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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 adolescents from 12 to 18 years of age in secondary schools from Year 7 to Year 12 as a specialist teacher of health and physical education, health and human development and a third subject area of your choice, such as outdoor education and environmental studies. It will also prepare you to work more broadly in community, recreational and sporting settings. You will develop an understanding of adolescent learning and the nature of secondary education including areas such as classroom teaching and practice in schools, curriculum planning, implementation and evaluation, and education and its relationship to society.



Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Part A. Education studies (36 points)

Students complete:

  • EDF1303 Learning and educational inquiry 1
  • EDF1304 Learning and educational inquiry 2
  • EDF2005 Professional responsibilities, practice and relationships
  • EDF2007 Adolescent development and learning
  • EDF3007 Developing multiple literacies in education
  • EDF3009 Schooling, education and equity: Local and global perspectives

Part B. Curriculum studies (54 points)

Students complete:

  • EDF1071 Introduction to health and physical education
  • EDF1072 Contemporary issues in health and physical education
  • EDF2071 Interdisciplinary studies in health and physical education
  • EDF2072 Social and environmental influences on health and physical education
  • EDF3071 Community development and partnerships
  • EDF4803 Physical education method
  • EDF4804 Health method

Method unit A* or EDF5169 Outdoor education in the secondary years A**

Method unit B* or EDF5170 Outdoor education in the secondary years B**

* Corresponding to the discipline studies taken in section C below. Refer to the secondary specialist/discipline areassecondary specialist/discipline areas (, prerequisites and units.

**For students completing the outdoor education and environmental studies discipline only.

Part C. Discipline studies (102 points)

Students complete:

Discipline study 1: Health and physical education (66 points)
  • EDF1171 Sociocultural foundations of health and physical education
  • EDF1172 Biophysical and behavioural foundations of health and physical education
  • EDF2171 Motor control and skill acquisition
  • EDF2172 Applied movement contexts in health and physical education 1
  • EDF2173 Perspectives on health
  • EDF3072 Leadership, policy and pedagogies in health and physical education
  • EDF3073 Health, sustainability and wellbeing
  • EDF3171 Applied movement contexts in health and physical education 2
  • EDF3172 Inclusion and diversity in movement contexts
  • EDF4101 Research project in education
  • EDF4171 Advanced sport and exercise science
Discipline study 2 (36 points)

One of the following secondary specialist/discipline areassecondary specialist/discipline areas ( options:

  • Outdoor education and environmental studies - a six-unit discipline study
  • Social education - a six-unit discipline study
  • Biology - a four-unit discipline study plus two undergraduate education electives
  • Business - a four-unit discipline study plus two undergraduate education electives
  • Geography - a four-unit discipline study plus two undergraduate education electives
  • Mathematics - a four-unit discipline study plus two undergraduate education electives

Part D. Professional studies (12 points)

Students complete 80 days of supervised professional experience in secondary schools.

Students complete:

  • EDF1055 Secondary professional experience 1A (0 points)
  • EDF1056 Secondary professional experience 1B (0 points)
  • EDF2055 Secondary professional experience 2A (0 points)
  • EDF2056 Secondary professional experience 2B (0 points)
  • EDF3055 Secondary professional experience 3A (0 points)
  • EDF3056 Secondary professional experience 3B (0 points)
  • EDF4006 Professional engagement and leadership
  • EDF4055 Secondary professional experience 4A (0 points)
  • EDF4056 Secondary professional experience 4B (0 points)
  • EDF4100 Researching teaching and learning


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

Special course requirements

Students must complete as part of their course requirements:

  • a swimming rescue certificate or AUSTSWIM certificate or Swim Teacher's Certificate (ASCTA)
  • a First Aid certificate (minimum Level II).

Both certificates must be current at the time of course completion.

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.