ESS440 Teaching and Learning in the Differentiated Classroom (8)

This subject develops the knowledge and skills that enable teachers to build and differentiate quality instruction in the inclusive classroom. The subject is a cornerstone of the program as it provides students with an understanding of the scope, depth and quality of practice required to create a successful inclusive classroom/school/setting. This includes understanding the evidence-based foundations of inclusive practice and the design and delivery of approaches that maximise student achievement in inclusive classrooms. The subject focuses on explicit teaching and cooperative learning as examples of inclusive practice given the predominance of teacher led and group instruction in contemporary classroom practice.  Students learn how to build and differentiate these approaches in an inclusive classroom setting. After learning how to build and differentiate instruction, students take up the question and challenge of getting to scale with inclusive practice and begin to explore the kind of effort required to make inclusive practice a sustainable part of a whole school/setting approach to learning and teaching.

Subject availability
Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. 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 Teacher Education
Incompatable Subjects
ESS305 ESS306 ESS419 ESS424 ESS508 ESS509
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the empirical evidence base for direct instruction and cooperative learning as described in the requirement for the Theoretical Reflection Assessment Component;
  • be able to develop a series of five learner outcomes for any unit of study within a curriculum area (i.e. HSIE, science, etc.) or discrete skills such as those found in decoding or maths. The outcomes will include a statement of the condition under which the learning will occur; a clear description of the action required; a clear description of the outcome produced that includes criteria for successful completion or mastery;
  • be able to build two lessons using the evidence-based principles of inclusion (explicit teaching, cooperative learning) and incorporating learning strategies (e.g., task analysis, cognitive strategies, collaborative practice) to lesson design and in doing so situate these pedagogies within their own practice and experience;
  • be able to position a lesson within a curriculum unit and justify its contribution as defined in the lesson justification assessment task;
  • be able to describe the Mulit-Tier Approach (MTA) and evaluate its applicability to the setting in which they work;
  • be able to evaluate the whole-of-organisation implications of evidence-based inclusive practice for a school and apply that evaluation to an educational setting;
  • be able to differentiate their lesson outcomes and designs using exemplars from the three categories of differentiation;
  • be able to develop an applied understanding of the theoretical and research based underpinnings of inclusive teaching strategies and pedagogies as they relate to classroom practice; and,
  • be able to collaborate with peers to receive feedback and develop their lesson designs.
The subject will cover the following topics:
  •  Accurately describe the evidence base for direct instruction and cooperative learning
  •  Building Learner Outcomes
  •  Lesson Development
  •  Sequencing Instruction
  •  Describe the Multi-Tier Approach (MTA) and its application to a school setting
  •  Inclusive Teaching Strategies
  •  Differentiation
  •  Inclusive Practice at Scale
  •  Peer Collaboration
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.