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Postgraduate - 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


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


This Master of Teaching specialisation qualifies graduates to teach children from birth to 12 years of age in childcare, preschool and primary school. Students develop an understanding of learning at the heart of teaching and acquire a perspective of teaching as the power to change. They learn how to support children's transition to and within the early years of schooling, and actively engage with contemporary theories, concepts and practices of early years and primary education. Students learn about the range of local and international services and social/cultural contexts of provision for children aged birth to 12 years, and focus on the key elements of the primary curriculum including English and literacies, mathematics, arts, humanities, science, technology, and health and physical education. They develop abilities to practise and report on effective assessment of children's development, and the skills to work with families and communities. They learn how inclusive practices meet a diversity of student needs and build a repertoire of strategies to manage classroom settings. Professional understanding and skills are extended through 70 days of supervised professional experience, and students learn to generate and reflect on evidence to evaluate their practice and build professional judgement. This specialisation prepares students to become effective and proactive leaders and educators in early years and primary education.


Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Students must complete:

  • EDF4120 Learning at the heart of teaching
  • EDF4121 Teaching: The power to change
  • EDF4122 Teaching partnerships: Working with families and communities
  • EDF4123 Literacy across the years
  • EDF5016 Inclusive teaching
  • EDF5017 Numeracy for learners and teachers
  • EDF5018 Curriculum, assessment and reporting
  • EDF5019 Teacher as professional leader
  • EDF5021 Lenses on child development
  • EDF5023 Creative development for children
  • EDF5024 Play and pedagogy
  • EDF5025 Early childhood policy transformations
  • EDF5030 Science education in the primary years
  • EDF5031 Literacy and English education in the primary years
  • EDF5032 Numeracy and mathematics education in the primary years
  • EDF5035 Health and physical education in the primary years
  • EDF5925 Early years professional experience 1 (0 points)
  • EDF5927 Early years professional experience 3 (0 points)
  • EDF5928 Early years professional experience 4 (0 points)
  • EDF5931 Primary professional experience 1 (0 points)
  • EDF5935 Primary professional experience 5 (0 points)

Refer to the course mapcourse map (http://monash.edu/education/current-students/courses/maps/2015/2015-map-d6001-mteach-ey-prim.pdf) for course progression advice.


70 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

D6001 Master of Teaching