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)City (Melbourne), 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 from birth to eight years of age in childcare, kindergartens and preschools, and to support children's transition to school. 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 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.

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
  • EDF4028 Understanding place, space and education
  • EDF4029 Play in lifelong learning
  • EDF4031 Sociology of early childhood

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
  • EDF4033 Innovation in curriculum and pedagogy in schools
  • EDF4034 Educating the young mathematician
  • EDF4035 Early childhood learning though new media and technologies

Professional studies

Comprise professional experience and research units. Students develop the capacity to be leaders in early childhood, and gain practical teaching experience by completing 80 days of supervised professional experience in early childhood settings.

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
  • EDF2052 Early years professional experience 2B (0 points)
  • EDF2053 Primary professional experience 2A (0 points)
  • EDF3036 Professional studies
  • EDF3038 Professionalism, ethics and interdisciplinary work in education
  • EDF3039 Leadership and management in education contexts
  • EDF3051 Early years professional experience 3A (0 points)
  • EDF3054 Primary professional experience 3B (0 points)
  • EDF4051 Early years professional experience 4A (0 points)
  • EDF4052 Early years 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/) for course progression advice.


80 days of professional experienceprofessional experience (http://monash.edu/education/current-students/professional-experience/placements/) completed in early childhood settings.

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)