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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


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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


Berwick, Peninsula

This specialisation will qualify you to teach children aged five to 12 years in primary schools from Foundation to Year 6. You will actively engage with contemporary theories, concepts and practices of primary education, developing inclusive practices to meet a diversity of children's needs and building a repertoire of strategies to manage children's learning in classroom settings. All the key elements of the primary curriculum including English and literacies, mathematics, arts, humanities and social education, science, and health and physical education will be included. You will acquire effective strategies for assessing children's development within particular learning areas and designing learning experiences to ensure their ongoing progress.


All units are six credit points unless otherwise stated.

The professional experience units below require 60 days of professional experience, in four blocks of 15 days, completed in primary school settings.

For specialist studies (54 points) students complete:

  • EDF5016 Inclusive teaching
  • EDF5017 Numeracy for learners and teachers
  • EDF5018 Curriculum, assessment and reporting
  • 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
  • EDF5033 Humanities and social sciences education in the primary years
  • EDF5034 Arts and design education in the primary years
  • EDF5035 Health and physical education in the primary years

For professional studies (18 points) students complete:

  • EDF5019 Teacher as professional leader
  • EDF5931 Primary professional experience 1 (0 points)
  • EDF5932 Primary professional experience 2 (0 points)
  • EDF5933 Primary professional experience 3 (0 points)
  • EDF5934 Primary professional experience 4 (0 points)

and one of the following:

  • EDF5099 Education research project (12 points)*
  • a master's unit chosen from the elective list below (12 points)

* This unit is only available by invitation, dependent on the results achieved in the course. It may provide a pathway to a research degree.

Elective list

Note: This elective list will change from time to time and not all units are available on every campus, every semester or every year. Some units are available in flexible mode.

  • EDF5632 Understanding inclusion in learning communities
  • EDF5640 Language, culture and curriculum
  • EDF5641 Pedagogy and assessment in TESOL
  • EDF5642 Bilingualism and content-based programs
  • EDF5645 Educating the gifted
  • EDF5646 Talent development and diversity
  • EDF5647 Technology and education key issues and debates
  • EDF5648 Instructional design: Harnessing digital technologies for learning
  • EDF5649 Language and literacies across educational contexts
  • EDF5651 Developing expertise in mathematics education
  • EDF5654 Teaching music: Theory and practice
  • EDF5655 Expertise in teaching
  • EDF5656 Practising inclusion
  • EDF5657 Indigenous perspectives in professional practice
  • EDF5658 Young people: Culture, communities and education
  • EDF5661 Designing learning for adults
  • EDF5662 Leading local, rural and regional learning and participation
  • EDF5663 Education and globalisation in the Asian century
  • EDF5664 Learning through participation
  • EDF5665 Environmental education, design and learning for sustainability
  • EDF5666 Education, development and ecological sustainability
  • EDF5667 Positive behaviour support
  • EDF5674 Engaging with practices of contemporary science
  • EDF5691 Professional project
  • EDF5692 Professional practice in special and inclusive education
  • EDF5693 Using and evaluating research evidence
  • EDF5694 Taking a stand in education debates
  • EDF5695 Self-study as professional inquiry
  • EDF5810 VCAL and VET at school
  • EDF5814 Creative research approaches


60 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

D6001 Master of Teaching