SCU OnlineStudy Period 4Study Period 4

Unit description

Introduces students to the concept of the professional learning community and the research literature on successful elements of professional learning. Explores appraisal and performance frameworks as means of monitoring and promoting professional learning. Encourages the development of a culture of reflective practice as an essential part of quality leadership in education.

Unit content

Topic 1: Leading teaching and learning in schools. 

Topic 2: Building a professional learning community.

Topic 3: The educational leader as learner: Developing self reflexivity. 

Topic 4: Appraisal and performance frameworks and the AITSL Standards. 

Topic 5: Internal and external professional development for teachers and leaders. 

Topic 6: Learning from teachers, students, parents and the community.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Study Period 4

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

SCU Online (intensive)

Teaching method
Structured online learning
Discussion board5%
Reflective writing50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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