- 2017



Commencement year

This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2017 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 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



This specialisation will prepare you to teach children and adolescents from five to 18 years of age 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 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 Understanding learning and learners
  • EDF1304 Understanding teaching for learning
  • EDF2031 Indigenous perspectives on teaching and learning
  • EDF2210 Fostering positive child and adolescent behaviour and development
  • EDF2211 Classroom practice
  • EDF3210 Education policy and practice
  • EDF3218 Curriculum, assessment and evaluation

Part B. Curriculum studies (72 points)

Students complete:

  • EDF1205 English education 1
  • EDF1206 Mathematics education 1
  • EDF2214 Science education
  • EDF2215 Mathematics education 2
  • EDF3219 English education 2
  • EDF4251 Creative arts education
  • EDF4252 Integrated approaches to science learning and teaching
  • EDF4253 Humanities and social sciences in the primary and secondary years
  • EDF4254 Developing literacy and numeracy across the curriculum
  • EDF4268 Health and physical education
  • Method unit 2A*
  • Method unit 2B*

* Corresponding to the additional discipline study taken in Part C below. Refer to the secondary specialist/discipline areas, prerequisites and unitssecondary specialist/discipline areas, prerequisites and units (http://www.monash.edu/education/current-students/courses/units/secondary-specialisms).

Part C. Discipline studies (84 points)

Students complete:

Inclusive education
  • EDF1551 Foundation 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 needing increased support
  • EDF4100 Researching teaching and learning
  • EDF4101 Research project in education
Additional discipline

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 Transition and professional engagement
  • EDF4041 Professional experience 4A (0 points)
  • EDF4042 Professional experience 4B (0 points)


85 days of professional experienceprofessional experience (http://monash.edu/education/current-students/professional-experience/placements/) completed in primary and secondary schools, including special education settings, and 30 to 40 hours of fieldwork.

Professional recognition

This specialisation is accredited by professional bodies. Refer to Professional recognitionProfessional recognition (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2017handbooks/undergrad/edu-04.html) 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.