Monash University

Honours - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this area of study 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 area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Education
Campus(es)Berwick, Peninsula


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


This Bachelor of Education (Honours) specialisation qualifies graduates to teach children from birth to 12 years of age in childcare, kindergartens, preschools and primary schools, as educators spanning both the early childhood and primary years. Students study in depth how to engage children in meaningful learning through innovative pedagogical practice.

Credit for prior studies

Students are awarded one full year (48 credit points) of credit towards the first year of the Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Early Years and Primary Education on the successful completion of the Diploma of Children's Services or equivalent as determined by the faculty. Where the faculty has an articulation agreement with an institution, credit for prior studies as outlined in the agreement will be honoured.


Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Education studies

Include contemporary child development theories, sociology and educational psychology and practices and innovation in curriculum and pedagogy in schools.

Students complete:

  • EDF1033 Education for environment and sustainability
  • EDF1039 Inclusivity and partnerships in early childhood education
  • EDF1303 Learning and educational inquiry 1
  • EDF1304 Learning and educational inquiry 2
  • EDF2030 Contemporary child development theories and practices
  • EDF2031 Indigenous perspectives on teaching and learning
  • EDF2033 Learning with children, their families and communities
  • EDF2039 Children and childhood across time: Policies and practices
  • EDF3030 Diversity in child development
  • EDF3031 Local and global perspectives in education policy
  • EDF3033 Change and transition in children's education
  • EDF4032 Contemporary theories of learning development

Integrated curriculum and discipline studies

Content knowledge and discipline studies are integrated under the curriculum studies theme, with emphasis on exploring young children's learning holistically in diverse contexts, through a range of pedagogical perspectives and practices.

Students complete:

  • EDF1030 English and literacy learning
  • EDF1031 Creative learning in childhood through music and the arts
  • EDF1032 Thinking mathematically from an early age
  • EDF2032 Learning through play pedagogies
  • EDF2034 Learning about patterns, shapes and numbers through play
  • EDF2035 Health and physical wellbeing in the young child
  • EDF3032 Children's literature, storytelling and the arts
  • EDF3034 Children's literacy development
  • EDF3035 Investigating our world: Science, technology and the environment
  • EDF3181 Art, environment and community
  • EDF4022 Humanities and social education in the primary years
  • EDF4023 Science and technology education in the primary years
  • EDF4024 Health and physical education for wellbeing in the primary curriculum
  • EDF4033 Innovation in curriculum and pedagogy in schools
  • EDF4037 Thinking mathematically in primary education

Professional studies

Comprise professional experience and research units. Students also learn how to provide leadership and management in a range of early childhood education and school settings, and gain practical teaching experience by completing 90 days of supervised professional experience in early childhood settings and primary schools.

Students complete:

  • EDF1038 Introduction to the early childhood education field
  • EDF1051 Early years professional experience 1A (0 points)
  • EDF1052 Early years professional experience 1B (0 points)
  • EDF2038 Curriculum, assessment and documentation in education
  • EDF2051 Early years professional experience 2A (0 points)
  • EDF2057 Primary professional experience 2C (0 points)
  • EDF3036 Professional studies
  • EDF3038 Professionalism, ethics and interdisciplinary work in education
  • EDF3039 Leadership and management in education contexts
  • EDF3052 Early years professional experience 3B (0 points)
  • EDF3054 Primary professional experience 3B (0 points)
  • EDF4050 Early years professional experience 4C (0 points)
  • EDF4054 Primary professional experience 4B (0 points)
  • EDF4100 Researching teaching and learning
  • EDF4101 Research project in education

Refer to the course mapcourse map (http://monash.edu/education/current-students/courses/maps/2015/2015-map-d3001-ey-prim.pdf) for course progression advice.


90 days of professional experienceprofessional experience (http://monash.edu/education/current-students/professional-experience/placements/) in early childhood settings and primary schools.

Professional recognition

This specialisation is accredited by professional bodies. Refer to Professional registration and accreditationProfessional registration and accreditation (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2014handbooks/undergrad/edu-04.html) for information.

Relevant courses

D3001 Bachelor of Education (Honours)