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EDC4000 Preparing for the Profession

Short Description: Preparing for the Profession
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 : 070100 - Teacher Education
Grading basis : Graded


Pre-requisite: ECP4100 or EDE4103 or EDP4130 or EDS4401 and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BEDU

Other requisites

This course should be taken in the final semester of enrolment in the intern’s pre-service teacher education program and must be taken after or in conjunction with any other required courses in their program.

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

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. Please refer to

Where a student is denied approval for a blue card, enrolment in any initial teacher education program will be withdrawn.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


This fourth-year second semester capstone course requires pre-service teachers to undertake a 20-days unsupervised professional placement. The unsupervised nature of this placement allows the pre-service teacher the opportunity to autonomously conduct the work of a teacher across the full gamut of Australian Professional Standards. It is also an opportunity to hone their skills and gain valuable feedback from their mentors and other education professionals to round out their other supervised professional experiences. Pre-service teachers are also expected to create an electronic portfolio which showcases examples of their practice, highlighting their competence against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: Graduate Level. By doing this they must also demonstrate how theory underpins and guides their actions in the classroom. Other sector-specific modules based on Career Readiness and Professional Engagement are situated within the course, requiring development of a strong understanding of key policy and practice within the Queensland education setting.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2019 External
Semester 2, 2019 External
Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Springfield
Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 3, 2019 External