In this unit preservice teachers will acquire a strong understanding of professional and ethical standards that underpin the teaching profession and code of conduct. Specifically, preservice teachers will critically analyse the role and leadership of teachers in secondary settings to understand the multifaceted impact that results from their engagement with others. Incorporating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives that is culturally responsive and ethical, preservice teachers will engage in strong collaboration to navigate ways that bring about a positive change for education settings.


Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Understand and critically analyse theoretical and evidence-based research about ethical issues in teaching and schooling
  • Critically evaluate legal and regulatory matters in global and local education policy and leadership
  • Plan for teaching and assessing student learning based on ethics, integrity and professionalism aligned with jurisdictional curriculum and regulatory expectations.
  • Apply ethical and professional considerations to problem-solve and provide solutions to practical educational scenarios
  • Critically examine ethical approaches to working in partnership with industry, colleagues, communities and families for positive development and professional growth.

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
2.00 6 weeks 12
Online Contact (Phasing out)
Online Class
1.00 12 weeks 12
Specified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
4.00 12 weeks 48
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
6.50 12 weeks 78

Swinburne Online

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Directed Online Learning and Independent Learning
12.50 12 weeks 150


Type Task Weighting ULO's
EssayIndividual 40% 1,2 
PresentationGroup 60% 3,4,5 


•    Ethics, validity and fairness in assessment and teaching
•    Ethical issues around democracy and cultural diversity
•    The objectivity of values and professional values
•    Teaching competence and teacher scrutiny
•    Professionalism and notions of schooling
•    Regularly vs legal functions in education and training, employment and leadership
•    Teachers as role-models and suitability to teach: ethical issues related to character and health
•    Ethical issues of freedom, equity and punishment: managing challenging classroom interactions
•    Multiple ways of knowing and being as a teacher (incorporating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in teaching and leadership)
•    Regulatory obligations in professional practice
•    Local and global policy influences, including the impact of standardisation
•    Policy development at a school and local community level; enhancing professional partnerships
•    Workplace Health and Safety in the teaching profession

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.