EER504 Contemporary Education Professionals (8)

This compulsory subject is designed to introduce students to Masters level study in education 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 being a contemporary education professional across a range of contexts in order to formulate personal professional learning goals. 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.


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

Only available to students in the Master of Education (generic and with specialisations).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to analyse developments in education with reference to research and evidence from a range of contexts;
  • be able to evaluate information, concepts and theories that justify professional practice; and
  • be able to formulate personal professional learning goals through a reflection on personal capabilities, research, professional standards and feedback.
  • be able to demonstrate critical reflection in the preparation and maintenance of an e-Portfolio as a learning and assessment tool.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to key technologies and processes to facilitate learning in the subject including Interact 2, PebblePad and personal professional goal setting
  • Contexts of contemporary education
  • Key concepts and issues in contemporary education, including notions of education as a profession, politics, ideology and curriculum, reflective practice, globalisation, diversity and new technologies
  • 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)
  • Locating and critically engaging with education research and literature
  • The process of critical reflection and the role of e-Portfolios
  • Planning and implementing inquiries into personal practice

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EER504 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Issues in education in the 21st century

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.