Monash University

Undergraduate - 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
Partner facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBA/BEd(Sec)
CRICOS code064781C
Total credit points required204
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
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. In order to complete the degree within four years it is necessary for students to overload by 12 points in the fourth year.
  • This course requires students to undertake off-campus placements.


Secondary school teachers are specialists in one or more areas within a school curriculum, allowing them to focus on subjects and issues where they have professional expertise and qualifications. This course provides students with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the areas they intend to teach in schools. The approach enables students to develop their knowledge and expertise in arts disciplines as well as developing their knowledge and expertise in the discipline of education. Students also learn through practical experiences, completing professional placements in secondary schools and other settings, including opportunities for overseas or remote practical experiences.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, 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:

  • integrate theoretical perspectives on teaching and learning as well as the culture and contexts of schooling
  • link theoretical perspectives to different educational contexts and be able to use these linkages to inform and develop their practice
  • attain 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 generally and in the specific areas of humanities education that they select for study in their Bachelor of Arts.

For the outcomes of the Bachelor of Arts component of this double degree visit


Students must complete teaching practice which consists of a minimum of 80 days of satisfactory supervised school experience. Students will only be given permission to complete a placement in their place of employment in exceptional circumstances and if they will receive the required level of supervision. Where permission is granted, students will not be permitted to undertake more than 50 per cent of the placement in their place of employment. 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.


This course consists of studies in arts and (96 points) studies in education (108 points), incorporating compulsory and elective units, and teaching placements.

Areas of study


For a list of the arts disciplines available refer to the Faculty of Arts areas of study at



Arts component

Students must complete:

(a.) an arts major (48 points)

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

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

(d.) another 12 points of arts at first, second or third-year level.

For the requirements of the available arts disciplines, refer to the list under the 'Areas of study'.

Education component

Students must complete:

(a.) a series of units relating to the theory and practice of education, teaching and curriculum

(b.) professional placement units.

For the requirements of the education component, refer to the link under 'Areas of study'.

Major and minor studies in arts must satisfy the prerequisites for the study of two secondary teaching method units in their fourth year and the requirements for employment laid down by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). Generally, to qualify for secondary teaching method units, a student will require a minimum of two years of full-time academic study in that discipline. There are additional requirements for some disciplines. Students should refer to the VIT website at in consultation with their course adviser.

Alternative exit(s)

Students who wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts prior to the completion of the double degree course must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the arts requirements for the double degree course.


Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Education (Secondary)