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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education

Managing facultyEducation
Abbreviated titleBA/BEd
CRICOS code064762F
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland, Peninsula)
Contact details

Gippsland: telephone +61 3 9902 6367 or email gippslandcourseinfo@education.monash.edu.au.

Peninsula: telephone +61 3 9904 4291 or email peninsulacourseinfo@education.monash.edu.au.

Course coordinator

Dr Michael Dyson (Gippsland), Dr Chris Peers (Peninsula)

Notes

  • Peninsula students note: All arts units and some education units are taken at Clayton campus, see 'Requirements' for details. This course requires students to undertake off-campus placements.

Description

The Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary) combines specific studies with the theory and practice of primary teaching. The education degree provides a comprehensive knowledge of the theoretical foundations of education, curriculum studies and practical experiences in schools and other appropriate settings, with the opportunity to gain overseas or remote practical experiences. When students take the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education double degree, they are able to complete both courses in four years of full-time study at a normal course load for each year.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that students will have:

  • acquired the skills that will effectively allow them to plan and deliver primary school educational programs
  • gained an understanding of curriculum development and the significance of the key areas of learning taught in primary schools
  • developed knowledge about child development underlying professional practice and an understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of primary teacher education
  • understood and appreciated the cultural contexts of schooling and the diversity of the student population
  • developed the capacity to be responsive to the needs of children, their families and communities in a flexible and innovative way.

For objectives of the Arts component of this double degree go to http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2010handbooks/courses/0002.html

Fieldwork

Students must complete teaching practice which consists of a minimum of 80 days of satisfactory supervised school experience. Those students who are employed in schools must complete a minimum of 50 per cent of supervised placement in a setting other than the school in which they are employed. Students must be available to undertake school placements on a full-time basis and attend their placement for full days at times determined by the faculty.

Professional recognition

Graduates will be eligible for registration and employment as primary school teachers in Victoria. For interstate and overseas positions, applicants are advised to check registration and employment requirements with local authorities.

Structure

To receive the awards of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education, a student must successfully complete units totalling 192 points, consisting of:

(a.) studies in arts (96 points) including:

  • arts discipline major (48 points)
  • arts discipline minor (24 points)
  • an additional arts discipline first-year sequence (12 points)
  • a further 12 points in arts units.

For full details on the majors and minors offered, refer to the 'Areas of study' at http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/aos/index-ug-byfaculty-arts.html.

(b.) studies in education (96 points) including a series of units relating to the theory and practice of education, teaching and curriculum. Fieldwork placements are also included.

Requirements

First year

Gippsland: all units undertaken at Gippsland

Peninsula/Clayton: All first year education units and all arts units undertaken at Clayton

  • EDF1303 Learning and educational inquiry 1 (five days professional placement)
  • EDF1304 Learning and educational inquiry 2 (five days professional placement)
  • 36 points of arts studies

Second year

Gippsland: all units undertaken at Gippsland

Peninsula/Clayton: All second year education units undertaken at Peninsula; all arts units undertaken at Clayton

  • EDF1307 Early literacy and numeracy 1 (10 days professional placement)
  • EDF2302 Re-imagining children's learning (five days professional placement)
  • 36 points of arts studies

Third year

Gippsland: all units undertaken at Gippsland

Peninsula/Clayton: All third year education units undertaken at Peninsula; all arts units undertaken at Clayton

  • EDF2301 Multiliteracies: mediating the world
  • EDF2304 Early literacy and numeracy 2
  • EDF3301 Numeracy
  • EDF3311 Understanding place and space (15 days professional placement)
  • 24 points of arts studies

Fourth year

Gippsland: all units undertaken at Gippsland

Peninsula/Clayton: All fourth year education units undertaken at Peninsula

Award(s)

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Education