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


  • 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 primary school children from five to 12 years of age in primary schools. Students develop an understanding of how primary school aged children learn and how they can be effectively and creatively taught in key curriculum areas such as English and literacies, mathematics, arts education, humanities and social education, science, health and physical education, and studies of the environment and sustainability. In addition, students can develop content knowledge in specific areas by completing discipline studies in English and literacy, mathematics and numeracy or Languages Other than English (LOTE).


Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Education studies

Include developing understanding of teaching and learning theories for primary school children, and how to critically reflect on contemporary education issues and child development.

Students complete:

  • EDF1303 Learning and educational inquiry 1
  • EDF1304 Learning and educational inquiry 2
  • EDF2210 Child and adolescent development
  • EDF2031 Indigenous perspectives on teaching and learning
  • EDF3210 Education policy and practice*
  • EDF3211 Inclusive education: Teaching diverse learners
  • EDF4260 Curriculum, assessment and evaluation

* This unit is completed only by students studying the Bachelor of Education (Honours) as a single degree. It is an enrichment unit that does not cover core content.

Curriculum studies

Focus on the key elements of the primary curriculum; English and literacies, mathematics, arts education, humanities and social education, science, physical and health education, assessment and evaluation and studies of the environment and sustainability.

Students complete:

* These units are completed only by students studying the Bachelor of Education (Honours) as a single degree. They are enrichment units that do not cover core content.

Discipline studies

Develop content knowledge in specific areas of learning. If the Primary education specialisation is taken as a double degree with the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Visual Arts, the discipline studies requirement is completed in the partner degree.

For students in the single degree

Students complete one of the discipline sequences below plus the following two units:

  • EDF3023 Advanced pedagogy in the primary years A
  • EDF3024 Advanced pedagogy in the primary years B
Leadership in English and literacy
  • EDF1151 Fundamentals of the English language
  • EDF1152 Reading and writing the world
  • EDF2151 New literacies
  • EDF2152 Diverse literacies
  • EDF3151 Literacy theory, policy and practice
  • EDF3152 Leading English and literacy
Leadership in mathematics and numeracy
  • EDF1161 Doing and learning mathematics
  • EDF1162 Subject knowledge for teaching: Number and algebra
  • EDF2161 Numeracy and mathematics for learning and life
  • EDF2162 Subject knowledge for teaching: Measurement and geometry
  • EDF3161 Subject knowledge for teaching: Statistics and probability
  • EDF3162 Leading mathematics and numeracy
LOTE (Languages Other than English)

For students in a double degree

Students meet the requirement for discipline studies through their studies in the partner degree:

Professional studies

Comprise professional experience and research units. Students engage in research, develop understanding of professional identity and leadership, and gain practical teaching experience by completing 80 days of supervised professional experience in primary schools.

Students complete:

  • EDF1053 Primary professional experience 1A (0 points)
  • EDF1054 Primary professional experience 1B (0 points)
  • EDF2053 Primary professional experience 2A (0 points)
  • EDF2054 Primary professional experience 2B (0 points)
  • EDF3036 Professional studies
  • EDF3053 Primary professional experience 3A (0 points)
  • EDF3054 Primary professional experience 3B (0 points)
  • EDF4053 Primary professional experience 4A (0 points)
  • EDF4054 Primary professional experience 4B (0 points)
  • EDF4100 Researching teaching and learning
  • EDF4101 Research project in education

Refer to each single and double degree specialisation course mapcourse map ( for course progression advice.


80 days of professional experienceprofessional experience ( completed in primary schools.

Professional recognition

This specialisation is accredited by professional bodies. Refer to Professional registration and accreditationProfessional registration and accreditation ( for information.

Relevant courses

  • D3001 Bachelor of Education (Honours)
  • D3002 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • D3005 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Science
  • D3006 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Visual Arts