upon professional practice (incl. Revisiting Quality Teaching model as a framework for reflective practice)
  • Developing a Career Map: Recognising the Importance of Continuing Professional Development

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


Students must have completed 270 units of study

Assumed knowledge

Completed 270 units including EDUC2195, EDUC3195

Assessment items

Project: A1 - Philosophy of Teaching

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: A2 - Ethical Dilemma

Professional Task: A3 - Professional Experience Report

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Lecture: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions.
  • Tutorial: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • Child Protection Awareness Training - Students must complete approved child protection awareness training.
  • Working with Children - A national criminal history check and review of findings of misconduct involving children, required for any child-related work.
  • Anaphylaxis Training - Students must complete approved anaphylaxis training.