NIEI Essentials of Teaching and Learning Module (EM)

Essentials of Teaching and Learning


The National Arts Council (NAC) has partnered with the National Institute of Education International (NIEI) to deliver a 40-hour pedagogical course for arts instructors to enrich their effectiveness as classroom practitioners. Since 2012, more than 580 for artists and arts instructors have taken up this course and provided positive feedback.


The course aims to introduce participants to:

  • Key ideas of effective teaching and learning
  • Competencies of an effective teacher
  • Processes of effective lesson planning and the development of teaching materials
  • Ideas for designing engaging lessons and learning tasks


The course covers four broad areas:

  1. Basic Principles on the Psychology of Learning
  2. Principles of Effective Teaching
  3. Lesson planning and components of a lesson plan
  4. Assessment and Evaluation


For more information, please refer to the NIEI webpage here.



40-Hour Essentials of Teaching & Learning Module 
Course Dates and Timing Register by

Session 3

Jan: *26, 28

Feb:  2, *4, 9, 16, *18, 23, 25

Mar: *2, 4, 9

Lessons on dates marked with a * will run from 6.30-9.30pm. Otherwise, for the remaining dates, lessons will be from 6.30-10pm.


NOTE: This session will be held online via Zoom.

30 November 2020

Session 4

Mar: 15, 16, 17, 18, 19

This session will run from 9am to 6pm daily.


NOTE: The course is designed to be delivered as face-to-face training. However, if current advisories and precautionary measures on social distancing remain or if they are tightened in March 2021, the course will be converted to a twice weekly format and conducted digitally based on the following dates:


Mar: *23, 25, 30

Apr: *1, 6, 8, *13, 15, 20, *22, 27, 29

Lessons on dates marked with a * will run from 6.30-9.30pm. Otherwise, for the remaining dates, lessons will be from 6.30-10pm.

15 January 2021




The full cost of training is $984.40, inclusive of GST. 


Arts instructors who meet the following criteria may enjoy a 50% course fee subsidy (paying $492.20 per person):

  • Are Approved to conduct programmes under the NAC-AEP 2017/2018 and 2019/2020 OR
  • Have Conducted NAC Education programmes


For more information on the NAC-AEP scheme, please refer here


Participants aged 25 and above can also utilise their SkillsFuture credits to defray the unsubsidised course fees. 



To register for the course, please complete the attached form and submit it to


Closing Date for Application:  30 November 2020/15 January 2021


For all course enquiries, please contact

For all subsidy enquiries, please contact

For further enquires about EM, please contact us at