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Undergraduate | CUR-EDC163-2023

The Professional Educator: Developing Teacher Identity

Discover what the teaching profession means to you and reflect on how this might inform your teaching career. Measure your confidence in what you’ll be teaching. Maximise academic integrity, form your teaching identity, and build your portfolio.  

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Study method

100% online


100% online

Entry requirements

No ATAR needed

No prior study


13 weeks

Start dates

  • 27 Feb 2023
  • 28 Aug 2023

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HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP available

About this subject

What you'll learn

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. assess personal levels of competence and confidence about language and literacy and successfully implement a plan to meet required standards
  2. demonstrate understanding of academic integrity practices within the learning context in relation to conduct, values, communication and protocols
  3. analyse potential challenges and resources related to developing resilience as an educator
  4. appraise, in the context of developing teacher identities, one’s own ethical and socio-cultural values with particular consideration of the planetary citizenship of educators; cultural diversity and Indigenous peoples’ knowledges and cultures; and the ethical and legislative responsibilities of educators
  5. employ knowledge of the Graduate Teacher Standards to establish initial content for a digital professional portfolio; and identify and adopt a reflective practice model to guide its ongoing development.
    • Assessing personal language and literacy competence
    • Academic integrity
    • The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and Documenting Evidence
    • Becoming a teacher: cultural competence awareness
    • Becoming a teacher: identity
    • Teacher Resilience
    • Becoming a teacher: global citizenship
    • Teaching in the 21st century – understanding learning and learners
    • Reflective practice
    • Values and the ethical practitioner
    • Pedagogy and The Australian Curriculum
    • My Professional Teacher ePortfolio
    • Review & reflection
  • This subject introduces students to the course and the expectations of them as they develop into successful university students and future educators.

    Students will explore theories of learning and position themselves as learners. This includes undertaking a language competency assessment and exploring the concept of academic integrity with its attendant expectations for research, written communication and oral presentation in academic and professional contexts.

    Within the broad concept of education, the development of teacher identity will be informed by an examination of one’s own ethical and socio-cultural values with consideration of educators’ planetary citizenship; cultural diversity and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; along with an educator’s ethical and legislated professional responsibilities, including completion of necessary clearances. It also includes an exploration of personal resilience as an educator.

    A key component of the subject will be establishing the Digital Professional Portfolio in which students critically reflect and gather evidence of their capabilities against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Teacher Standards) throughout the duration of the course.

    Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

    Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

    • Reflection (15%)
    • Essay (35%)
    • Digital Professional Portfolio (50%)
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Entry requirements

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Student feedback

41 student respondents between: 07 June - 08 Dec 2022.

10-14 hourswas the average study commitment per week

90%of students felt the study load was manageable

97%of students felt this subject helped them gain relevant skills

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