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Secondary specialist/discipline areas, prerequisites and units

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The following  information is for students enrolled in a course with secondary education,  to help with their unit selection. It should  be used together with the relevant course map.

Students must choose units which  will  academically qualify them to teach in chosen specialist areas.  Please refer to the Specialist Area Guidelines on the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) website for more information.

Students must qualify for two separate specialist areas,  or one double specialist area (e.g. Visual Art, Languages, Music). Students in the primary  and secondary dual qualification courses are required to be academically  qualified for only one specialist area; however,  if the course map permits, qualifying for two specialist areas would widen  future employment prospects.

If you are enrolled  in a double degree with another Faculty, you must meet  any additional requirements of your other degree. Secondary education double degree  students need to be aware that you will not be permitted to progress to fourth  year until you have  met all the academic requirements of the first three years  of the course.

If you require assistance with choosing your units, or would  like us to check the units you have chosen to ensure you are following your  course progression plan, request a  course progression check.

Secondary specialist/discipline areas to choose from

First, view the Secondary  specialist areas available by course (pdf), to confirm which specialist areas you can choose depending on your course.

Then, consult the table below for the relevant requirements.

Specialist / discipline area Minimum academic requirement Relevant study areas and locations Secondary method
unit codes

Accounting

A minor sequence in    accounting

Available at Berwick,    Caulfield and Clayton campuses

EDF5121 - Accounting education in the secondary years A
EDF5122 - Accounting education in the secondary years B

Biology

A minor sequence in    biological sciences (e.g. anatomy, physiology, microbiology, botany, zoology,    but not biochemistry or pharmacology)

Common study areas available    at Clayton campus

For Health & PE students studying at the Peninsula campus you can instead choose the following to qualify for Biology:

EDF5123 - Biology education in the secondary years A
EDF5124 - Biology education in the secondary years B

Business Management

A minor sequence in    business management

Available at    Caulfield campus

Other unit options may be available - please see a course advisor for enrolment advice

EDF5125 - Business management education in the secondary years A
EDF5126 - Business management education in the secondary years B

Chemistry

A minor sequence in    chemistry or biochemistry

Available at Clayton    campus

EDF5127 - Chemistry education in the secondary years A
EDF5128 - Chemistry education in the secondary years B

Drama

A minor sequence in Drama,    Performance Studies or Theatre Studies including practical drama

Available at Clayton    campus

EDF5129 - Drama education in the secondary years A
EDF5130 - Drama education in the secondary years B

Economics

A minor sequence in    economics

Available at    Caulfield and Clayton campuses

EDF5131 - Economics education in the secondary years A
EDF5132 - Economics education in the secondary years B

English as an    Additional Language (EAL)

A minor sequence in linguistics or a second language (i.e. not the  teacher's first language)

Available at Clayton    campus

EDF5133 - EAL education in the secondary years A
EDF5134 - EAL education in the secondary years B

English

(a) A minor sequence in Literature or Literary Studies

or

(b) A minor sequence in English Language Studies or Linguistics together    with a part* of Literature or Literary Studies

Available at    Caulfield and Clayton campuses

Available at Clayton    campus

The two first year    Literary studies 'gateway' units will also be available at Berwick in 2016

Students who choose Stream B 'Creative Writing' under Literary    studies should seek course advice before choosing units.

EDF5135 - English education in the secondary years A
EDF5136 - English education in the secondary years B

General science

A minor sequence in    one of biology, chemistry, Earth science/geology, Environmental Science and    physics

together with a part* in another of these areas

Refer to the Faculty of Science Areas of Study for detailed information on the various    subject areas.

Students should seek    course advice if they want to study outside of the approved General Science    Areas of Study.

EDF5137 - General science education in the secondary years A
EDF5138 - General science education in the secondary years B

Geography

A minor sequence in    geography

Available at Clayton    campus

EDF5139 - Geography education in the secondary years A
EDF5140 - Geography education in the secondary years B

Health

A minor sequence in    health studies covering Health, Human Development, Family and Nutrition

Students enrolled in a Bachelor of Education    (Honours) in Health and PE should refer to their course    map for unit advice.

Sequence for 2016 commencing Berwick campus students
NUR2203
NUR1205
EDF4205
EDF3173

Sequence for continuing Peninsula campus students
ATS2720
EDF4205

Sequence for continuing Berwick campus students
EDF3173
EDF4205

EDF5141 - Health education in the secondary years A
EDF5142 - Health education in the secondary years B

History

A minor sequence in    history

Available at    Caulfield and Clayton

Available at Clayton

The two first year 'gateway'    History units below are also available at the Berwick campus in 2016

EDF5143 - History education in the secondary years A
EDF5144 - History education in the secondary years B

Information and    Communication Technology

A minor sequence in    computer studies or information technology

Available at Clayton    campus

EDF5145 - ICT education in the secondary years A
EDF5146 - ICT education in the secondary years B

Jewish Studies

A minor sequence in    Jewish Studies

Available at    Caulfield and Clayton campus

EDF5147 - Jewish studies education in the secondary years A
EDF5148 - Jewish studies education in the secondary years B

Languages (Single and Double specialism)

A major study in a Language
Note: Native speakers of a language may seek a statement of equivalence from an Australian university. This will deem that knowledge and competence in the native language meets the major level study standards required.

Available at    Caulfield and Clayton campuses

Available at Clayton    campus

EDF5155 - Languages education in the secondary years A
EDF5156 - Languages education in the secondary years B

For double LOTE    method students only:
EDF5157 - Languages education A
EDF5158 - Languages education B

Legal Studies

A minor sequence in    Legal Studies or Criminology

Available at    Caulfield and Clayton campuses

Available at    Caulfield campus

Students must have completed Y12 Mathematics    to study Business Law.

EDF5159 - Legal studies education in the secondary years A
EDF5160 - Legal studies education in the secondary years B

Mathematics

A minor sequence in    mathematics. (Statistics is acceptable provided it is taken within a    Mathematics Department)

Available at Clayton    campus

Students intending    to complete only a minor sequence in Maths must have completed VCE Mathematical Methods Units 3 & 4 with a C grade or    above.

EDF5161 - Mathematics education in the secondary years A
EDF5162 - Mathematics education in the secondary years B

Media Studies

A minor sequence in    media studies, film or journalism

Available at    Caulfield and Clayton campuses

Available at    Caulfield campus

EDF5163 - Media education in the secondary years A
EDF5164 - Media education in the secondary years B

Music (Single and    Double discipline)

A major sequence in music and appropriate    practical skills (equivalent to AMEB Grade VI or Year 12 Practical Music)

Students enrolled in a Double degree with the    Bachelor of Music should refer to their course    map for unit advice.

For students not enrolled in a Bachelor of    Music:

Available at Clayton    Campus

Students can take music    as a theory sequence only and must already have practical music experience equivalent to AMEB Grade VI or Year 12    Practical Music to choose this discipline.

EDF5165 - Music education in the secondary years 1A
EDF5166 - Music education in the secondary years 1B

For double Music    method students only:
EDF5167 - Music education in the secondary years 2A
EDF5168 - Music education in the secondary          years 2B

Outdoor Education

A major sequence in outdoor    education including environmental studies and outdoor recreational activities.

together with a current Emergency First    Aid Level 2 certificate is required.

Only available to    students enrolled in the Health and Physical Education degrees.

Students should    refer to their course map for unit advice.

EDF5169 - Outdoor education in the secondary years A
EDF5170 - Outdoor education in the secondary years B

Physical Education

A major sequence in    physical education including appropriate discipline and skill areas.

together with a current Emergency First    Aid Level 2 and AustSwim or ASCTA teacher certificates are required.

Only available to    students enrolled in the Health and Physical Education degrees.

Students should    refer to their course map for unit advice.

Students who have    already commenced PE as a discipline in the P-10 course (2014 intake or    earlier) are permitted to continue.

EDF5171 - Physical education in the secondary years A
EDF5172 - Physical education in the secondary years B

Physics

A minor sequence in    physics

Available at Clayton    campus

EDF5173 - Physics education in the secondary years A
EDF5174 - Physics education in the secondary years B

Psychology
(Not available to Master of Teaching students)

A minor sequence in    psychology or behaviour studies

Available at    Caulfield and Clayton Campuses

EDF5175 - Psychology education in the secondary years A
EDF5176 - Psychology education in the secondary years B

Social Education

A minor study in one    of the following areas: Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Economics,    Environmental Studies, Geography, History, Indigenous Studies, Legal Studies,    Philosophy, Politics, Sociology

together with a part* in another of these    areas of study

Refer to the Faculty of Arts Areas of Study for detailed information on the various    subject areas.

Students should seek    course advice if they want to study outside of the approved Social Education    Areas of Study.

EDF5177 - Social education in the secondary years A
EDF5178 - Social education in the secondary years B

Visual Arts (Single    and Double discipline)

A major study in    relevant area(s) of Art which includes at least one quarter of a year of    practical Art content. (e.g. Art, Craft, Computer-generated Art, Sculpture, Photography)

Students enrolled in a double degree with the    Bachelor of Visual Art should refer to their course    map for unit advice.

For    students not enrolled in a Bachelor of Visual Art: by approval from the    Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture only. Seek course advice for    permission to enrol in these units.

Available    at Caulfield campus

The above VPR units are all 12 credit points.    OHS1000 is a zero credit point unit.

EDF5179 - Visual art and design education in the secondary years 1A
EDF5180 - Visual art and design education in the secondary years 1B

For double Visual    Art method students only:
EDF5181 - Visual art and design education in the secondary years 2A
EDF5182 - Visual          art and design education in the secondary years 2B

VET

Completion of a    Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Students in some courses can receive credit    for completion of the Cert IV TAA for a four unit discipline sequence. Seek    course advice for further information.

N/A

*Part: Successful higher education study in a subject  having the weighting of at least one quarter of a year of full-time study. In  most cases, this equates to two undergraduate units and can be taken at any  year level.