Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education

Managing facultyEducation
Abbreviated titleBPrimEd
CRICOS code064763E
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)

Full-time study only. This course of study must be completed in a minimum of 4 years and a maximum of 10 years, and enrolment must be continuous.

Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Course coordinator


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course is only available to students admitted through approved articulation pathways.
  • Full-time study only.
  • This course requires students to undertake off-campus placements.


This is a specialised course designed to fully prepare students for careers as teachers in primary schools. It provides graduates with a comprehensive background in primary education. Students study a range of units that provide them with essential understandings relating to children's learning and teaching, and units that cover each of the learning areas of the primary school curriculum.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • effectively plan and deliver primary and middle school educational programs
  • understand and engage in curriculum development and comprehend the learning areas taught in primary schools
  • articulate how child development underlies professional practice and the philosophical underpinnings of primary teacher education
  • understand and appreciate the cultural contexts of schooling and the diversity of the student population
  • respond to the needs of children, their families and communities in a flexible and innovative way.

Mandatory Checks and Security Clearances

Before participating in a professional placement in any educational setting students must meet specific security clearancessecurity clearances ( that apply to the state or territory where the placement is being undertaken.


Students must complete teaching practice which consists of a minimum of 80 days of satisfactory supervised school experience. Students will only be given permission to complete a placement in their place of employment in exceptional circumstances and if they will receive the required level of supervision. Where permission is granted, students will not be permitted to undertake more than 50 per cent of the placement in their place of employment. Students must be available to undertake placements on a full-time basis and attend their placement for full days at times determined by the faculty.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for registrationregistration ( and employment as primary school teachers in the government, Catholic and independent school systems in Victoria. Students undertaking the middle school option available at Gippsland will be eligible for registration and employment in Victoria to teach P-10 in their discipline area for the secondary years. For interstate and overseas positions, applicants are advised to check with local authorities.


This course consists of core and elective education units and disipline studies, incorporating compulsory and elective units, and teaching placements.

Students complete one of the following in partner faculties:

  • two discipline sequences (a six unit sequence and a four unit sequence)
  • three discipline sequences (a two unit sequence and two four unit sequences).

One of the sequences must be in the area of science or mathematics.

Middle school specialism

Students have the option of completing a middle school specialisation where their four education electives will be replaced with two middle school units and two specialism units (for teaching years 7-10) related to their chosen discipline sequences. These students will be required to do a minimum 25 days placement in a secondary school and a minimum 55 days placement in a primary school. Students who complete this option are qualified to teach from Prep to Year 10.


First year

Semester one

  • EDF1303 Learning and educational inquiry 1*
  • EDF1305 Entering the profession 1
  • EDF1127 Understanding science
  • discipline sequence two

Semester two

  • EDF1304 Learning and educational inquiry 2*
  • EDF1306 Spaces of difference
  • EDF1128 Gateway to mathematics
  • discipline sequence two

Second year

Semester one

  • EDF1308 Early literacy*
  • EDF3006 Adolescent development and learning or education elective
  • discipline sequence one
  • discipline sequence two

Semester two

  • EDF2302 Re-imagining children's learning*
  • EDF2330 The middle years: A period of transition or education elective
  • discipline sequence one
  • discipline sequence two

Third year

Semester one

  • EDF2301 Multiliteracies: Mediating the world
  • EDF3301 Numeracy
  • one general elective** or specialism one (7-10)
  • discipline sequence two, or discipline sequence three

Semester two

  • EDF2304 Early numeracy
  • EDF2306 Global educational contexts: Policy, practice and research
  • EDF3311 Understanding space and place*
  • discipline sequence two or discipline sequence three

Fourth year

Semester one

  • EDF2303 Movement, environment and community
  • EDF3303 Integrating the curriculum 1: Creative exchange
  • EDF4311 Professional contexts 1*
  • one general elective** or specialism two (7-10)

Semester two

* Includes a number of days of fieldwork or professional placement. Refer to unit entry for details.

** For a complete list of general electives refer to undergraduate education electivesundergraduate education electives (

Refer to the course mapcourse map ( for the Bachelor of Primary Education for course progression advice.


Bachelor of Primary Education