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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 : Band 1
ASCED code : 070199 - Teacher Education not elsewher
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 1 December 2021


Pre-requisite: ECP4100 or EDE4103 or EDP4130 or EDS4401 or EDU4100 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU or BEED or BPED or BSED

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.

1. For the semester 3 offer, early enrolment is required to secure your placement for the commencement of the school year (which may include pupil free days).
2. Enrolment is required by the end of the first week of November the previous year.
3. Your Blue Card needs to be current and have an expiry date beyond the semester of offer, or your full and complete application for Blue Card renewal has been submitted to USQ prior to your enrolment.
4. You must contact your mentor and negotiate your attendance prior to the completion of the previous school year.

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

Students need to lodge their blue card application or renewal online . Students will need to register with blue card services and validate their identification online. If successful, the student will be provided an online account number to send to the Professional Experience Team to ensure there are no delays with their placement. Students will not be able to commence their placement without a current blue card. USQ recommends students lodge their renewal at least 28 days prior to the expiry of their current card.

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


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, 2021 External
Semester 2, 2021 On-campus Springfield
Semester 2, 2021 External
Semester 2, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 3, 2021 External
Date printed 1 December 2021