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(Prim)
CRICOS code078859D
Total credit points required192
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 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 course 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. The course offers unique opportunities to become specialist teachers in areas such as English and literacy, mathematics and numeracy, languages other than English (LOTE), health and physical education or to take a stream in visual arts. Opportunities to learn through practical experiences in schools are provided throughout the course in urban, rural, remote and international schools.


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:

  • 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 (

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 primary 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 core units, education priorities and discipline sequence units, elective and professional experience units.

Areas of study


Students must complete:

(a.) education major (48 points)

(b.) curriculum major (60 points)

(c.) education priorities sequence (24 points)

(d.) discipline sequence or stream (48 points)

(e.) two education electives (12 points)

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

Unit restrictions: students can take a maximum of 10 first-year level units (60 points).

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

Refer to the course mapcourse map ( for the Bachelor of Education (Primary) 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 (Primary)