EPT508 Professional Experience Research (8)

This capstone subject is the final subject in the Master of Teaching courses and draws on teacher education students' cumulative learning from across the coursework components of the degree and includes the final professional experience placement. During this professional experience placement students will complete a Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA) in which they will demonstrate they have met the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) at graduate level. They will also be required to submit evidence of their practice (planning, teaching, assessing and reflecting) and evaluate their impact on school students' learning.

Student's satisfactory completion of the TPA is a requirement for graduation from their teacher education program.


Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EPT508. 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 must be enrolled in the Master of Teaching (Secondary) or the Master of Teaching (Primary) degree.

Not available to students who have completed EPT433 and or EPT442.


EPT432 or EPT441

Subject Relationships

ESS509 Paired Subject
EPT433 Incompatible Subject
EPT441 Prerequisite Subject
EPT432 Prerequisite Subject
EPT442 Incompatible Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate achievement of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at graduate level during 30 days of professional experience in a primary classroom setting and satisfactory completion of the TPA;
  • be able to justify (or support) appropriate teaching and learning sequences with student data, including NAPLAN results;
  • be able to apply current models of pedagogy and strategies appropriate to the context and stage, to cater for the diverse needs of learners;
  • be able to reflect on and appraise the impact of their teaching on student outcomes, drawing on relevant theory and evidence collected; and
  • be able to formulate a plan to address professional learning needs to modify and improve future teaching and progress student learning.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
  • Preparing for placement; requirements and the responsibilities of a being a classroom teacher
  • Development of SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time) professional goals
  • Expectations for a 30 day professional experience placement
  • Interpreting student data
  • Effective feed forward and feedback on student learning
  • Analysing student work
  • Learning Intentions
  • Recording and reporting student achievement
  • Evaluating and improving teaching programs
  • TPA requirements: folio of annotated evidence and a report or narrative of their case study in a multimodal text

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EPT508 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 experience goals for placement
Tpa e1:part a - smart goal and implementation plan
Professional experience report
Tpa e1: part b- multimedia presentation & evidence
Tpa element 2 - professional teaching portfolio

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 30 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

30 days professional experience in a primary or secondary 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.