EER504 Education as a Profession in the 21st Century (8)

This compulsory subject is designed to introduce students to Masters level study and the concepts, skills and capacities necessary to ensure success in future learning at this level.  Students in this subject will examine core concepts about education as a profession in a range of contexts in the 21st Century. They will investigate issues and develop skills of critical analysis and reflection as they engage with diverse materials and with each other during the subject. Students will reflect on their new understandings and learnings through the lens of their own contexts, experiences and beliefs. A further core element of this subject is the development of skills to use ICTs and digital technologies to support learning throughout the Masters program and in the preparation of an ongoing e-Portfolio.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 3 (90)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EER504. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Education

Enrolment Restrictions

Available to students in the Master of Education.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • critically engage with key concepts related to education and education issues in the 21st Century;
  • articulate understandings about the nature of education as a profession in the 21st Century in terms of research and practice in a range of contexts;
  • demonstrate appropriate skills for tertiary study at Masters level, including locating and reading research, planning and implementing inquiries into new practices and education issues, and using available ICTs and technologies to facilitate their learning;
  • demonstrate critical reflection in the preparation and maintenance of an ePortfolio as a learning and assessment tool;
  • apply new learning to their work environment, critically reflect on its efficacy and through this connect theory and practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:

  1. Introduction to key technologies and processes to facilitate learning in the subject  including Interact and PebblePad.
  2. Contexts of education in the 21st Century.
  3. Key concepts and issues in education in the 21st Century, including notions of education as a profession, politics, ideology and curriculum, reflective practice, globalisation, diversity and new technologies.
  4. Critical assessment of these issues across educational contexts (e.g. early childhood, adult and community education, medical and allied health and primary/secondary teaching and administration).
  5. Locating and critically engaging with education research and literature.
  6. The process of critical reflection and the role of e-Portfolios.
  7. Planning and implementing inquiries into personal practice.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.