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ESP2200 Senior 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 : 30 September 2023


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


In Semester 3, 2023 this course will be delivered as a Transition (9 week) semester, commencing on 13 November 2023 and concluding on 12 January 2024.

This course acknowledges the senior phase of learning as a significant juncture in the schooling of students. Through providing learning about the distinct needs of learners in the senior years, it builds the capacity for pre-service teachers to understand and adopt strategies that will strengthen year 11 and 12 student participation, engagement and attainment. The course prepares pre-service teachers for teaching in the senior phase by investigating the external issues, initiatives, reforms and policies that typically impact teaching practice in the senior years. Pre-service teachers will be expected to analyse these influences and consider how to assimilate them into their pedagogical practice.

This course includes a Professional Experience placement of 15 days where pre-service teachers are expected to demonstrate the ability to engage within the senior secondary environment.

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. 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 External
Transition Semester 3, 2023 9W External
Date printed 30 September 2023