|Short Description:||Social&Emotional Wellbeing Sec|
|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 :||5 March 2021|
Pre-requisite: EDS2401 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU or BSED
It is highly recommended this course be undertaken after successfully completing at least four teaching area courses - two 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.
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. https://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/academic/education-placements/blue-cards
Where a student is denied approval for a blue card, enrolment in any initial teacher education program will be withdrawn (refer to https://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/disqualification.html).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).
This course is designed to prepare pre-service teachers for teaching positions in secondary schools by helping them to develop an awareness of the nature of risk and the protective factors that impact on students' social and emotional wellbeing and mental health. Pre-service teachers will participate in a range of learning activities to develop knowledge of the warning signs of mental health problems and/or illness, and the curriculum and pedagogical approaches that promote wellbeing in school communities. Pre-service teachers will learn how to respond to students showing signs of distress, in particular distress related to bullying or cyberbullying. A health promotion model will be introduced and pre-service teachers will explore practical and innovative ways to promote health-enhancing cultures in their classrooms, through curriculum, and in school communities. The value of initiatives that enhance academic outcomes through social and emotional learning in the classroom will feature as a way to motivate schools to generate and implement policies dealing with social and emotional wellbeing. Pre-service teachers will explore the implications of teacher wellbeing as a precursor to promoting health in school communities.
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.