- 2018



Commencement year

This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2018 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 infants and children from birth to 12 years of age in childcare, kindergartens, preschools and primary schools. You will learn how to engage young children in meaningful learning through innovative pedagogical practice and you will learn how to help them develop their creative, physical, personal, intellectual and social capabilities. You will learn how to support children's transition to school and their progress through the primary years. You will actively engage with contemporary theories, concepts and practices of early years and 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. You will also develop an understanding of how primary school aged children learn 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. You will develop a deep understanding of the social and cultural contexts of early years provision for children, develop skills to work with families and communities and learn to identify the range of local and international early years services available to practitioners.

Credit for prior studies

Students are awarded one full year (48 credit points) of credit towards the first year of the Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Early Years and Primary Education on the successful completion of the Diploma of Children's Services or equivalent as determined by the faculty. Where the faculty has an articulation agreement with an institution, credit for prior studies as outlined in the agreement will be honoured.



Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Part A. Education studies (72 points)

Students complete:

  • EDF1033 Education for environment and sustainability
  • EDF1039 Inclusivity and partnerships in early childhood education
  • EDF1303 Understanding learning and learners
  • EDF1304 Understanding teaching for learning
  • EDF2030 Contemporary child development theories and practices
  • EDF2031 Indigenous perspectives on teaching and learning
  • EDF2033 Learning with children, their families and communities
  • EDF2039 Children and childhood across time: Policies and practices
  • EDF3030 Diversity in child development
  • EDF3031 Local and global perspectives in education policy
  • EDF3033 Change and transition in children's education
  • EDF3037 Contemporary theories of learning development

Parts B. and C. Integrated curriculum and discipline studies (90 points)

Students complete:

  • EDF1030 English and literacy learning
  • EDF1031 Creative learning in childhood through music and the arts
  • EDF1032 Thinking mathematically from an early age
  • EDF2032 Learning through play pedagogies
  • EDF2034 Learning about patterns, shapes and numbers through play
  • EDF2035 Health and physical wellbeing in the young child
  • EDF3032 Children's literature, storytelling and the arts
  • EDF3034 Children's literacy development
  • EDF3035 Investigating our world: Science, technology and the environment
  • EDF3181 Art, environment and community
  • EDF4022 Humanities and social education in the primary years
  • EDF4023Not offered in 2018 Science and technology education in the primary years
  • EDF4024 Health and physical education for wellbeing in the primary curriculum
  • EDF4033Not offered in 2018 Innovation in curriculum and pedagogy in schools
  • EDF4037 Thinking mathematically in primary education

Part D. Professional studies (42 points)

Students complete 95 days of supervised professional experience in early childhood settings and primary schools.

Students complete:

  • EDF1038 Introduction to the early childhood education field
  • EDF1051 Early years professional experience 1A (0 points)
  • EDF1052 Early years professional experience 1B (0 points)
  • EDF2038 Curriculum, assessment and documentation in education
  • EDF2050 Early years professional experience 2C (0 points)
  • EDF2051 Early years professional experience 2A (0 points)
  • EDF3038 Professionalism, ethics and interdisciplinary work in education
  • EDF3039 Leadership and management in education contexts
  • EDF3054 Primary professional experience 3B (0 points)
  • EDF3058 Early years professional experience 3C (0 points)
  • EDF4006 Transition and professional engagement
  • EDF4059 Primary professional experience 4C (0 points)
  • EDF4060Not offered in 2018 Primary professional experience 4D (0 points)
  • EDF4100 Researching teaching and learning
  • EDF4101 Research project in education


95 days of professional experienceprofessional experience (http://monash.edu/education/current-students/professional-experience/placements/) in early childhood settings and primary schools.

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.