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(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. Students wishing to undertake part-time studies should refer to the course map at and consult the course coordinator.


This course 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.


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:

  • consolidate their theoretical knowledge of teaching and learning and the culture and contexts of schooling
  • display 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
  • adopt a professional orientation to all aspects of their work in schools and classrooms.

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. 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 core education units (24 points), teaching method units (24 points), and professional placement units (12 points).


First semester

  • EDF4004 Curriculum and assessment
  • EDF4005 Productive classrooms
  • EDF4730 Professional experience 1A and EDF4731 Professional experience 1B
  • method study 1A*
  • method study 2A*

Second semester

  • EDF4006 Professional engagement
  • EDF4007 Schooling and diversity
  • EDF4733 Professional experience 2A and EDF4734 Professional experience 2B
  • method study 1B*
  • method study 2B*

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

* Selected from the student's chosen specialisms. For a full list of method units and their prerequisites visit


Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)