- 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 adolescents from 12 to 18 years of age in secondary schools from Year 7 to Year 12 as a specialist teacher in two specialist teaching areas. Your unit choices within the partner degree course will determine your specialist teaching areas. 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 Understanding learning and learners
  • EDF1304 Understanding teaching for learning
  • 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:

  • EDF2006 Education priorities
  • EDF2008 Becoming a specialist teacher
  • EDF3010 Curriculum development and innovative practice
  • EDF4004 Curriculum, assessment and education policy
  • Method unit 1A*
  • Method unit 1B*
  • Method unit 2A*
  • Method unit 2B*
  • an undergraduate education elective

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

Part C. Discipline studies (96 points)

Students undertake their discipline studies as part of the partner degree. You should consult a Faculty of Education course adviser regarding your choice of majors and minors within your partner degree course to ensure you are fulfilling the requirements of the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). 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 D. Professional studies (18 points)

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

You will 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 Transition and professional engagement
  • EDF4055 Secondary professional experience 4A (0 points)
  • EDF4056 Secondary professional experience 4B (0 points)
  • EDF4100 Researching teaching and learning
  • EDF4101 Research project in education


80 days of professional experienceprofessional experience (http://monash.edu/education/current-students/professional-experience/placements/) completed in secondary 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


Double degrees

Successful completion of this undergraduate specialisation can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the Bachelor of Education (Honours) component in the following double degrees:

  • D3002 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • D3007 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Business
  • D3003 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce
  • D3006 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Fine Art*
  • D3009 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Information Technology
  • D3004 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Music
  • D3005 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Science

* Visual arts specialisation only.