The Mastery Cup®

A self-paced course with Elise Waghorn from Phoenix Support for Educators

Are you an early childhood educator working with children who:

  • Physically lash out at other children;
  • Will not follow directions (‘do not listen’ to staff);
  • Have low self-esteem;
  • Are strong willed;
  • Are a high achiever;
  • Want perfectionism;
  • Seem to need a lot of control;
  • Need to ‘get their own way’? 


Learn how to confidently respond to these behaviours by increasing every child's sense of self-competence.

This self-paced course will enable you to have a deeper knowledge of how to support children to fill their Mastery Cup®.

The Mastery Cup drives our need for efficacy, visibility, and self-competence. This Cup is filled by challenge, control, validation, growth, achievement, and success.

This course will give you practical strategies and more confidence to plan for children's holistic wellbeing, increase children’s opportunities to experience mastery, and ensure children in your care have a strong sense of self-competence.

Become an expert at planning for the Mastery Cup®

Learn how to confidently foster a child's self-competence by:

  • Responding to children’s need for mastery

  • Developing holistic wellbeing plans

  • Proactively plan for children’s self-competence

  • Understand and plan for differences in individual children’s needs for mastery

  • Empowering them to succeed

  • Recognise their achievements

  • Encourage independence

  • Validate children’s thoughts and feelings

Course curriculum

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    • Let's Start

    • Mastery Cup - Introduction

    • The Mastery Cup

    • Mastery Cup - Top Traits

    • Mastery Cup - Part 2

    • Mastery Cup - Part 3

    • Mastery Cup Mind Map

    • Role of the Teacher

    • Reflection

  4. 4
    • Process Verses Product

    • Combating Stereotypes: How to Talk to Your Children

  5. 5
    • Kids, Take Charge - TED Talk

    • How to Raise Emotionally Intelligent Children

  6. 6
    • Raising Children Network

  7. 7
    • Upgrade to the Complete Series

    • Professional and Personal Development Opportunities with Phoenix Support for Educators

    • Final Reflection

Link theory, research, and evidence to your practice and planning

This course will show you how to incorporate the following theories into your planning

  • Maslow's hierarchy of needs

    In his famous 1943 paper, A Theory of Human Motivation, Maslow said that satisfaction of self-esteem need leads to feeling of self-confidence, worth, strength, capability and adequacy of being useful and necessary in the world.

  • The Phoenix Cups®

    A shared language, an approach, a revolutionary framework. The Phoenix Cups is a philosophical framework that your team can use to share ideas, language, and understandings about human behaviour. This course looks specifically at one of The Phoenix Cups - The Mastery Cup.

  • Positive Psychology

    The PERMA model proposes that there are five elements essential to human well-being. The A in this model refers to Relationships. To achieve well-being and happiness, we must look back on our lives with a sense of accomplishment: ‘I did it, and I did it well’. This course considers this research and the fact that children start filling their Mastery Cup with achievement at a very young age.

  • Guidance Approach

    The guidance approached is centred on the idea that children’s behaviours are driven by an attempt to meet a need. Dr Louise Porter says that when children engage in learning, they learn not only the content of the activity itself, but also that they can devise a goal and work towards it. In short, they develop self-efficacy. This is an important aspect of Mastery Cup filling.

  • Glasser's Choice Theory

    Dr William Glasser assumed that a drive to power is one of five basic human life needs. In this course, this is called the Will to Fill the Mastery Cup.

Bonus material

  • Video

    This course includes video content to provide further depth to your knowledge and understanding. Additionally, you will have several opportunities to join a live Q&A webinar with Elise.

  • Downloadable PDFs

    Downloadable resources that every educator needs for understanding how to support children to fill their Mastery Cup.

  • Internet resources

    Web links to key learning material and helpful educator resources.

The Live Q&A will be in...

Join Elise for a live Q&A session on Wednesday 6th April 2022 at 7:00pm AEST

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Your Facilitator


Elise Waghorn

Elise Waghorn is a PhD student in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. Her research project is investigating the everyday lifeworlds of children in Australia and how this relates and connects to policy and educational experiences with children in Hong Kong and Singapore. Elise’s teaching has focused on the ways in which early childhood pedagogical practices influence children’s wellbeing. She has worked within the early childhood sector for 13 plus years and has a passion for making sure children's rights are listened to and respected. For the last four years Elise has worked part time as a casual academic at a university. Her role involves teaching the Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary, and Masters of Education (Early Childhood and Primary). Elise started working with Phoenix Support for Educators as a part time professional development facilitator in 2016 and has an in-depth knowledge of the theoretical applications and research represented in The Phoenix Cups framework.


  • How long do I have access to the course?

    You have access to this course for 4 weeks. We estimate it will take you about 3 hours to complete, so we have allowed for 1 hour per week and an extra week for catch up.

  • How do I get my certificate?

    To receive your certificate, you must click on 'Complete & Continue' on every page of the course. Once you've done this your certificate download button should come up in the top left corner of your course, where the progress bar is.

Get started today

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