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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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 titleBASS/BEd(Pri)
CRICOS code074394J
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

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  • 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.


This course 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 Social Sciences and Bachelor of Education (Primary) 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 and Social Sciences 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 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. For interstate and overseas positions, applicants are advised to check with local authorities.


This course comprises studies in arts and social sciences and studies in education incorporating compulsory and elective units, and teaching placements.


Arts and social sciences component

Studies in arts and social sciences (96 points) includes:

(a.) an arts and social sciences major (48 points)

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

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

(d.) another 12 points of arts and social sciences 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

Areas of Study

Arts and social sciences component

Note: A minor only is available for Australian studies, community welfare and counselling, criminal justice, English, and journalism. Philosophy and psychology are only available via off-campus learning.

Education component


Bachelor of Education (Primary)
Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences