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EDP2222 The Roles of the Teacher 2

Semester 2, 2020 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: The Roles of the Teacher 2
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : National Priority - Teaching
ASCED code : 070103 - Teacher Education: Primary
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 February 2020


Examiner: Christopher Dann


Pre-requisite: EDP2111 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU (Primary) or BPED

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 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 OR exemption card
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

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

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

Where a student is denied approval for a blue card, enrolment in any initial teacher education program will be withdrawn (refer to
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


Research indicates the importance of professional experience that commences early in teacher education and is highly integrated with university-based teaching (ACER, 2014). The suite of eight Practice meets Theory courses create the structure around which the four-year Education Degree is developed. Each year there are two opportunities to connect to real-world teaching contexts through professional experience and theoretical knowledge in a carefully sequenced approach to developmental needs. In this fourth Practice meets Theory course, the focus is upon building the capacity of pre-service teachers through investigating and practising the multiple roles of teachers. This will occur by providing opportunity for pre-service teachers to strengthen their understanding of learning in order to identify diverse needs and apply consideration in their planning for teaching.


Recognising the multiple roles of a teacher and the resultant complexity of teaching features in this course, pre-service teachers further develop an understanding of the demands of the profession, and investigate the variance in learners and the significance of planning to provide quality learning opportunities for all learners. Furthermore, they recognise that managing and responding to challenging learner behaviour is essential to maintain a supportive learning environment. Pre-service teachers design a sequence of lesson plans and formative assessment tasks that provide specific learning opportunities to a learner with a distinctive need.

A 10-day professional experience placement is attached to this course. For full details of the Professional Experience particulars, please refer to the Professional Experience website and the Professional Experience Book.


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. gather and interpret data, through moderation, and apply understanding to ensure inclusive practice and personalised learning (APST 1.5, 1.6);
  2. identify the diverse needs (physical, socio-emotional and intellectual development characteristics) of learners and plan and implement interventions based on the collection and analysis of data (APST 1.1, 3.1 ,4.1);
  3. engage with professional colleagues to reflect on inclusive teaching and learning practices (APST 6.2, 6.3,);
  4. design an intervention consisting of a series of connected lesson plans and ongoing assessment, incorporating targeted teaching and management strategies and appropriate use of resources (APST 1.5, 2.3, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4);
  5. acquire and apply a repertoire of strategies for the support of student wellbeing, safety and management of challenging learner behaviour (APST 4.3, 4.4);
  6. demonstrate professionalism during pre-service teacher placements through the ongoing practice and assessment of pre-service teacher professional practice. (1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 3.2, 3.3,3.4,3.5, 4.2, 5.2, 7.1, 7.2).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Profiling learners to understand the individual and the diversity of the class group 30.00
2. Using and Analyising formal and informal data 20.00
3. Applying formative data to teaching practice 20.00
4. Exploring practices to cater for diversity including cooperative learning approaches and developing self-regulated learners 10.00
5. Planning for differentiation 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). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Fisk, Selina 2019, Using and Analysing Data in Australian Schools: Why, How and What, Hawker Brownlow.

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
ASSIGNMENT 1 30 30 07 Aug 2020
ASSIGNMENT 2 20 20 21 Aug 2020
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 1 1 13 Oct 2020 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 3 49 49 23 Oct 2020

  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.

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 (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

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

  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.

  2. Low enrolment numbers: Should enrolments not reach the minimum number required for on-campus study, students may be transferred to the ONLINE/EXTERNAL offering and advised of this change before semester commences.

  3. Students planning to undertake EPP3100 Practising as a Professional Teacher 1 next year are required to enrol by the end of Semester 2 of this current year. Please refer carefully to the EPP3100 Course Specification for details. Failure to enrol on time may result in a delay to program completion.

Date printed 27 February 2020