Short course

CLASS Observation Training

Learn to reliably assess teaching quality to improve children’s learning and development outcomes with CLASS Observation Training.


Strong relationships between teachers and students are proven to drive learning and development.

CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System) is an observation tool designed as a way to objectively assess classroom quality based on these interactions, developed by the University of Virginia’s Curry School Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning.

It uses research-driven insights to measure how teachers interact with children and offers resources to strengthen those interactions to create supportive, structured, and engaging classroom experiences. It is the only observational teacher-assessment tool that connects the behaviours of teachers to students' gains and has been proven to work in tens of thousands of classrooms across all age ranges. Over 150 research studies show that students in classrooms with higher CLASS scores have better social, emotional, and academic outcomes.

The CLASS Observation Training program teaches you to observe teacher-child interactions and provide feedback to help new and experienced teachers become more effective. The program also helps educational leaders and teachers to lead and develop other educators in CLASS so they can use it in their setting.

MGSE is an authorised trainer in Australia and provides training in CLASS across Toddler (aged 15 to 36 months), Pre-K (aged three to five years) and K-3 levels.

You can find out more about CLASS on the Teachstone website.

Who should apply

The program is designed for Early Childhood Leaders or trained mentors who use the National Quality Framework and locate state frameworks in their daily practice and may have responsibility for leading the educational programming and practice under the National Quality Standards in their setting.

Specific roles include:

  • Early childhood leaders
  • Centre coordinators
  • Authorised officers
  • Government and system-level personnel

What you will learn

During this course you will learn how to effectively observe educator-child interactions and provide feedback that can help both new and experienced educators improve the learning and development outcomes of their students.

By the end of the course, you will:

  • Be able to collect CLASS teaching assessment data, which is the first step in improving the quality of educator-child interactions in the classroom
  • Know how to use meaningful data on classroom quality to inform coaching interventions
  • Be able to conduct formal and informal educator observations
  • Have a strong foundation for becoming a CLASS coach, including CLASS fluency

Students will receive a Certificate of Completion once they successfully complete the training.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this short course.

Payment options

  • To pay by credit card, please enter your card details at the checkout screen when booking into the course.
  • To pay by invoice, please contact student support.
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Upcoming intakes

Tuesday 20 April 2021 - Thursday 29 April 2021

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