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EDS2401 Junior Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Education
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 4 October 2023


Pre-requisite: EDU1100 or ESP1200 or EDC1400 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU or BSED
Co-requisite: ESB2100


This course further builds on understandings of the professional practice of teaching. This course is required under the Professional Standards for Teachers in relation to planning units and therefore organising and sequencing subject content for effective learning experiences. A key consideration is that curriculum and pedagogy should be designed to be developmentally responsive and meet the diverse needs of junior secondary learners. This course includes a Professional Experience placement of fifteen (15) days where pre-service teachers are expected to demonstrate the ability to plan lesson sequences.

This course prepares pre-service teachers to design and construct developmentally responsive curriculum and pedagogy for junior secondary learners. In the process, it emphasises the need to be aware of key developmental touchstones and to meet the diverse needs of learners. The course caters for the range of maturational variation among young adolescences and recognises the implications of transition from primary to secondary schooling. The course explores why effective design of curriculum and pedagogy, including embedded ICTs, promotes effective schooling and how local education can be shaped to meet specific learning needs, including the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners.

A 15-day professional experience placement is attached to this course. Students need to pass the competency Assessment in this Course and reach a total passing Mark of 50% to be awarded a passing Grade in this course. Failure of the Professional Experience component will result in a fail grade for the course, regardless of the graded mark. Full details of the Professional Experience particulars can be found on the Professional Experience website and in the Professional Experience Book.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Springfield
Semester 1, 2023 External
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 2, 2023 External
Date printed 4 October 2023