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
Abbreviated titleBEd(SpEd)
CRICOS code076257B
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Berwick)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

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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.
  • Some units are undertaken at Caulfield, Clayton and Peninsula campuses. This course requires students to undertake off-campus placements.


This is a specialised course designed to fully prepare students for careers as teachers across the year levels Prep to Year 10, for work in special education (special schools and special classes) and to facilitate inclusion within regular schools. It provides graduates with a comprehensive background in educating school students with diverse needs and working with their families. Students study a range of units that cover topics in legislation, policies, assessment and intervention for school students with diverse needs.


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:

  • effectively plan and deliver educational programs in mainstream and special schools across primary and secondary years
  • collaborate with a range of educational and health professionals to identify and be responsive to the diverse needs of learners, their families and communities
  • attain deep subject, pedagogical and curricular knowledge and effectual interpersonal skills in order to bring expertise and leadership to their work in educational settings
  • develop approaches that integrate numeracy, literacy, the use of digital technologies and other evolving educational priorities across the Australian Curriculum
  • contribute to discussions concerning educational legislation and policy, and make informed decisions pertaining to practice.


Students must complete teaching practice which consists of a minimum of 80 days of satisfactory supervised school experience. In addition, in the first year of the course they also complete 20 days of fieldwork. 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 teachers of years Prep to Year 10 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 education incorporating compulsory core units, a specialisation in special education, elective discipline units and teaching placements.

Students must complete:

  • a six-unit sequence in special education (discipline one), consisting of two units at each of levels one, two and three
  • a four-unit sequence in their second discipline (discipline two), usually consisting of two units at level one and two units at level two.

For a list of discipline studies and their requirements visit


First year

Semester one

  • EDF1101 Fieldwork experience 1A*
  • EDF1205 English education 1 (P-10)
  • EDF1303 Learning and educational inquiry 1
  • EDF1551 Foundation to inclusive education
  • discipline unit one

Semester two

  • EDF1102 Fieldwork experience 1B*
  • EDF1206 Mathematics education 1 (P-10)
  • EDF1304 Learning and educational inquiry 2
  • EDF1552 Using assessment to respond to diversity across the school years
  • discipline unit two

Second year

Semester one

  • EDF2101 Professional experience 2A*
  • EDF2210 Child and adolescent development
  • EDF2212 Creative arts education (P-10)
  • EDF2551 Understanding behaviour in classrooms and schools
  • discipline two unit three

Semester two

  • EDF2102 Professional experience 2B*
  • EDF2211 Classroom practice
  • EDF2213 English education 2 (P-10)
  • EDF2552 Learning and teaching for students with diverse needs in various education settings
  • discipline unit four

Third year

Semester one

  • EDF3101 Professional experience 3A*
  • EDF3210 Education policy and practice
  • EDF3212 Mathematics education 2 (P-10)
  • EDF3215 Health and physical education (P-10)
  • EDF3551 Curriculum in inclusive education

Semester two

  • EDF3008 Researching educational practices
  • EDF3102 Professional experience 3B*
  • EDF3214 Science education (P-10)
  • EDF3216 Social education (P-10)
  • EDF3552 Teaching and learning of students with complex needs

Fourth year

Semester one

  • EDF4041 Professional experience 4A*
  • EDF4260 Curriculum, assessment and evaluation
  • EDF4262 History education (P-10)
  • EDF4266 English education 3 (P-10)
  • EDF4267 Mathematics education 3 (P-10)

Semester two

  • EDF4042 Professional experience 4B*
  • EDF4261 Professional ethics
  • EDF4263 Indigenous people and education
  • EDF4551 Collaborative principles, partnerships and procedures
  • EDF4552 Advanced pedagogy

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


Bachelor of Education (Special Education)