EPT241 Professional Experience - Introduction to the Secondary Context (8)

This subject provides teacher education students with the opportunity to commence exploring the relationship between practical and disciplinary knowledge of teaching. They will do this in preparation for, and during a professional experience teaching placement of up to 20 days (as required by accreditation requirements and approved by the Course Director). As they complete the preparatory phase of the subject, teacher education students will engage with issues of teaching and learning, classroom and behaviour management, planning and assessment. Workplace Health and Safety and risk management in the teaching and learning environment will also be a focus. There is an expectation that teacher education students will ensure their developing understandings of appropriate curriculum, and adolescence and social justice issues, are reflected in the teaching placements undertaken in secondary school contexts.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EPT241. 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

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (Health and PE), Bachelor of Education (K-12), Bachelor of Education (Secondary) Industry Entry Program, Bachelor of Education (Technology and Applied Studies), and Bachelor of Outdoor Education courses or as approved by the Course Director.
This subject is not available to students who have completed subjects EPT123 and EPT113.


EMA441 or EMH441 or EML441 or EML443 or EMM441 or EMR441 or EMS441 or EMT445

Subject Relationships

EMA441 Prerequisite
EMT445 Prerequisite
EML441 Prerequisite
EMR441 Prerequisite
EML443 Prerequisite
EMM441 Prerequisite
EPT113 Rendered incompatible by professional experience requirements.
EPT123 Rendered incompatible by professional experience requirements.
EMH441 Prerequisite
EMS441 Prerequisite

Incompatible Subjects

EPT113, EPT123

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to plan, implement and assess student learning in a sequence of lessons that will cater for students' learning needs;
  • be able to demonstrate beginning skills essential for clear communication, managing student learning, learning environments and professional relationships;
  • be able to display a developing awareness of a range of effective teaching strategies to cater for adolescent learners;
  • be able to explain and provide 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 professional experience placements;
  • be able to identify, assess and manage risk to create a safe class environment in their area of specialisation; and
  • be able to have achieved an overall rating of satisfactory in a professional experience placement of up to 20 days (as required for accreditation and approved by the Course Director).


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The collaborative nature of teacher's work
  • The complex and diverse nature of school and other educational settings
  • Practice of teaching: planning, teaching, assessing and reflecting
  • Lesson planning using quality teaching pedagogical and assessment frameworks
  • Communication: verbal and non-verbal
  • Reflective practice, evidence of practice and portfolio development
  • Ethical practice and professional responsibilities
  • Placement requirements and expectations
  • Managing learning environments including risk management
  • Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EPT241 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 smart goals
Professional experience placement final report

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 20 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

A professional experience placement in a secondary school setting of up to 20 days as required for accreditation and approved by the Course Director. 

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.