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 400 for artists and arts instructors have taken up this course and provided good 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 for 2018 (FINAL RUN) Register by

Mar: *27, 29


Apr: 3, *5, 10, 12, *17, 19,24, *26


May: 3, 8

1 March 2018 


Dates may be subject to changes. 

*All lessons will run from 6.30-10pm, except dates marked with a * which run from 6.30-9.30pm. 


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 2015/2016 and 2017/2018 OR
  • Have Conducted NAC supported programmes


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


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


Registration for this course is now closed. Please check back regularly for more updates on the next run of the programme. 


Please note that the Essentials of Teaching and Teaching Module (EM) satisfies the minimum pedagogical requirement for NAC-AEP instructors wishing to conduct NAC-AEP Experience workshop programmes from 2017 onwards. It is NOT compulsory to attend the pedagogy training courses if you are not an approved instructor under the NAC-AEP.


If you already possess a minimum of 10 years of teaching experience or other relevant pedagogical qualifications necessary for exemption from EM, please refer here for more information about the relevant verification processes. 

For further enquires about EM, please contact us at