|Short Description:||The Beginning Teacher|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Education|
|Student contribution band :||National Priority - Teaching|
|ASCED code :||070105 - Teacher Education: Secondary|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||1 June 2020|
Pre-requisite: ESF1100 or EDC1200 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU or BSED
Enrolment is not permitted in ESP1200 if EDC1400 has been previously completed
It is highly recommended this course be undertaken after successfully completing two teaching area courses - one from each area.
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).
The aim of this course is to prepare pre-service teachers to effectively engage students in learning. This course provides pre-service teachers with the opportunity to understand the educational goals that underpin teaching practices and in the process, develop and apply knowledge of lesson planning within the classroom context. Additionally, this course introduces pre-service teachers to a range of teaching strategies and discusses the relevance of each for effective learning. The Beginning Teacher has a focus on pedagogical frameworks and the philosophical basis of teaching strategies in order to rationalise planning decisions in relation to classroom contexts. A key consideration for lesson planning is the use of logical sequencing of learning experiences with respect to knowledge of how students learn.
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.