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EDET100 Effective Teaching 1: Becoming a Teacher


EDET101 Effective Teaching 2: Curriculum, Planning and Pedagogy , EDFX242 Education Studies and Professional Experience 2: Building Positive Relationships

Unit rationale, description and aim

Includes: 15-day placement in an educational setting.

Teachers need to be able to develop curriculum and to employ teaching strategies that cater to the strengths and needs of diverse learners in order to promote learner engagement and enhance learning.

In this unit pre-service teachers will further develop their understanding of the complexities of the teacher’s role, with a focus on curriculum and pedagogy. Exploration of a range of evidence-based teaching strategies and principles and practices of curriculum planning and assessment will be undertaken, along with analysis and rehearsal of teaching strategies. Through engagement in, and reflection on 15-day professional experience, pre-service teachers will develop an understanding of the importance of appropriate curriculum and effective pedagogy in building positive learner engagement and enhancing learning. Pre-service teachers will also undertake a situational analysis of their educational context, to develop a curriculum plan based on identified learner needs.

The aim of this unit is to enable pre-service teachers to acquire and develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to develop effective teaching and assessment sequences which promote learning.

Learning outcomes

To successfully complete this unit you will be able to demonstrate you have achieved the learning outcomes (LO) detailed in the below table.

Each outcome is informed by a number of graduate capabilities (GC) to ensure your work in this, and every unit, is part of a larger goal of graduating from ACU with the attributes of insight, empathy, imagination and impact.

Explore the graduate capabilities.

Learning Outcome NumberLearning Outcome DescriptionRelevant Graduate Capabilities
LO1Describe a range of evidence-based teaching and learning strategies, principles and practices of curriculum development, and forms of assessment and appropriate, timely feedbackGC1, GC2
LO2Analyse, rehearse, implement and evaluate teaching strategies to support inclusive engagement in learningGC1, GC2, GC4
LO3Use knowledge and understanding of curriculum and assessment to design curriculum programs that employ a range of teaching and assessment strategies, include appropriate and ethical use of ICT, and differentiate curriculum and teaching to meet the needs of diverse learnersGC1, GC2, GC7
LO4Complete a successful professional experience in an educational setting engaging in critical reflection and responding to feedback from colleagues and supervisors to improve teaching practiceGC1, GC2, GC3, GC4, GC7, GC8, GC11, GC12

ACECQA Curriculum Specifications

On successful completion of this unit, pre-service teachers should have developed the following industry specific knowledge based on the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) standards:

Industry StandardRelating toRelevant Learning Outcome

Child health, wellbeing and safety


Learners with special/additional needs


Teaching methods and strategies

LO1, LO2

Children with diverse needs and backgrounds


Culture, diversity and inclusion


Ethics and professional practice


Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - Graduate Level

On successful completion of this unit, pre-service teachers should have developed the following industry specific knowledge based on the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers - Graduate Level standards:

Industry StandardRelating toRelevant Learning Outcome
APST(GA)1.1Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students and how these may affect learning.LO2, LO3, LO4
APST(GA)1.2Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research into how students learn and the implications for teaching.LO1, LO3
APST(GA)1.3Demonstrate knowledge of teaching strategies that are responsive to the learning strengths and needs of students from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgroundsLO1, LO2, LO3, LO4
APST(GA)1.5Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of strategies for differentiating teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities.LO1, LO3, LO4
APST(GA)2.1Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area.LO3, LO4
APST(GA)2.2Organise content into an effective learning and teaching sequence.LO2, LO3, LO4
APST(GA)2.3Use curriculum, assessment and reporting knowledge to design learning sequences and lesson plans.LO3, LO4
APST(GA)2.4Demonstrate broad knowledge of, understanding of, and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and languages.LO3, LO4
APST(GA)2.5Know and understand literacy and numeracy teaching strategies and their application in teaching areas.LO3, LO4
APST(GA)3.1Set learning goals that provide achievable challenges for students of varying abilities and characteristics.LO2, LO3, LO4
APST(GA)3.2Plan lesson sequences using knowledge of student learning, content and effective teaching strategies.LO2, LO3, LO4
APST(GA)3.3Include a range of teaching strategies.LO2, LO3, LO4
APST(GA)3.4Demonstrate knowledge of a range of resources, including ICT, that engage students in their learning.LO3, LO4
APST(GA)3.5Demonstrate a range of verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support student engagement.LO2, LO4
APST(GA)3.6Demonstrate broad knowledge of strategies that can be used to evaluate teaching programs to improve student learning.LO2
APST(GA)4.1Identify strategies to support inclusive student participation and engagement in classroom activities.LO2, LO3, LO4
APST(GA)4.2Demonstrate the capacity to organise classroom activities and provide clear directions.LO2, LO4
APST(GA)4.4Describe strategies that support students’ wellbeing and safety working within school and/or system, curriculum and legislative requirements.LO3, LO4
APST(GA)4.5Demonstrate an understanding of the relevant issues and the strategies available to support the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching.LO3, LO4
APST(GA)5.1Demonstrate understanding of assessment strategies, including informal and formal, diagnostic, formative and summative approaches to assess student learning.LO1, LO3, LO4
APST(GA)5.2Demonstrate an understanding of the purpose of providing timely and appropriate feedback to students about their learning.LO1, LO4
APST(GA)5.5Demonstrate understanding of a range of strategies for reporting to students and parents/carers and the purpose of keeping accurate and reliable records of student achievement.LO3
APST(GA)6.1Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers in identifying professional learning needs.LO4
APST(GA)6.3Seek and apply constructive feedback from supervisors and teachers to improve teaching practices.LO4
APST(GA)7.1Understand and apply the key principles described in codes of ethics and conduct for the teaching profession.LO4
APST(GA)7.2Understand the relevant legislative, administrative and organisational policies and processes required for teachers according to school stage.LO4


Topics will include:

  • A range of evidence-based effective teaching and learning approaches that support inclusive engagement in learning, including:
  • questioning and discussion
  • learner-centred learning
  • collaborative learning
  • integrating ICT
  • Teacher behaviours to promote positive engagement: setting achievable and challenging learning goals, giving clear directions, with-it-ness, attention moves,
  • Promoting intellectual quality: deep knowledge and understanding, critical thinking, higher-order thinking
  • An examination of curriculum requirements of states and systems
  • General capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities, esp. ICT + literacy and numeracy in the teaching areas, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
  • Curriculum theory and planning processes for the development of a unit of work, including scope and sequence, learning outcomes, learning activities, and sequences, resources, assessment and evaluation strategies relevant to the nominated educational setting
  • Situational analysis of the educational setting and system or organisation in which the pre-service teacher is placed
  • Differentiation of curriculum, teaching strategies and assessment to engage diverse learners, including:
  • learners across the full range of abilities
  • learners from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic  backgrounds
  • EAL/D learners and
  • learners from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.
  • Introduction to a range of assessment strategies – for, of and as learning – the role of feedback, ways of providing timely and appropriate feedback
  • Processes for evaluating teaching and assessing learning, using a range of evidence sources including critical reflection, student/child learning data and supervisor feedback, to modify teaching practice and improve learning
  • The Digital Portfolio of Professional Practice: continuing to compile, reflect upon and annotate evidence of attainment of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: Graduate level.

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

This is a 10-credit point unit and has been designed to ensure that the time needed to complete the required volume of learning to the requisite standard is approximately 150 hours in total across the semester. This includes direct teaching, reading and preparation of assessments, and a professional experience placement.

This unit applies a social constructivist approach to develop pre-service teachers’ understanding of planning and assessment and skills in applying effective pedagogies. They will have the opportunity to build on their understanding of teaching strategies through critical reading, lecturer modelling, active engagement, rehearsing and discussion in tutorials. Skills of professional communication and the ability to work collaboratively will be practised through group activities, culminating in micro-teaching presentations to the class. This provides opportunities for pre-service teachers to build their skills of a range of teaching strategies, and to build their confidence in managing groups, in a safe and supportive environment prior to applying these skills in a relevant educational setting. Teaching skills of planning and assessing, and the ability to locate and synthesise information, will be developed through designing curriculum appropriate for a specific educational setting. Placement will enable pre-service teachers to engage with experienced practitioners and to make links between theory and its application to the learning environment. They will continue to gather and reflect upon evidence of their attainment of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: Graduate, in the Digital Portfolio.

To support this strategy, teaching and learning approaches will include, but are not limited to:

  • Weekly face-to-face lectures and / or online lectures (synchronous and asynchronous)
  • Hands-on tutorials and discussions that promote peer learning;
  • Self-directed reading and research
  • Collaborative learning opportunities

Technology Enhanced Learning

The unit will include a Learning Environment Online (LEO) site with resources and online links, announcements, and a discussion board to post questions and reflections that promote connection between on campus content and educational experiences. It may include:

  • Online review exercises.
  • Video illustrations of teaching practice and focussed readings addressing a wide spectrum of teaching contexts, practices and competencies

Professional Experience: teaching requirements

Within this Effective Teaching unit pre-service teachers will undertake, in pairs where possible, a professional experience placement comprising 15 days in an early childhood setting.

Pre-service teachers will develop the habit of critically reflective practice through guided reflection upon their observations of class and educational setting. In collaboration with supervising teachers and other professional colleagues, they will develop basic teaching skills through assisting in the delivery of high-quality teaching episodes and teaching small groups and whole classes/groups. They will critically reflect upon their teaching, and self-audit their progression and attainment of key teaching skills and standards.

The recommended arrangement of the 15 days is:

  • 5 days prior to the commencement of the block, for example one day a week, by negotiation with the education provider
  • Two weeks (10 days) of continuous engagement (the “Block”).

Recommended Teaching Experiences

The following engagements are recommended across the 15-day placement for early childhood settings. Pre-service teachers should complete EDET111 together with EDEC111 during the same semester.

Days 1 – 5 (Single days or incorporated into the block) - Proposed Teaching Expectations

Days 1-5:

a)   Orientation, observation and assisting the supervising teacher/s

b)   Observation and assisting the supervising teacher/s, plus planning and implementation of two teaching episodes per day

c)   Observation and active participation in small group teaching; assisting the Supervising Teacher in the teaching and learning process, plus managing context routines

d)   Observation of teachers in the learning context, their teaching and practices, management of contexts and individuals

e)   Observe communication skills that the Supervising Teacher uses with children/learners, parents and other staff

f)    Critical reflection on pre-service teacher’s role in the early childhood education setting as participant, leader, team member, co-teacher/collaborator 

Block Practicum: Days 6-15 - Proposed Teaching Expectations

Days 6-15:

a)   Structured observations and small group / team teaching

b)   Plan / implement and assess a set of two, play-based, sequential learning experiences per day individually or with the other pre-service teacher (if in a paired placement)

c)    Managing context routines or transitions connected to sequenced lesson/learning experience

d)   Ongoing observation of teachers and other education stakeholders (e.g. transdisciplinary specialists, leadership teams, other teachers etc.) in the education setting, their teaching and practices, management of the learning environment and children

(e)  Continual self-reflection and evaluation

Assessment strategy and rationale

The assessment load and weighting of the assessments in this unit have been designed to incorporate the professional experience. The written assessment load in this unit has been adjusted accordingly.

A range of assessment procedures are designed to allow pre-service teachers to progressively demonstrate achievement of the unit learning outcomes and to develop graduate attributes consistent with University assessment requirements. The Education Studies units in this course focus on developing understanding of, and skills across the professional knowledge, practice and engagement domains needed to meet expectations of ACECQA criteria and the APST: Graduate level.

The two assessment tasks are sequenced to allow feedback and progressive development. Through completing Task 1 pre-service teachers have the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge of teaching strategies. Task 2 requires pre-service teachers to apply their knowledge of curriculum planning and teaching and assessment strategies in the development of a unit of work appropriate for use in a specific educational setting. Professional placement facilitates connections with the ‘real world’ of learning and teaching, thereby enriching the development of understanding and skills that prepare pre-service teachers for their role as teacher.

Minimum Achievement Standards

The assessment tasks and their weighting for this unit are designed to demonstrate achievement of each learning outcome. In order to pass this unit, students are required to submit all assessment tasks, meet the learning outcomes of the unit and achieve a minimum overall passing grade of 50%.

In addition, pre-service teachers must attain a Pass in the two hurdle tasks. These are the preparation for the Professional Experience Placement (PEP) and the Professional Experience Assessment (PEA).

Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning OutcomesGraduate CapabilitiesStandards

Assessment Task 1: Description and analysis of Teaching Strategies

In groups, research an evidence-based teaching strategy, and analyse it including a rationale, description, summary of evidence of its effectiveness with reference to research into learning and recommendations for appropriate classroom applications.

Present a short activity using your selected teaching strategy to a whole class or group, modelling explicit teaching and learner engagement, employing effective verbal and multi-modal communication and the provision of timely feedback to participants. At the conclusion, engage participants in a discussion of the strategies which could be used to evaluate and improve their learning.


LO1, LO2GC1, GC2, GC4ACECQA -C4, APST(GA)1.1, APST(GA)1.3, APST(GA)1.5, APST(GA)2.2, APST(GA)3.1, APST(GA)3.2, APST(GA)3.3, APST(GA)3.5, APST(GA)3.6, APST(GA)4.1, APST(GA)4.2, APST(GA)5.1, APST(GA)5.2

Assessment Task 2: Outline of a Unit of Work

Critical Task

Design an overview for a sequence of learning experiences (mini unit of work) for a specified context and group of learners.

Include the following:

  • A rationale with reference to a situational analysis of the learning context and learner characteristics
  • Links to specific curriculum content in a specified learning area
  • Learning goals that set achievable challenges for learners of varying characteristics and abilities
  • A range of effective teaching strategies which may be employed, including using ICT, to expand learning opportunities
  • A range of resources, including appropriate and ethical use of ICT, to engage learners
  • Differentiation for learners of varying characteristics and across the ability range
  • General Capabilities including ICT and literacy and numeracy strategies in the teaching area
  • Cross-Curricular priorities, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and languages
  • A range of formal and informal assessment strategies.


LO1, LO2, LO3GC1, GC2, GC4, GC7ACECQA -A7, ACECQA -C4, ACECQA -C5, ACECQA -D5, APST(GA)1.1, APST(GA)1.2, APST(GA)1.3, APST(GA)1.5, APST(GA)2.1, APST(GA)2.2, APST(GA)2.3, APST(GA)2.4, APST(GA)2.5, APST(GA)3.1, APST(GA)3.2, APST(GA)3.3, APST(GA)3.4, APST(GA)3.5, APST(GA)3.6, APST(GA)4.1, APST(GA)4.2, APST(GA)4.4, APST(GA)4.5, APST(GA)5.1, APST(GA)5.2, APST(GA)5.5

Hurdle Requirement 1: Preparation for the Professional Experience Placement

Prior to commencing the Professional Experience placement, pre-service teachers must ensure that they have completed the series of compulsory online preparation modules in the current calendar year, and their ‘Working with Children check’ is current. 


LO4GC1, GC2, GC3, GC4, GC7, GC8, GC11, GC12ACECQA -A4, ACECQA -E3, APST(GA)1.1, APST(GA)1.3, APST(GA)1.5, APST(GA)2.1, APST(GA)2.2, APST(GA)2.3, APST(GA)2.4, APST(GA)2.5, APST(GA)3.1, APST(GA)3.2, APST(GA)3.3, APST(GA)3.4, APST(GA)3.5, APST(GA)4.1, APST(GA)4.2, APST(GA)4.4, APST(GA)4.5, APST(GA)5.1, APST(GA)5.2, APST(GA)6.1, APST(GA)6.3, APST(GA)7.1, APST(GA)7.2

Professional Experience Assessment

Pre-service teachers must demonstrate attainment of the relevant Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: Graduate within an early childhood setting. Refer to Professional Experience Handbook and Report.

A pass grade for this task will be awarded following:

  • the successful completion of 15 professional experience days and,
  • submission of a satisfactory Professional Experience Assessment Report



  • Multiple attempts at this hurdle task are not permitted.
  • Professional Experience is a mandated part of Initial Teacher Education courses. Failing this task will result in a fail grade for the unit overall and pre-service teachers will be required to enrol in a future offering of the unit. 


LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4GC1, GC2, GC3, GC4, GC7, GC8, GC11, GC12ACECQA -A7, ACECQA -C4, ACECQA -C5, ACECQA -D5, ACECQA -E3, APST(GA)1.1, APST(GA)1.2, APST(GA)1.3, APST(GA)1.5, APST(GA)2.1, APST(GA)2.2, APST(GA)2.3, APST(GA)2.4, APST(GA)2.5, APST(GA)3.1, APST(GA)3.2, APST(GA)3.3, APST(GA)3.4, APST(GA)3.5, APST(GA)3.6, APST(GA)4.1, APST(GA)4.2, APST(GA)4.4, APST(GA)4.5, APST(GA)5.1, APST(GA)5.2, APST(GA)5.5, APST(GA)6.1, APST(GA)6.3, APST(GA)7.1, APST(GA)7.2

Representative texts and references

Required text(s)

Australian Curriculum

Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority (ACARA). (2019).

Relevant State and Territory curriculum documents. 

Recommended references

Australian Government: Education Council. (2015). National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Strategy 2015.

Australian Government. (2019). National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Curricula Project.

Brady, L., & Kennedy, K. (2018). Curriculum construction (6th ed.). Pearson Australia.

Churchill, R., Shaw, K., Godinho, S., Johnson, N., Keddie, A., Letts, W., Lowe, K., Mackay, J., McGill, M., & Moss, J. (2016). Teaching: Making a difference (3rd ed.). John Wiley & Son Australia.

Cleak, H., & Wilson, J. (2019). Making the Most of Field Placement (4th ed.). Cengage Learning Australia.

Foreman, P. (2017). Inclusion in action (5th ed.). Cengage Learning Australia.

Groundwater-Smith, S., Ewing, R., & Le Cornu, R. (2015). Teaching challenges and dilemmas (5th ed.). Cengage Learning Australia.

Killen, R. (2016). Effective teaching strategies: Lessons from research and practice (7th ed.). Cengage Learning Australia.

Morrison, G., Ross, S., Morrison, J., & Kalman, H. (2019). Designing effective instruction (8th ed.). John Wiley and Sons

Orlich, D., Harder, R., Trevison, M., Brown, A., & Miller, D. (2018). Teaching strategies: A guide to effective instruction (11th ed.). Cengage Learning US.

Paolini, A. (2015). Enhancing Teaching Effectiveness and Student Learning Outcomes. Journal of Effective Teaching, 15(1), 20-33.

Roblyer, R., & Hughes, J. (2019). Integrating educational technology into teaching: Transforming learning across disciplines (8th ed.). Pearson Education.

Whitton, D., Barker, K., Nosworthy, M., Humphries, J., & Sinclair, C. (2016). Learning for teaching, Teaching for learning (3rd ed.). Cengage Learning Australia

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