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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 : Band 1
ASCED code : 070199 - Teacher Education not elsewher
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 5 December 2021


Pre-requisite: EDM5000 and EDM5001 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MOLT or MPLT or MSLT

Other Requisites

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Where a student is denied approval for a blue card, enrolment in any initial teacher education program will be withdrawn (refer to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


In this course, preservice teachers will be required to seek the authorisation of a host site to undertake a 50 hour service learning placement. In all settings, appropriate arrangements for mentoring, supervision and evaluation will be required as part of the process of approval for proposed placements. Preservice teachers will undertake an action research project. Preservice teachers will, undertake 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 preservice teachers 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. They will also identify and plan for future learning needs. This justification will be framed against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career Stage) 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.

Teachers are required to understand and apply key principles of codes of ethics and conduct as well as to understand relevant legislative, administrative and organisational policies and processes. During this course, preservice teachers will be given access to a range of professional learning opportunities from industry partners. They will reflect upon these opportunities and their key message and examine the implications each has on their development as beginning teachers.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2021 External
Semester 2, 2021 External
Semester 3, 2021 External
Date printed 5 December 2021