USQ Logo
The current and official versions of the course specifications are available on the web at
Please consult the web for updates that may occur during the year.

EPF3100 Teaching in Alternative Contexts

Short Description: Teach in Alternative Contexts
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 : 7 December 2021


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU (Primary) or BPED
Enrolment is not permitted in EPF3100 if EDC2300 has been previously completed

Other Requisites

Students enrolling in courses which do not follow the recommended enrolment pattern cannot be assured of a developmental learning experience or program completion within their preferred timeframe.


Teaching in Alternative Contexts utilises a case-based approach to immerse pre-service teachers in a number of relevant alternative educational contexts. The types of contexts explored will include rural and remote or isolated schools, alternative or flexi-schools, and schools of distance education, among others. Pre-service teachers will develop knowledge and skills needed to work successfully within the complex nature of these locations, with a particular focus on structure, situated pedagogy, stakeholder relationships, personal attributes for success, and most importantly, learners. The case-based nature of the course requires pre-service teachers to draw upon their previous learning and professional experience from within their program to effectively identify key contextual features within each setting, and develop appropriate strategies in response. Pre-service teachers will collaborate to investigate one of these particular alternative contexts in-depth, culminating in a peer-to-peer professional learning opportunity. The course will use a social justice lens to explore the influence of diverse cultural and linguistic learner backgrounds; poverty; and systemic access to support mechanisms on a range of school communities.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2021 On-campus Springfield
Semester 2, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 2, 2021 Online
Semester 3, 2021 Online
Date printed 7 December 2021