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Monash University

Graduate Diploma of Education (Primary)

Course code: 0341 ~ Course abbreviation: GradDipEd(Primary) ~ Total credit points required: 60 ~ 1 year full-time (with overload) ~ Managing faculty: Education

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Peninsula; Gippsland - F/T only)

Course description

This course is designed to prepare graduates from a range of disciplines to become primary school teachers. Students should form a broad conceptual understanding of the field of education and will engage in a range of on-campus and off-campus activities.

Course Objectives

Students will acquire the skills that will effectively allow them to plan and deliver educational programs for children aged 5-12 years. They will gain an understanding of curriculum development and the significance of the key learning areas taught in primary schools; knowledge about child development underlying professional practice and gain an understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of primary teacher education. Further they will understand and appreciate the cultural contexts of schooling and the diversity of the student population. Finally they will develop the capacity to be responsive to the needs of young children, their families and communities in a flexible and innovative way.

Course structure

The course consists of 10 units, which are linked with four school experience rounds arranged throughout the course. Students will be in schools for a total of up to 50 days of fieldwork placement. Candidates must satisfactorily complete each of the 10 units of study and receive a satisfactory teaching assessment to be eligible for the award.

Course requirements

Semester 1

  • EDF5110 Professional experience 1
  • EDF5112 Learning and teaching A
  • EDF5114 Language and literacy in primary contexts
  • EDF5116 Primary mathematics education
  • EDF5118 Health and wellbeing in the primary curriculum

Semester 2

  • EDF5111 Professional experience 2
  • EDF5113 Learning and teaching B
  • EDF5115 Enabling literacy and numeracy
  • EDF5117 Valuing science, innovation and society
  • EDF5119 Communicating through the arts

Fieldwork placements

Students must normally be available to undertake their fieldwork placement on a full-time basis. Students who are employed in schools who are required to do 50 days of fieldwork must complete at least 50% of their fieldwork in a setting other than the school where they are employed.

Professional Recognition

Graduates are eligible for employment as primary school teachers in the government, Catholic and independent school systems in Victoria. For interstate and overseas positions, applicants are advised to check with local authorities.

Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9904 4638 (Peninsula) or +61 3 9902 6367 (Gippsland) or visit

Course advisers

Dr Amy Cutter-Mackenzie (Peninsula), Dr Michael Dyson (Gippsland)