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.

print version

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(Sec)
CRICOS code064779G
Total credit points required60
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Off-campus (Gippsland)
Multi-modal (Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9905 2888 (Clayton) 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.
  • 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 program of studies is designed for graduates who wish to become secondary school teachers. The course combines academic studies of the foundations of education with curriculum teaching units appropriate to the student's first degree and their chosen areas of teaching specialisation. Students will engage in a range of teaching and learning approaches, in university and fieldwork settings.


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

  • have consolidated their theoretical knowledge of teaching and learning and the culture and contexts of schooling
  • have developed a high level of competence as knowledgeable, reflective, research oriented and articulate practitioners
  • be self-sufficient and independent as beginning teachers in a secondary context
  • have adopted a professional orientation to all aspects of their work in schools and classrooms.

Weekend school

Non-compulsory weekend schools may be offered in some units for off-campus students.


Students must complete teaching practice which consists of a minimum of 50 days of satisfactory supervised school experience. Professional placement units are normally taken concurrently with enrolment in the core curriculum units and the curriculum specialism units. They provide supervised teaching practice in the teaching area of the student's curriculum units while on school placement.

For full-time students, placement is typically conducted in two blocks of five weeks, one each semester. For part-time students, it is typically conducted in four blocks of two to three weeks, one block in each of four semesters.

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 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 secondary 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 comprises:

(a.) eight 6-credit-point units of study:

  • four core education units
  • two core curriculum units (or one core curriculum unit and one curriculum elective unit)
  • two curriculum specialism units

(b.) four three-credit-point professional placement units.


Full-time course requirements

First semester

  • EDF4004 Curriculum and assessment
  • EDF4005 Productive classrooms
  • Core curriculum unit 1
  • Core curriculum unit 2 or Curriculum elective unit
  • EDF4730 Professional experience 1A and EDF4731 Professional experience 1B

Second semester

  • EDF4006 Professional engagement
  • EDF4007 Schooling and diversity
  • Curriculum specialism unit 1
  • Curriculum specialism unit 2
  • EDF4733 Professional experience 2A and EDF4734 Professional experience 2B

Some students may be required to attend sessions at a residential camp before the first teaching round.

Part-time course requirements

Year 1

First semester
  • EDF4005 Productive classrooms (core education unit)
  • Core curriculum unit 1
  • EDF4730 Professional experience 1A
Second semester
  • EDF4007 Schooling and diversity (core education unit)
  • Curriculum specialism unit 1
  • EDF4733 Professional experience 2A

Year 2

First semester
  • EDF4004 Curriculum and assessment (core education unit)
  • Core curriculum unit 2 or Curriculum elective unit
  • EDF4731 Professional experience 1B
Second semester
  • EDF4006 Professional engagement (core education unit)
  • Curriculum specialism unit 2
  • EDF4734 Professional experience 2B

Units available

Core curriculum units

Students select two of the following core curriculum units, or one core curriculum unit and one elective curriculum unit from the following list. Students are advised to consult the list of curriculum specialist units and their prerequisites before choosing the core curriculum units:

  • EDF4110 Arts education
  • EDF4111 Business education
  • EDF4112 English language and literacy education
  • EDF4113 General science education
  • EDF4114 Health, outdoor and physical education
  • EDF4115 Information, communication technologies and new media
  • EDF4116 Mathematics and numeracy education
  • EDF4117 Second language pedagogy
  • EDF4118 Social and environmental education
  • EDF4119 The world of Jewish education

Elective curriculum units

  • EDF4510 Connecting curriculum
  • EDF4511 ESL in content areas
  • EDF4512 Gifted education
  • EDF4513 Indigenous and traditional education in a global world
  • EDF4514 Vocational and workplace learning

Curriculum specialism units

Students select two of the following curriculum specialism units. Students are advised to check the prerequisites for their specialism units before selecting their core curriculum units:

Please note the following:

(i.) some curriculum specialism units may only be available in off-campus mode every second year

(ii.) the availability of any of the curriculum specialism units from year to year is dependent on the faculty's ability to provide appropriate tutorial assistance, supervision and teaching practice facilities.

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 (Secondary)