Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 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 applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and 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.


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.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • effectively plan and deliver primary school educational programs
  • understand and engage in curriculum development and comprehend the key areas of learning taught in primary schools
  • articulate how child development underlies professional practice and the philosophical underpinnings of primary teacher education
  • understand and appreciate the cultural contexts of schooling and the diversity of the student population
  • respond to the needs of children, their families and communities in a flexible and innovative way.

Minimum requirements for course completion

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


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 consists of 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 *

Semester 2

  • EDF2302 Re-imagining children's learning*
  • EDF2303 Movement, environment and community
  • EDF3301 Numeracy
  • EDF3303 Integrating the curriculum 1: Creative exchange
  • EDF4312 Professional contexts 2*

* Includes a number of days of professional placement. Refer to unit entry for details.


Graduate Diploma of Education (Primary)