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EDM8004 Teacher Identity

Short Description: Teacher Identity
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: EDM5000 and EDM5001 and EDM8100 and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MOLT

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Where a student is denied approval for a blue card, enrolment in any initial teacher education program will be withdrawn (refer to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


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-portfolio.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2019 External
Semester 2, 2019 External