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Monash University Handbook 2011 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 code072263C
Total credit points required60
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland, Peninsula)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

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

Course coordinator


  • 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 two.
  • This course requires students to undertake off-campus placements.


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 complete teaching practice which consists of a minimum of 50 days of satisfactory supervised school experience. Those students who are employed in schools must complete a minimum of 50 per cent of supervised placement in a setting other than the school in which they are employed. Students must be available to undertake school placements on a full-time basis and attend their placement for full days at times determined by the faculty.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for registration and 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.


This course comprises ten compulsory units and fieldwork placements.


Semester 1

  • EDF1306 Spaces of difference
  • EDF2301 Multiliteracies: Mediating the world
  • EDF3304 Integrating the curriculum 2: Different places
  • EDF3306 Literacy
  • EDF4311 Professional contexts 1 (25 days professional placement)

Semester 2

  • EDF2302 Re-imagining children's learning
  • EDF2303 Movement, environment and community
  • EDF3301 Numeracy
  • EDF3303 Integrating the curriculum 1: Creative exchange
  • EDF4312 Professional contexts 2 (25 days professional placement)

Minimum grade for course completion

Candidates must satisfactorily complete each of the units of study and receive a satisfactory teaching assessment to be eligible for the award.


Graduate Diploma of Education (Primary)