Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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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 or visit

Course coordinator


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Full-time study only. In order to complete this course within one year it is necessary for students to overload by six points in both semesters one and two.
  • This course requires students to undertake off-campus placements.


NOTE: This course has had one or more changes made to it since publication on 1 October 2011. For details of change/s, please consult the change register at

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 45 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 will only be permitted to complete a placement in their place of employment if they receive the required level of supervision. 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 (20 days professional placement)

Semester 2

  • EDF2302 Re-imagining children's learning (5 days professional placement)
  • EDF2303 Movement, environment and community
  • EDF3301 Numeracy
  • EDF3303 Integrating the curriculum 1: Creative exchange
  • EDF4312 Professional contexts 2 (20 days professional placement)

Minimum grade for course completion

Students must satisfactorily complete all units and receive a satisfactory teaching assessment to be eligible for the award.


Graduate Diploma of Education (Primary)