Courses & Units

Foundations of Teaching EMT502

Please note - EMT502 Foundations of Teaching is the co-requisite theory unit for EMT500/EMT513 Professional Experience 1. Co-requisite units must be either enrolled concurrently or the theory component (EMT502) successfully completed in a prior semester of study. If you have not met the theory requirements, you will be ineligible for Professional Experience 1.


Foundations of Teaching introduces you to the study of teaching as a profession and dimensions of teacher relationships and work. Through acquiring skills to reflect critically on your assumptions based on past educational experiences and attitudes and beliefs about teaching and teachers, you will have the opportunity to engage at a deep level with both research and your new experiences of teaching. Content explored in this unit relates to teacher reflection, teacher professionalism, teaching strategies, teacher gratitude, and the pragmatics of teachers' work such as establishing a positive and supportive classroom environment, communication as a teacher, and observation skills. Your participation in this unit therefore establishes a sound base to develop your knowledge and professional practice for the duration of the course and into the future.


Unit name Foundations of Teaching
Unit code EMT502
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education
Coordinator Doctor Donna Satterthwait
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • reflect critically on your knowledge of teaching in relation to current research and on yourself as a developing teacher.
  • execute responsibility for your learning about the teaching profession and your development as a teacher who has advanced cognitive, creative, and critical skills.
  • engage critically with content to create knowledge, and clearly communicate concepts and ideas to an intended audience.
  • recognise important processes and protocols relating to participation in professional experience in schools.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
070103 $555.00 $555.00 not applicable $2,324.00

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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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AssessmentAssessment Task 1: Introductory Letter (10%)|Assessment Task 2: Academic Essay (40%)|Assessment Task 3: Observation, Reflection and Engagement (50%)
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