Courses & Units

Shadowing for Aspiring Principals ESM762



This unit is only available to those students who have undertaken the comparable Professional learning Institute unit.


This unit is aligned to theShadowing for Aspiring Principals

professional learning program from the Department of Education. The nationally recognised program takes account of contemporary learning models for the development of future principals. It provides participants with an understanding of the practices that underpin the work of effective principals. Aspiring principals develop a self-understanding of their leadership style and emotional intelligence skills and enrich their capability to become a school principal.

The key components of the program for aspiring principals include:

  • Completing a self-assessment tool using the Australian Professional Standard for Principals Reflection Tool
  • Accessing professional learning and skill development through reading, discussions, networks, and case studies
  • Observing another principal by engaging in a continuous shadowing experience for up to five days, plus follow-up reflective conversations
  • Examining various leadership pathways to the principalship
  • Working with a trusted colleague to learn what effective principals do
  • Being exposed to other leadership styles
  • Developing a school leadership action research learning project.


Unit name Shadowing for Aspiring Principals
Unit code ESM762
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Education
Discipline School of Education
Teaching staff

Associate Professor Sharon Fraser

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Spring school (extended) Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Units are offered as On-campus where the majority of teaching will occur at the campus identified.  Units offered Off-campus generally have no requirement for attendance at a physical university campus unless the unit has practical or fieldwork components*:  the campus indicated for an Off-Campus unit is the one at which teaching is administered from.

*Please read the Unit Introduction in the Course and Unit Handbook for attendance requirements for units offered in Off-campus mode.

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Spring school (extended) 30/10/2017 23/11/2017 22/12/2017 13/2/2018

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

About Census Dates



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $793.00 2017: $1,903.00 079999

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.


Teaching Pattern

Fully online


Satisfactory participation in / completion ofShadowing for Aspiring Principals

course (50%). Critical Reflection (50%)
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