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Monash University Handbook 2011 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 titleBMus/BEd
CRICOS code064783A
Total credit points required216
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details http://www.monash.edu/study/coursefinder/course/2025
Contact details

Education: telephone +61 3 9905 2888, email claytoncourseinfo@monash.edu

Music: telephone +61 3 9905 3231 or music@arts.monash.edu.au or visit http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/music

Course coordinator

Education: http://education.monash.edu.au/courses/advisors.html#course2025

Notes

  • Full-time study only. In order to complete the degree within four years it is necessary for students to overload by 12 points of music study in third year and 12 points of education study in fourth year.
  • This course requires students to undertake off-campus placements.

Description

On completion of the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education (secondary) program of studies, graduates will have a sound preparation for entry into the music education and training professions. The course design draws on important traditional approaches to teaching and learning, and brings together the latest theory, practice and research. There is an emphasis on ethical reflexive practices and the development of an engaged professional identity.

Objectives

 

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

  • have developed rich and integrated theoretical perspectives on teaching and learning as well as the culture and contexts of schooling
  • have linked these theoretical perspectives to different educational contexts and be able to use these linkages to inform and develop their practice
  • have developed a high level of competence as knowledgeable, reflective, research oriented and articulate practitioners
  • be self-sufficient and independent as beginning teachers in a secondary context generally and in the specific areas of humanities education that they select for study in their Bachelor of Music.

For description and objectives for the music component of this double degree visit http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2011handbooks/courses/0821.html

 

 

Fieldwork

The course includes a minimum of 80 days of placement, with some placement being undertaken in each year of the course. In first, second and third year, placements are tied to education units offered. In fourth year, the 50 days of placement are tied to the four professional experience units. These placements involve a program of field visits to different educational sites and include structured teaching experience.

Students must be available to undertake these on a full-time basis for several weeks at a time. For full time students placement is typically conducted in two blocks of five weeks, one each semester. For part-time students it is typically conducted in four blocks of two to three weeks, one block in each of four semesters. These units are taken concurrently with enrolment in the core curriculum units and the curriculum specialism units. They provide supervised teaching practice in the teaching area of the student's curriculum units while on school placement.

Students who are employed in schools must complete at least 25 days of supervised school placement in a setting other than the school at which they are employed.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for registration and employment as secondary teachers in the government, Catholic and independent school systems in Victoria. For interstate and overseas positions, applicants are advised to check with local authorities.

Structure

This course comprises studies in music and studies in education incorporating compulsory and elective units, and teaching placements.

Requirements

Music component

Studies in music (108 points) comprises:

(a.) a primary music major (48 points)

(b.) two music minors (48 points)

(c.) further third year level music units (12 points)

For information on the requirements for these areas of study visit http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2011handbooks/aos/ug-music.html.

Education component

Studies in education (108 points) comprising:

  • a series of units relating to the theory and practice of education, teaching and curriculum
  • professional placement units.

For full details on the education requirements refer to the 'Education - Secondary' 'area of study' at http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2011handbooks/aos/ug-education---secondary.html.

Students need to be aware that their major and minor studies in music must satisfy the requirements for the study of two curriculum specialism units in their fourth year and the requirements for employment laid down by the Victorian Institute of Teaching. Students are advised to consult the VIT website at http://www.vit.vic.edu.au in consultation with their course adviser.

Generally, to qualify for secondary curriculum specialism units, a candidate will require a minimum of two years of full-time academic study in that discipline. There are additional requirements for some disciplines.

Award(s)

Bachelor of Education

Bachelor of Music