Monash University

Undergraduate - 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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NOTE: This course has been updated - please refer to the 2012 handbook change register for details.

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 titleBSOR/BEd
CRICOS code064760G
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Peninsula)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9904 4291 or email 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.
  • This course requires students to undertake off-campus placements.


The Bachelor of Sport and Outdoor Recreation and Bachelor of Education (Primary) program provides attractive sequences of studies for students interested in sport and outdoor recreation studies and/or the theory and practice of education, teaching and curriculum.


Upon successful completion of the sport and outdoor recreation component of this course it is expected that students will have:

  • developed the knowledge and skills of those seeking to work in the sport, outdoor recreation, and active lifestyles, health and wellbeing promotion professions
  • developed the interdisciplinary knowledge, skills and leadership, coaching and/or instructional competencies in sport and outdoor recreation
  • understood the community and lifespan perspectives of physical activity, outdoor experiences and their role in health promotion, wellbeing and sustainable living
  • understood the need for professional, safe and appropriate standards of competence in sport and outdoor recreation.

Upon successful completion of the education component 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.

Special requirements

Students are required to complete the AUSTSWIM certificate or Swim Teacher's Certificate (ASCTA) and a First Aid certificate (minimum Level II) as part of their course requirements. Both must be current at the time of graduation.


Students must successfully complete the outdoor experiences and physical activity requirements of each unit (a minimum of approximately 40-60 days total over the program duration).

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 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 primary school teachers in the government, Catholic and independent school systems in Victoria (including health and physical education if the approved unit sequence is followed). For interstate and overseas positions, applicants are advised to check with local authorities.


This course comprises studies in sport and outdoor recreation and studies in education incorporating compulsory and elective units, fieldwork and teaching placements.


Sport and outdoor recreation component

First year

  • EDF1611 Introduction to sport and outdoor recreation
  • EDF1612 Foundations of outdoor recreation
  • EDF1613 Biophysical foundations of physical activity A
  • EDF1614 Biophysical foundations of physical activity B
  • EDF1615 Experiential environmental education
  • EDF1616 Lifespan physical activity and wellness.

Second year

  • EDF2611 Experiencing aquatic environments*
  • EDF2612 Experiential education in sport and outdoor recreation
  • EDF2615 Community, physical activity and wellness
  • EDF2616 Coaching
  • two approved Bachelor of Sport and Outdoor Recreation electives in consultation with the course adviser.

Third year

  • EDF2618 Dance in education
  • EDF3616 Camp planning and practices, or Bachelor of Sport and Outdoor Recreation elective
  • EDF3619 Sport and physical activity education
  • one approved Bachelor of Sport and Outdoor Recreation elective in consultation with the course adviser.

Education component

Studies in education (96 points) comprising:

  • 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 Education
Bachelor of Sport and Outdoor Recreation