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Students who commenced study in 2016 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; 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.

Monash University


Commencement year

This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook.

Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Education component of any bachelors double degrees.

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

Managing faculty

Faculty of Education


Faculty of Education



This specialisation will qualify you to teach children and adolescents aged from five to 18 years in primary and secondary schools from Foundation to Year 12 and will equip you with specialist knowledge and skills for working in inclusive and special education settings. At the primary level, you will develop an understanding of how primary school aged children learn, including those with special needs, and how they can be effectively and creatively taught across all primary 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. At the secondary level, you will also focus on adolescent learning and the nature of secondary education, especially for students with special needs, including areas such as classroom teaching and practice in schools, curriculum planning, implementation and evaluation, education and its relationship to society, and discipline studies.



Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Part A. Education studies (42 points)

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
  • EDF2211 Classroom practice
  • EDF3210 Education policy and practice
  • EDF4260 Curriculum, assessment and evaluation

Part B. Curriculum studies (78 points)

Students complete:

Part C. Discipline studies (72 points)

Students complete:

Special education
  • EDF1551 Foundations to inclusive education
  • EDF1552 Using assessment to respond to diversity across the school years
  • EDF2551 Understanding behaviour in classrooms and schools
  • EDF2552 Learning and teaching for students with diverse needs in various education settings
  • EDF3551 Curriculum in inclusive education
  • EDF3552 Teaching and learning of students with complex needs
  • EDF4101 Research project in education
  • EDF4551 Collaborative principles, partnerships and procedures
Additional discipline
  • a minor (four-unit discipline study) chosen from the faculty's discipline studies list.

Part D. Professional studies (12 points)

Students complete 85 days of supervised professional experience in primary schools, secondary schools and special education settings.

Students complete:

  • EDF1101 Fieldwork experience 1A (0 points)
  • EDF1102 Fieldwork experience 1B (0 points)
  • EDF2101 Professional experience 2A (0 points)
  • EDF2102 Professional experience 2B (0 points)
  • EDF3101 Professional experience 3A (0 points)
  • EDF3102 Professional experience 3B (0 points)
  • EDF4006 Professional engagement and leadership
  • EDF4041 Professional experience 4A (0 points)
  • EDF4042 Professional experience 4B (0 points)
  • EDF4100 Researching teaching and learning


85 days of professional experienceprofessional experience ( completed in primary and secondary schools, including special education settings, and 20 days of fieldwork.

Professional recognition

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

Relevant courses


Single degrees

Successful completion of this undergraduate specialisation can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the following single degree:

  • D3001 Bachelor of Education (Honours)

Students in other single bachelor's degrees or Bachelor or Education (Honours) double degrees are not eligible to complete this specialisation.