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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education

Managing facultyEducation
Abbreviated titleGradDipEd(Primary)
CRICOS code047450G
Total credit points required60
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland, Peninsula)
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9904 4291 (Peninsula) or +61 3 9902 6367 (Gippsland) or email or

Course coordinator

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


  • Full-time study only. In order to complete this course within one year it is necessary for students to overload by 6 points in both semesters one and semester two.


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.


Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that students will have:

  • acquired the skills that will effectively allow them to plan and deliver primary school educational programs
  • gained an understanding of curriculum development and the significance of the key areas of learning taught in primary schools
  • developed knowledge about child development underlying professional practice and an understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of primary teacher education
  • understood and appreciated the cultural contexts of schooling and the diversity of the student population
  • developed the capacity to be responsive to the needs of children, their families and communities in a flexible and innovative way.


Students must be available to undertake their fieldwork placements on a full-time basis. Students who are employed in schools who are required to do up to 50 days of fieldwork must complete at least 50 per cent of their fieldwork in a setting other than the school in which they are employed. Students will be in schools for a total of up to 50 days of fieldwork placement.

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.


The course consists of 10 units, which are linked with four school experience rounds arranged throughout the course.


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


Graduate Diploma of Education (Primary)