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 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

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 of study must be completed in a minimum of 4 years and a maximum of 10 years, and enrolment must be continuous.
  • Students may be required to undertake discipline study units at Caulfield, Clayton or 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 as well as 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 AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

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

  • develop curriculum, pedagogy and programs that meet the diverse needs of learners
  • operate as independent and collaborative beginning teachers in a primary context and in a selected discipline in a secondary context
  • teach in special education settings and facilitate inclusion within regular schools
  • develop productive and meaningful relationships with students, families and the broader community to enrich the lives of learners and to develop respectful and inclusive practices
  • demonstrate a high level of competence as knowledgeable, articulate and reflective practitioners who can be future leaders in the teaching profession
  • understand and implement the Australian CurriculumAustralian Curriculum ( and appropriate pedagogy for learners in the Australian and international context
  • apply leading-edge education policy, theories and research on teaching and learning to their teaching practice
  • use and creatively integrate information and communication technologies in their teaching to support student learning
  • engage with the teaching profession to become ethical leaders and practitioners.

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. 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 at times determined by the faculty.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for registrationregistration ( 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 core units, a specialisation in special education, discipline study units, and fieldwork and professional experience units.

Areas of study


Students complete:

(a.) education major (54 points)

(b.) curriculum major (72 points)

(c.) discipline study 1 (Special education) (42 points)

(d.) discipline study 2 (24 points)

(e.) fieldwork units to complete 20 days of fieldwork (0 points)

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

For details of the units required, refer to the link under 'Areas of study'.

Refer to the course mapcourse map ( for the Bachelor of Education (Special Education) for course progression advice.

Progression to further studies

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


Bachelor of Education (Special Education)