EPT218 Student Learning and Engagement (8)

This subject examines the nature of the school environment and introduces teacher education students to the ways in which teachers plan for effective learning and communicate as professionals in this environment. Students will engage with strategies for teaching and learning, classroom management, planning and assessment. Students will undertake 15 days of supervised placement in a primary classroom. During this placement, students will apply their developing understandings of curriculum, child development and the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers in their planning and teaching, and utilise a range of effective learning and assessment strategies to cater for diverse learners.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EPT218. 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

This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (K-12) course or as approved by the Course Director.


( LIT101 or LIT114 or LIT221 or LIT224 ) and ( MTH100 or MTH101 or MTH105 or MTH110 )

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to plan and implement learning activities for effective teaching and learning;
  • be able to demonstrate beginning skills essential for clear communication, managing student learning, learning environments and professional relationships;
  • be able to engage in critical enquiry and dialogue with a range of educational professionals such as subject coordinator, university liaison officer and supervising teacher;
  • be able to apply a range of effective teaching strategies in the design and implementation of lessons;
  • be able to create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments;
  • be able to assess and provide feedback on student learning;
  • be able to create a folio of evidence of development towards achieving the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers;
  • be able to reflect on their development as a teacher and establish learning goals for their professional experience placement; and
  • be able to report an overall rating of satisfactory in a professional experience placement of 15 days in a primary classroom.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The collaborative nature of teachers' work
  • The Australian Curriculum and NSW syllabuses
  • Practice of teaching: planning, teaching, reflecting and assessing
  • Lesson planning using quality teaching pedagogical and assessment frameworks
  • Communication
  • Creating and maintaining supportive and safe learning environments
  • Assessing, and providing feedback to students
  • Reflective practice, goal setting, evidence of practice and portfolio development
  • Ethical practice and professional responsibilities
  • Placement requirements and expectations
  • Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EPT218 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Professional teaching portfolio
Professional experience report: primary school

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 15 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

A professional experience placement of 15 days in a primary school setting

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.