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
Abbreviated titleBSOR/BEd(Prim)
CRICOS code064760G
Total credit points required204
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Peninsula)
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. The 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 sport and outdoor recreation with those in education and prepares students for careers as teachers in primary schools. The course develops students' understanding of child development, educational theories and practice and how to involve children from age 5 to 12 years in engaging, innovative and purposeful learning. The education and curriculum majors give students extensive understanding of teaching and learning strategies, education policy, theories and practice, and develop knowledge about teaching the primary school curriculum. 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 (

Upon successful completion of the sport and outdoor recreation component of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate the knowledge and skills of those seeking to work in the sport, outdoor recreation, and active lifestyles, health and wellbeing promotion professions
  • display interdisciplinary knowledge, skills and leadership, coaching and/or instructional competencies in sport and outdoor recreation
  • understand the community and lifespan perspectives of physical activity, outdoor experiences and their role in health promotion, wellbeing and sustainable living
  • understand the need for professional, safe and appropriate standards of competence in sport and outdoor recreation.

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

  • understand leading-edge theories and evidence-based research on child development and primary school education issues to inform their teaching and learning beliefs and practices
  • select and creatively integrate information communication technologies to advance children's learning
  • develop productive and meaningful relationships with families and the broader community to enrich the lives of learners and to develop respectful and inclusive practices
  • critically consider a range of perspectives, including spatial, temporal and sociological views, and respond to diversity in primary schools
  • understand and implement the Australian CurriculumAustralian Curriculum ( and appropriate pedagogy for learners in the Australian and international context
  • engage with the primary education profession to become ethical leaders and practitioners who can develop curriculum, pedagogy and programs that meet diverse learners' needs
  • understand primary education (ages 5 to 12) as a complex, critical period of learning and development for school-aged children
  • contribute to a multi-disciplinary, professional approach to support the development of young learners.

Credit for prior studies

Students who have studied before may be eligible for credit for prior studiescredit for prior studies ( Where the faculty has an articulation agreement with an institution, credit for prior studies as outlined in the agreement will be honoured.

Special requirements

Students are required to complete a swimming rescue certificate or AUSTSWIM certificate or Swim Teacher's Certificate (ASCTA) and a First Aid certificate (minimum Level II) as part of their course requirements. Both must be current at the time of course completion.

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 successfully complete the outdoor experiences and physical activity requirements of each unit (a minimum of approximately 40 to 60 days in total over the course duration).

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 primary school teachers in the government, Catholic and independent school systems in Victoria (including as health and physical education teachers if the approved unit sequence is followed). For interstate and overseas positions, applicants are advised to check with local authorities.

Students seeking registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (or their local authority) should check the latest registration requirements for certifications in First Aid and/or AUSTSWIM or similar.


This course consists of studies in sport and outdoor recreation (96 points) and studies in education (108 points), incorporating core, elective and professional experience units, and fieldwork.

Areas of study


Sport and outdoor recreation component

Students complete:

  • EDF1611 Introduction to sport and outdoor recreation
  • EDF1612 Foundations of outdoor recreation
  • EDF1613 Biophysical foundations of physical activity A
  • EDF1614 Biophysical foundations of physical activity B
  • EDF1615 Experiential environmental education
  • EDF1616 Lifespan physical activity and wellness
  • EDF2611 Experiencing aquatic environments
  • EDF2612 Experiential education in sport and outdoor recreation
  • EDF2613 Adventure education
  • EDF2614 Outdoor leadership and programming
  • EDF2615 Community physical activity and wellness
  • EDF2616 Coaching
  • EDF2618 Dance in education
  • EDF3616 Camp planning and practices or one sport and outdoor recreation elective*
  • EDF3619 Sport and physical activity education or EDF3615 Experiencing the Australian landscape
  • EDF3622 Advanced sports coaching and development or EDF3613 Trends, controversies and issues in outdoor recreation

* The sport and outdoor recreation elective must be approved and chosen in consultation with the course adviser.

Education component

Students must complete:

(a.) education major (48 points)

(b.) curriculum major (60 points)

(c.) 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'.

Refer to the course mapcourse map ( for the Bachelor of Sport and Outdoor Recreation and Bachelor of Education (Primary) for course progression advice.

Progression to further studies

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 Sport and Outdoor Recreation prior to the completion of the double degree course must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the sport and outdoor recreation requirements for the double degree course.


Bachelor of Education (Primary)
Bachelor of Sport and Outdoor Recreation