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EPP3200 Practising as a Professional Teacher 2

Semester 1, 2019 External
Short Description: Professional Teacher 2
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Student contribution band : National Priority - Teaching
ASCED code : 070199 - Teacher Education not elsewher
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: Jennifer McIntyre

Requisites

Pre-requisite: EDP2111 and (EDP2222 or SPE3001 or EDH2254 or SPE3005) and Students must be enrolled in: BEDU (Primary) or BEDU (HPE Primary) or BEDU (SHPE Primary)
Enrolment is not permitted in EPP3200 if EDP3333 has been previously completed

Other requisites

Students must have successfully completed the entire previous year’s Professional Experience courses in order to enrol in this course. Students must be available for a prescribed period of time to undertake a placement in a school or other approved site as required in this course.

Before commencing this course students will be assumed to have read the full details of Professional Experience particulars and familiarised themselves with the requirements. Please see the Education Placement Professional Experience website https://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/assessment/professional-experience and the Professional Experience Book for full details.

State law in Queensland (Australia) requires that all adults working/undertaking professional experience/researching with children under the age of 18, in the state of Queensland must hold a valid blue card http://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/volunteers/doineedabluecard.html OR exemption card http://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/faqs/exemption-card-faqs.html.
If undertaking placement outside of Queensland you must ensure that all relevant checks are completed and evidence of this is provided to the Professional Experience office http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/assessment/professional-experience.

Provided a blue card renewal application has been submitted at least 30 days before expiry of the current card, the blue card will remain active while the renewal application is processed (details available at https://bluecard.qld.gov.au/volunteers/whendoineedtoapply.html).

Blue Card Services cannot process a form dated more than 16 weeks prior to lodgement. In addition, a representative of USQ or a Justice of the Peace, must sight the applicant’s identification documents and check the information on the form, before signing and dating the USQ declaration (refer to https://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/assessment/education-placements/blue-card).

Where a student is denied approval for a blue card, enrolment in any initial teacher education program will be withdrawn (refer to https://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/disqualification.html).
If undertaking Professional Experience outside of Queensland, students are advised to check the Working with Children requirements of the state within which Professional Experience will be undertaken (refer to https://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/assessment/education-placements/working-with-children).

Rationale

Preparation of pre-service teachers for the purpose of being ‘classroom ready’ is a priority of Initial Teacher Education. The research also indicates the importance of multiple opportunities for professional experience that is highly integrated with university-based teaching (ACER, 2014). The eight Practice meets Theory courses create the structure around which the four-year Education Degree is developed. In third year Practice meets Theory coursework, the focus is upon the work of the teacher as a professional applying previous skills and understanding the extended professions that support a school community. Pre-service teachers, as learners themselves, interact with learners and school staff to learn through and with others and to reflect deeply upon their personal strengths and challenges they will face as teachers.

Synopsis

Contemporary classrooms are complex environments where learners present with a diverse range of backgrounds and needs. This sixth Practice meets Theory course will extend pre-service teachers knowledge of unit planning to include term planning across multiple learning areas to create holistic and connected learning experiences. Pre-service teachers will further develop their understanding of assessment, moderation and reporting practices. The professional experience component within this course requires pre-service teachers to collect and analyse learner data and develop a class profile which will inform their teaching practice during the 15-day placement. For full details of the professional experience particulars, refer to the Professional Experience website and the Professional Experience Book.

Objectives

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course in accordance with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership’s (AITSL) Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST). On successful completion of this course pre-service teachers should be able to:

  1. cater for all learners’ needs in planning (including considerations for ATSI, disabilities and diverse backgrounds as they present in contexts) and demonstrate an understanding of how learners learn (APST 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5)
  2. organise content into an effective L&T sequence across multiple learning areas (term plan) (APST 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.6)
  3. organise content into an effective L&T sequence including authentic assessment of learning, provide feedback to learners and make consistent and comparable judgements, interpret learner data, report on learner achievement to students, parents and carers and keep accurate and reliable records (APST 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5)
  4. explain connection between theory and a personal understanding of how students learn, consider the implications this has upon future teaching practice (APST 1.1, 1.2, 6.4)
  5. describe connection to your professional behaviour and ethical responsibility, systemic and legislative requirements for teachers and the wellbeing and safety of students (APST 4.4, 7.1, 7.2).

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Practising as a professional teacher 10.00
2. Universal Design for Learning: planning a unit of work for your whole class 20.00
3. Selecting judiciously from the continuum of instruction in order to meet learner needs and local contextual priorities 15.00
4. Advanced practices in collecting and using student data to inform teaching and learning 15.00
5.
  1. Designing term plans aligning multiple learning areas (model and deconstruct)
  2. Exploring pedagogical frameworks and legislation impacting student safety and wellbeing and teacher behaviour
20.00
6. Identifying opportunities and appropriate methods of assessment, moderation, providing feedback and reporting on learner progress 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2019&sem=01&subject1=EPP3200)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 1 1 05 Apr 2019 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 1 50 50 03 May 2019 (see note 2)
ASSIGNMENT 2 49 49 07 Jun 2019

Notes
  1. Students must successfully complete the professional experience to be eligible for a passing grade for this course. A mark of one (1) indicates you have passed the Professional Experience component. A mark of zero (0) indicates you have not passed the Professional Experience component. Professional Experience should be conducted as per the Professional Experience Calendar unless approval has been granted by the Program Coordinator.
  2. Part A and Part B share due date.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each item in addition to the successful completion of the Professional Experience component. Failure of the Professional Experience component will result in a Fail grade for this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must successfully complete the Professional Experience component and must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course. Failure of the Professional Experience component will result in a Fail grade for this course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ library's referencing guide. This guide can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.

  2. Students are required to demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of academic language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation, and referencing in all assessment responses. Marks allocated to the aforementioned criteria will be specified in the criteria for assessment of all assessment items.

  3. Students are required to submit ALL assignments to evidence meeting or exceeding the mandatory requirements of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APSTs).

  4. Professional Experience is a compulsory component of this course and integral to completion of the assessment tasks. Dates for each Professional Experience course are selected to support students’ capacity to apply the theory of the coursework in the Professional Experience placement. Students are advised not to select a course that includes Professional Experience in a semester where they are unable to meet the specified requirements of Professional Experience. Any application for a ‘change of dates’ for Professional Experience placement must qualify for consideration under the conditions of the USQ Assessment Extension Policy. An unsupported application will delay program completion.

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement
2. forms part of the Bachelor of Education and is benchmarked against the:

  1. internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review
  2. Queensland College of Teachers
  3. Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

Other requirements

  1. Participation: Students can expect it will be necessary to participate in and contribute to a range of learning opportunities in this course including online study activities, lectures, tutorials, seminar presentations, group discussions and self-directed study activities in order to apply the coursework that will enable quality assessment tasks to be submitted as evidence of professional development.