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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - 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 titleBA/BEd
CRICOS code064762F
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland, Peninsula)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Gippsland: telephone +61 3 9902 6367 or email

Peninsula: telephone +61 3 9904 4291 or email

Course coordinator


  • Full-time study only.
  • Gippsland students: All units are undertaken at Gippsland campus. Peninsula students: First year education units and all arts units are undertaken at Clayton campus. Second, third and fourth year education units are undertaken at Peninsula campus. All students: This course requires all students to undertake off-campus placements.


The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (primary) combines specific studies with the theory and practice of primary teaching. The education degree provides a comprehensive knowledge of the theoretical foundations of education, curriculum studies and practical experiences in schools and other appropriate settings, with the opportunity to gain overseas or remote practical experiences. When students take the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education double degree, they are able to complete both courses in four years of full-time study at a normal course load for each year.



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.

For objectives of the Arts component of this double degree visit




Students must complete teaching practice which consists of a minimum of 80 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 studies in arts and studies in education incorporating compulsory and elective units, and teaching placements.


Arts component

Studies in arts (96 points) includes:

(a.) an arts major (48 points)

(b.) an arts minor in a different area of study (24 points)

(c.) a first-year arts sequence in a third area of study (12 points)

(d.) another 12 points of arts at first, second or third-year level

Refer to the Faculty of Arts areas of study in this Handbook at for a list of the arts disciplines available.

Education component

Studies in education (96 points) includes:

  • a series of units relating to the theory and practice of education, teaching and curriculum
  • fieldwork placements.

For full details on the education requirements refer to the 'Education - Primary' 'area of study' at


Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Education