Monash University

Undergraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; 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 area of study.

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This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Education component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Education


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Some units in the Peninsula-based Education degrees require on-campus study at Clayton or Caulfield campuses. For details, refer to the course and unit entries. Prospective students with a recognised degree or equivalent diploma may apply to undertake 4203 Master of Teaching (Primary).


The study of primary education involves:

  • understanding child development, educational theories and practice and how to involve children from age five to twelve years in engaging, innovative and purposeful learning
  • teaching and learning strategies, and education policy, theories and practice
  • developing knowledge about teaching the primary school curriculum
  • unique opportunities to become specialist teachers in a variety of areas such as English and literacy, mathematics and numeracy, languages other than English (LOTE) and health and physical education
  • applying in-depth academic study through supervised professional experiences in schools
  • becoming qualified to teach in primary schools.


All students

All students undertaking the Bachelor of Education (Primary) or any of the associated double degrees listed under 'Related courses' complete the following units in the education major, curriculum major and professional experience sections.

Additional requirements for students enrolled in the single degree are outlined further below.

For details of the non-education component of double degrees refer to the 'Requirements' section of the relevant course entry in the University Handbook.

Education major

  • EDF1303 Learning and educational inquiry 1
  • EDF1304 Learning and educational inquiry 2
  • EDF2210 Child and adolescent development
  • EDF2031 Indigenous perspectives on teaching and learning
  • EDF3210 Education policy and practice
  • EDF3211 Inclusive education: Teaching diverse learners
  • EDF4260 Curriculum, assessment and evaluation
  • EDF4039 Professional identity, leadership and engagement

Curriculum major

  • EDF2020 English and literacies 1
  • EDF2021 Mathematics and numeracy 1
  • EDF3021 Mathematics and numeracy 2
  • EDF3022 Arts education in the primary years
  • EDF4020 English and literacies 2
  • EDF4022 Humanities and social education in the primary years
  • EDF4023 Science education in the primary years
  • EDF4024 Health and physical education for wellbeing in the primary curriculum
  • EDF4025 Cross-curriculum priorities: Environment and sustainability
  • EDF4038 Researching innovative practices in childhood education

Professional experience units

  • EDF1053 Primary professional experience 1A
  • EDF1054 Primary professional experience 1B
  • EDF2053 Primary professional experience 2A
  • EDF2054 Primary professional experience 2B
  • EDF3053 Primary professional experience 3A
  • EDF3054 Primary professional experience 3B
  • EDF4053 Primary professional experience 4A
  • EDF4054 Primary professional experience 4B

4228 Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Additional requirements for students enrolled in the single degree are outlined below.

Education priorities sequence

  • EDF1028 Information and communication technologies across the curriculum
  • EDF1029 Learners with special needs in the primary classroom
  • EDF2028 Health, wellbeing and social learning in primary contexts
  • EDF2029 Active citizenship and community connections: Local and global

Discipline sequences or stream

Students complete one of the discipline sequences or streams below plus the following two units:

  • EDF3023 Advanced pedagogy in the primary years A
  • EDF3024 Advanced pedagogy in the primary years B
Leadership in English and literacy discipline sequence
  • EDF1151 Fundamentals of the English language
  • EDF1152 Reading and writing the world
  • EDF2151 New literacies
  • EDF2152 Diverse literacies
  • EDF3151 Literacy theory, policy, and practice
  • EDF3152 Leading English and literacy
Leadership in mathematics and numeracy discipline sequence
  • EDF1161 Doing and learning mathematics
  • EDF1162 Subject knowledge for teaching: Number and algebra
  • EDF2161 Numeracy and mathematics for learning and life
  • EDF2162 Subject knowledge for teaching: Measurement and geometry
  • EDF3161 Subject knowledge for teaching: Statistics and probability
  • EDF3162 Leading mathematics and numeracy
LOTE (Languages other than English) discipline sequence

Students complete a sequence of six language units from the Faculty of Arts. The sequence must comprise two units at each of levels 1, 2 and 3.

Health and physical education discipline sequence
  • EDF1171 Sociocultural foundations of health and physical education
  • EDF1172 Biophysical and behavioural foundations of health and physical education
  • four other units - two at level 2 and two at level 3
Visual arts stream
  • EDF1181 Studio arts
  • EDF1182 Visual arts and culture in the primary years
  • EDF2127 Art fundamentals
  • EDF2182 Innovation in pedagogy through film and new media
  • EDF3181 Art, environment and community
  • EDF3182 Producing and illustrating children's books

Two education electiveseducation electives ( chosen from the Faculty of Education.

Relevant courses

Single degree
  • 4228 Bachelor of Education (Primary)
Double degrees
  • 1541 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • 3711 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • 2070 Bachelor of Sport and Outdoor Recreation and Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • 3712 Bachelor of Visual Arts and Bachelor of Education (Primary)