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ESP2200 Senior Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy

Short Description: Snr Secondry Crclum & Pedagogy
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 : 070105 - Teacher Education: Secondary
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 7 December 2021


Pre-requisite: ESP3100 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Program: BEDU or BSED
Enrolment is not permitted in ESP2200 if EDS3450 has been previously completed

Other Requisites

It is highly recommended this course be undertaken after successfully completing six teaching area courses - three from each area.

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 course aims to build pre-service teachers' understanding of issues that impact the senior school and enhance their confidence to deal with senior schooling issues. Pre-service teachers will gain an understanding on how to respond to organisational requirements. This will include covering mandated subject content and aligning curriculum, assessment and pedagogy. Pre-service teachers will also develop their understanding of effective planning for effective teaching, including learning to plan across school, unit and lesson levels, as well as sequencing learning experiences, integrating assessment for learning and providing feedback as a learning tool.

A 15-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.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Springfield
Semester 1, 2021 External
Semester 3, 2021 External
Date printed 7 December 2021