EPT329 Working Within The Community (8)

The predominant space for learning in this subject is the professional experience placement. The teaching placement will involve up to 30 days in a secondary school under the supervision of an associate teacher. Pre-service teachers will build on the pedagogical knowledge and skills gained through previous classroom experiences and study. A key focus will be progression toward attaining the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the graduate level. This progress will be reflected upon and documented with supporting evidence in a portfolio prior to, during, and after the professional experience placement.

In preparation for the professional placement, this subject will explore the benefits, challenges, and skills needed for fostering positive communication and educational partnerships with young people, parents and families within communities. The professional experience will enable pre-service teachers to observe interactions between school, home and community contexts, and recognise the pivotal role of education to the wellbeing of children, families and communities.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EPT329. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Education

Enrolment Restrictions

Students enrolled in Bachelor of Education (K-12); Bachelor of Education (Health & PE); Bachelor of Education (TAS); Bachelor of Education (Secondary)-Industry Entry;  Bachelor of Outdoor Education or as approved by the Course Director.


EPT218 or EPT123 or EPT241

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply a range of teaching and learning strategies;
  • be able to demonstrate capacity to work collaboratively;
  • be able to explain the development and implementation of approaches to engaging and working with young people, families, and communities;
  • be able to demonstrate an applied knowledge of and provide evidence of growth as a teaching professional in relation to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers; and,
  • have satisfactorily completed a professional experience placement (up to 30 days).


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Professional portfolios;
  • Review of progress toward the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers;
  • Subject links to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers;
  • Strategies for engaging with young people, families and communities;
  • Fostering positive partnerships and networking with families and communities; and
  • Participation in the teaching context, observing and critically reflecting on practice.

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 30 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

This subject will involve up to 30 days in a school setting as required for accreditation.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.