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EDM8004 Teacher Identity

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood


MoLT students pre-requisite: EDM5000 and EDM5001 and EDM8100
GDTL and GDTO students co-requisite: EDG3000

Other requisites

This course must be taken in the last semester of study.
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. State law in Queensland (Australia) requires that all adults working/undertaking professional experience/researching with children under the age of 18 are required to possess a current Positive Exemption card (Blue Card). Also see: //

Students in other Australian states or in overseas contexts need to ensure they have complied with the equivalent requirements and have registered the details with the Professional Experience Office.


In this course, interns will be required to seek the authorisation of a host site to undertake a 20 day professional internship. In Queensland schools, this will also require an `internship authorisation' from the Queensland College of Teachers, sought on their behalf by the Professional Experience Office. Equivalent processes may be required in other jurisdictions, which will be the responsibility of interns in such situations. In all settings, appropriate arrangements for mentoring, supervision and evaluation will be required as part of the process of approval for proposed placements. Pre-service teachers will undertake lead responsibility for planning and teaching 50% of the normal load of a full-time educator at the site. Pre-service teachers will support their Mentor in a secondary role for the remaining 50% of a full-time load, undertaking a range of duties involving the full repertoires of professional practice in which educators engage in schools or the professional community, and conduct of research.

This course expects interns to reflect on their prior learning and professional experiences and critically analyse how these inform their personalised frameworks of professional practice. This analysis will lead to the identification and justification of examples of professional practice that demonstrate their capacity as beginning educators. This justification will be framed against a set of recognised professional standards, supported by relevant literature demonstrating an advanced and integrated understanding of the complexities of education, and articulated through the development of a professional e-porfolio.

Through careful evaluation of the e-portfolio, interns will identify an area of professional practice that they wish to strengthen, justifying their reasoning. After defining this area, a broad and deep critical analysis of research on multiple perspectives of the issue will be conducted and, based on this research, a plan for professional learning and practice designed, implemented and evaluated. The final assessment in this course requires interns to present this process through a professional project presentation to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2015 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 2, 2015 Online