Creating Positive Learning Environments

This unit is designed to help teacher education students learn how to be pastorally responsive to their students, in order to create safe and supportive classrooms where there is a maximum of time spent on learning. The course serves to equip beginning teachers to understand their students as people, and what helps them learn in the mix of relationships in the classroom. This extends into an exploration of workable classroom routines that maximise learning. Consideration of clear expectations about personal and group conduct is part of exploring classroom routines, such that timely, consistent and fair responses to challenging behaviour is also introduced within the context of the Christian or alternate school context. 

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: EDU236
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Daniel Carrigy


40 credit points

Awards offering Creating Positive Learning Environments

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Identify the current legislation, frameworks and initiatives that support and promote safety, engagement and wellbeing in the classroom and articulate ways in which these can be applied in different contexts.
  2. Investigate and analyse the application of teaching strategies that support inclusive participation and engagement of students across the full range of abilities.
  3. Evaluate and select evidence-based strategies and practical approaches that create and sustain safe and engaging classroom environment - legally and educationally - in a range of school contexts
  4. Identify strategies, interventions and programs that can be used to support challenging behavior and difficult classroom environments and apply these to specific contexts.
  5. Articulate the role of teacher self-care, support, wellbeing and professional development in relation to classroom management.
  6. Discuss strategies for engaging parents/guardians, professional organisations and other stakeholders in a classroom and a whole school approach to safety and wellbeing.

Subject Content

  • Introduction to Classroom Pastoral Care and Management
  • What makes a safe and supportive classroom?
  • Workable Routines
  • Clear expectations and responses
  • Reflection and Integration

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face-to-Face (onsite)
  • eLearning (online)
  • Intensive

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Critical Reflections (20%)
  • Case Studies (30%)
  • Major Project (50%)