Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 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 2014 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

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) or

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. This course is 4.25 years of full-time study. In order to complete the degree within four years it is necessary for students to overload by 12 points in the second year. This course of study must be completed in a minimum of 4 years and a maximum of 10 years, and enrolment must be continuous.
  • This course requires students to undertake off-campus placements.


This double degree course combines specific studies in arts with those in education and prepares students for careers as secondary teachers and as specialists in one or more areas within the school curriculum. Students develop knowledge of the discipline areas they intend to teach in schools through study in the arts degree. This knowledge is complemented in the education degree through education and curriculum majors which deepen students' understanding of teaching and learning strategies, education policy, theories and practice, and how to engage students in the secondary years in innovative and purposeful learning. Opportunities to learn through practical experiences in schools are provided throughout the course in urban, rural, remote and international schools. This double degree enables students to pursue professional learning opportunities in areas beyond education.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

For the outcomes of the arts component of this double degree refer to 0002 Bachelor of Arts.

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

  • understand and apply leading-edge education policy, theories and research on teaching and learning to their teaching practice
  • understand and implement the Australian CurriculumAustralian Curriculum ( and other relevant curriculums through appropriate pedagogy for learners in Australian and international contexts
  • operate as independent and collaborative beginning teachers in a secondary context
  • use and creatively integrate information and communication technologies in their teaching to support student learning
  • develop teaching and learning strategies that encompass differentiated approaches to meet diverse learners' needs in varied contexts
  • demonstrate a high level of competence as knowledgeable, articulate and reflective practitioners who can be future leaders in the teaching profession
  • engage with the teaching profession to become ethical leaders and practitioners who can develop curriculum, pedagogy and programs that critically respond to education priorities.

Credit for prior studies

Students who have studied before may be eligible for credit for prior studiescredit for prior studies (

Mandatory checks and security clearances

Before participating in a professional placement in any educational setting students must meet specific security clearancessecurity clearances ( that apply to the state or territory where the placement is being undertaken.


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 at times determined by the faculty.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for registrationregistration ( 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 (96 points) and studies in education (108 points), incorporating core, elective and professional experience units.

Areas of study


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



Arts component

Students must complete:

(a.) an arts major (48 points)

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

(c.) additional elective arts units to make up a total of 96 points

By combining some of the core arts requirements, students can complete a double major in two different arts disciplines. For more details on this option, contact the Faculty of ArtsFaculty of Arts (

Education component

Students must complete:

(a.) education major (54 points)

(b.) curriculum major (48 points)

(c.) education elective (6 points)

(d.) professional experience units to complete 80 days of teaching practice (0 points)

For details of the units required for 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 fourth year and the requirements for employment specified by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). Generally, to qualify for a secondary teaching discipline, a candidate requires a minimum of two years of full-time academic study in that discipline. There are additional requirements for some disciplines. Students should consult the VIT websiteVIT website ( in consultation with their course adviser.

Refer to the course mapcourse map ( for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Secondary) for course progression advice.

Progression to further studies

Students interested in further studies in honours in their arts major discipline should contact the Faculty of ArtsFaculty of Arts (

An honourshonours ( program in education may be undertaken by graduates of this course who achieve a distinction average in their final two years of study.

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)