In 2020, EDM8004 is transitioning from an Internship course to a Service Learning Course. This means that students completing EDM8004 in their final semester will complete an Internship and students completing EDM8004 in their third semester will complete a Service Learning experience.
Due to COVID-19 impacts, students may be required to replace their normal EDM8004 placement (Internship or Service Learning) with a supervised placement to accommodate a missed Semester 1, 2020 placement.
Please read below to unpack the requirements of each type of placement.
A service learning placement provides a bridge between the more closely supervised placements and the first year of the education career and is not a formal professional experience supervised placement but rather a flexible experience for preservice teachers. Preservice teachers undertaking a Service Learning placement are encouraged to work across the school setting and may be involved in initiatives and projects the school wishes to implement. The Service Learning Placement can be undertaken at any time during the semester of enrolment either full-time or part-time, subject to the needs of the school.
Each pre-service teacher is fully immersed in the role of the educator at the host site. Such immersion provides the pre-service teacher with, authentic opportunities to demonstrate the responsibilities, skills, attitudes and knowledge required of an emerging professional educator.
Therefore Service Learning experiences can look are highly individualised and can be completed across many areas of the school or even be with just one class and teacher. Within the course you will have the opportunity to discuss options with your course examiner.
Internship (Unsupervised placement)
Student completing an internship will be required to seek the authorisation of a host site to undertake a 20 day professional internship (Complete Form I). In Queensland schools, this will also require an `internship authorisation' from the Queensland College of Teachers, sought on their behalf by the Professional Experience Office. Equivalent processes may be required in other jurisdictions, which will be the responsibility of interns in such situations. In all settings, appropriate arrangements for mentoring, supervision and evaluation will be required as part of the process of approval for proposed placements. Pre-service teachers will undertake lead responsibility for planning and teaching 50% of the normal load of a full-time educator at the site.
The Professional Experience Book for Master of Learning and Teaching (DOC 976KB) is designed to be read in conjunction with the Professional Experience Guide for EDM8004 Internship below.
Supervised Placement (COVID-19 modification)
Students complete a supervised placement if they were impacted by COVID-19 in Semester 1 2020 and were unable to complete their scheduled placement.
The Professional Experience Book for Master of Learning and Teaching (DOC 976KB) is designed to be read in conjunction with the Professional Experience Guide for EDM8004 Supervised placement below.
Feedback reports for Internship and Supervised Placement
Required final report for Internship and Supervised Placement
Reporting Requirements for Service Learning
There is no formal feedback or placement report. Instead students are required to complete and upload to In Place a Service Learning Signed Timesheet.
Please note: As of Semester 1, 2020 it will be mandatory for students undertaking a placement to upload a Final Report to InPlace and Study Desk. Your result will not be released until this has been completed. If you require assistance on uploading your report to InPlace, please click here.