Bachelor of Education (Honours) - 2018

Honours - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2018 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Education.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Course code

D3001

Credit points

204

Abbreviated title

BEd(Hons)

CRICOS code

082360G

Managing faculty

Education

Coordinator

Student advisersStudent advisers (http://www.monash.edu.au/education/current-students/contact/)

Contact details

Monash Connect: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274); Faculty of EducationFaculty of Education (http://monash.edu/education/current-students/contact/)

Admission and fees

Australia

Course progression map

D3001 (pdf)

Course type

Specialist
Bachelor

Standard duration

4 years FT

Full-time study only.

The Bachelor of Education (Honours) is equivalent to 4.25 years of full-time study and offered only in accelerated mode to complete in four years. Students overload by 12 points in second and/or third year.

Students have a maximum of 10 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.

Mode and location

On-campus (Clayton, Peninsula)

This course requires students to undertake off-campus professional experience.

Award

Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Early Years Education

Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Early Years and Primary Education

Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Primary Education

Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Primary and Secondary Education

Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Primary and Secondary Health and Physical Education

Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Primary and Secondary Inclusive Education

Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Secondary Health and Physical Education

Double degrees

  • Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Primary Education
  • Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Secondary Education

The award conferred depends on the education specialisation completed.

Description

This course prepares graduates for a career as a skilled, critical and effective educator in the early childhood sector, primary schools, secondary schools or a combination of these. You will build a high level of expertise in one of eight specialisations:

  • Early years education*
  • Early years and primary education
  • Primary education (studied as a single degree or as part of a double degree course)
  • Primary and secondary education
  • Primary and secondary health and physical education
  • Primary and secondary inclusive education
  • Secondary health and physical education
  • Secondary education (only studied as part of a double degree course).

The course will prepare you for teaching in an increasingly diverse, complex and changing world. You will engage with contemporary ideas and practices and learn how to foster the learning of children and young people with varied needs. This will enable you to develop your students' creative, intellectual, physical, personal and social capabilities.

While learning to handle the complex nature of teaching, you will develop the specific professional knowledge and teaching skills needed to engage students of various ages and developmental stages with particular school subjects. Depending upon your specialisation, you will develop the skills and knowledge needed to teach in learning areas such as the arts and music, English, mathematics, civics and citizenship, physical education, health and wellbeing, science and humanities. Professional experience offered throughout the course in urban, rural, remote or international locations and education settings will build your knowledge of teaching and learning. As a result, you will become a thoughtful, effective and inclusive educator, able to design learning experiences that ensure your future students have the right balance of challenge and support.

The Bachelor of Education (Honours) prepares professional educators for the global workforce. As a graduate of the course you will have a strong base for decision making about your practice and be in a position to establish yourself as a leader of the future.

Double degrees

The primary education specialisation of the Bachelor of Education (Honours) may be studied in a course leading to a double degree; it can also be taken in a single degree course.

The secondary education specialisation of the Bachelor of Education (Honours) must be studied in a course leading to a double degree; it cannot be taken in a single degree course. You should seek the advice of the Faculty of Education in choosing your majors and specialisations in the partner course, to ensure that you meet the requirements for registration as a specialist teacher.

Each of the above two specialisations can be taken in combination with any of the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Business
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Fine Art (visual arts specialisation only)
  • Bachelor of Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Science

Taking a double degree combination will lead to the award of two degrees; the Bachelor of Education (Honours) in either the primary education or the secondary education specialisation and the degree awarded for the partner course.

In a double degree course, you will need to meet the course requirements for both degrees. Refer to the individual course entries for each course in your double degree.

*This specialisation will not be available in 2018.

Specialisations

Early years education

Availability: Peninsula (this specialisation will not be available in 2018)

This specialisation will prepare you to teach infants and children from birth to five years of age in childcare, kindergartens and preschools. The curriculum spans birth to eight years of age and you will learn how to engage young children in meaningful learning through innovative pedagogical practice and how to effectively support children's transition to school. You will also learn how to help young children develop their creative, physical, personal, intellectual and social capabilities.

Early years and primary education

Availability: Peninsula

This specialisation will prepare you to teach infants and children from birth to 12 years of age in childcare, kindergartens, preschools and primary schools. You will learn how to engage young children in meaningful learning through innovative pedagogical practice and you will learn how to help them develop their creative, physical, personal, intellectual and social capabilities. You will learn how to support children's transition to school and their progress through the primary years. You will actively engage with contemporary theories, concepts and practices of early years and primary education, developing inclusive practices to meet a diversity of children's needs and building a repertoire of strategies to manage children's learning in classroom settings. You will also develop an understanding of how primary school aged children learn and how they can be effectively and creatively taught across all primary curriculum areas such as: English and literacies, mathematics, arts education, humanities and social education, science, health and physical education, and studies of the environment and sustainability. You will develop a deep understanding of the social and cultural contexts of early years provision for children, develop skills to work with families and communities and learn to identify the range of local and international early years services available to practitioners.

Primary education

Availability: Single degree Peninsula; Double degree Clayton

This specialisation will prepare you to teach children from five to 12 years of age in primary schools from Foundation to Year 6. You will develop an understanding of how primary school aged children learn and how they can be effectively and creatively taught across all primary curriculum areas. In doing so, you will develop your personal knowledge of the curriculum areas you will teach, such as: English and literacies, mathematics, arts education, humanities and social education, science, health and physical education, and studies of the environment and sustainability. In the single degree course, you will complete additional discipline studies in English and literacy, or mathematics and numeracy, or languages.

Primary and secondary education

Availability: Clayton

This specialisation will prepare you to teach children and adolescents from five to 18 years of age in primary and secondary schools from Foundation to Year 12. You will develop a knowledge and understanding of learning as a developmental continuum and will learn to employ a diverse pedagogical toolbox to meet the differentiated learning needs of students. At the primary level, you will develop an understanding of how primary school aged children learn and how they can be effectively and creatively taught across all primary curriculum areas. In doing so, you will develop your personal knowledge of the curriculum areas you will teach, such as: English and literacies, mathematics, geography, history, civics and citizenship, science, health and physical education, and the creative arts. At the secondary level, your unit choices within your discipline studies sequence will determine in which area you become a specialist secondary teacher. You will focus on 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.

Primary and secondary inclusive education

Availability: Clayton

This specialisation will prepare you to teach children and adolescents from five to 18 years of age in primary and secondary schools from Foundation to Year 12 and will equip you with specialist knowledge and skills for working in inclusive and special education settings. You will develop a knowledge and understanding of learning as a developmental continuum and will learn to employ a diverse pedagogical toolbox to meet the differentiated learning needs of students across the learning spectrum. At the primary level, you will develop an understanding of how primary school aged children learn, including those with special needs, and how they can be effectively and creatively taught across all primary curriculum areas such as: English and literacies, mathematics, geography, history, civics and citizenship, science, health and physical education, and the creative arts. At the secondary level, your unit choices within your discipline studies sequence will determine in which area you become a specialist secondary teacher. You will focus on adolescent learning and the nature of secondary education, especially for students with special needs, including areas such as: classroom teaching and practice in schools, curriculum planning, implementation and evaluation, education and its relationship to society.

Primary and secondary health and physical education

Availability: Peninsula

This specialisation will prepare you to teach children and adolescents from five to 18 years of age in primary and secondary schools from Foundation to Year 12 and enable you to work more broadly in community, recreational and sporting settings. You will qualify as a generalist primary school teacher, specialist health and physical education primary school teacher and a secondary school teacher with health and physical education as your specialist teaching areas. At the primary level, you will develop an understanding of how primary school aged children learn and how they can be effectively and creatively taught across all primary curriculum areas such as: English and literacies, mathematics, humanities and social education, science, health and physical education, and the creative arts. At the secondary level you will focus on 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.

Secondary health and physical education

Availability: Peninsula

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 of health and physical education, health and human development and a third subject area of your choice, such as: outdoor education and environmental studies. It will also prepare you to work more broadly in community, recreational and sporting settings. 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.

Secondary education

Availability: Clayton

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.

Outcomes

These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://monash.edu/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).

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

  1. demonstrate advanced knowledge, skills and capabilities relevant to your specialisation and discipline(s)
  2. understand education policy, theories, research principles and methods and apply these to pedagogical practice
  3. understand and implement relevant curriculum and pedagogy for learners in Australian and international contexts
  4. understand the ways in which environmental, social and economic conditions of learners influence their education
  5. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the educational issues associated with diversity and inclusion
  6. develop teaching and learning strategies and understandings that encompass differentiated and inclusive approaches appropriate for diverse learners in varied contexts, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and their histories, languages and cultures
  7. engage learners and communities in education for a more equitable and sustainable world
  8. work independently and collaboratively as a professional beginning educator to solve complex problems in educational contexts
  9. use and creatively integrate information and communication technologies to enhance learning
  10. demonstrate a high level of competence as a knowledgeable, articulate and reflective practitioner positioned to become a future leader in education
  11. engage with relevant professions and communities to become an ethical leader and practitioner who critically responds to education priorities and who can apply an understanding of legal responsibilities to your work
  12. design and conduct research to develop your understanding of the field of education
  13. demonstrate understanding of and commitment to continued professional learning to improve practice.

Credit for prior studies

Mandatory course requirements

National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students

Students must achieve the standard in the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students.*

Students must:

  • make their first attempt at completing the test by 30 June in the year of their first enrolment in the course or before they have attempted 24 credit points of study, whichever is the latter
  • achieve the test standard by 31 December in the year of their first enrolment in the course or before they have attempted 48 credit points of study, whichever is the latter.

Students who do not achieve the standard in both the literacy and numeracy components of the test within the stipulated time will be excluded from the course.

* This requirement applies to students in all specialisations except early years education.

Professional experience

Students must satisfactorily complete supervised professional experience as required for their specialisation.

Before participating in professional experience in an education setting, students must:

For advice on professional experience intervention, support and unsatisfactory progress refer to the Professional experience intervention and support policyProfessional experience intervention and support policy (http://www.monash.edu/education/current-students/policies-and-procedures/professional-experience-intervention-and-support-policy).

Professional experience expenses

Students are responsible for any expenses incurred while undertaking professional experience (e.g. transport, equipment).

Professional recognition

The specialisations in this course are accredited by professional bodies. Refer to Professional recognitionProfessional recognition (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2018handbooks/undergrad/edu-04.html) for information.

Structure

The course develops through the four themes of Part A. Education studies, Part B. Curriculum studies, Part C. Discipline studies and Part D. Professional studies. The nature and proportion of units required among these themes will differ depending upon your specialisation.

Part A. Education studies

These studies provide the theoretical foundations of education that underpin the teaching and learning of children and young people in varied education settings. You will study contemporary theories of child or adolescent development, focusing on the age range relevant to your specialisation. You will also study sociology, psychology, diversity and inclusion, the broad principles of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment, and develop an understanding of the relationship between education and society at local, national and global levels. These studies emphasise educational inquiry and will ensure that your teaching is informed by current research and practice. You will acquire the foundation to move into leadership roles as your career progresses.

Part B. Curriculum studies

These studies develop the knowledge and skills you will need to become a skilled and effective educator who is able to draw on an ever-growing and flexible repertoire of strategies to suit particular children, educational contexts and learning outcomes. You will learn how to design, plan and implement engaging, innovative and productive learning experiences in order to meet diverse learners' needs. You will also develop your own knowledge and skills in key learning areas relevant to the educational level of your specialisation, deepening your understanding of teaching and learning strategies, theories and practices related to the subjects you will be teaching.

Part C. Discipline studies

These studies will develop your content knowledge in the subjects you will be teaching in schools or other education settings. Through a focused sequence of study, you will deepen and advance your knowledge in your teaching specialist areas or in foundational disciplines such as English and literacy or mathematics and numeracy. In the double degree course, your discipline studies are taken within the partner degree course. The disciplines available depend upon your specialisation. For more details refer to the links under 'Specialisations' below.

Part D. Professional studies

These studies will provide you with an understanding of professional identity and leadership as well as professional experience through the completion of supervised placement in settings relevant to your teaching specialisation. Professional experience connects the theoretical components of the other themes with practical aspects of teaching and learning. The number of days of professional experience required for professional registration will depend upon your specialisation. You will also undertake research units to develop your understanding of research principles and methods and the skills and capacities to design and conduct research with some independence.

Requirements

The course requires the completion of 204 credit points comprising at least 108 points in the education studies, curriculum studies and professional studies themes, and up to 96 points relating to discipline studiess, and the additional 'Mandatory requirements' detailed above. For students enrolled in a double degree course, 96 points of discipline studies are completed through the partner degree course.

The course develops through the four themes of: Part A. Education studies, Part B. Curriculum studies, Part C. Discipline studies and Part D. Professional studies. The nature and proportion of units among these themes will differ depending upon your specialisation.

For the units required for each specialisation, refer to the links under 'Specialisations' below. The course progression mapcourse progression map (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2018handbooks/maps/map-d3001.pdf) will assist you to plan to meet the course requirements, and guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Specialisations

Students complete one of the following specialisations:

Early years education*

* this specialisation will not be available in 2018.

Alternative exits

You may exit the single or double degree course early and apply to graduate with the following, provided you have satisfied the following award requirements:

  1. Bachelor of Education Studies* after successful completion of 144 credit points of study including:
    • a minimum of 96 credit points of education studies including a minimum of 48 credit points at level 3 or higher

    You may exit a double degree course early and apply to graduate with the following, provided you have satisfied the following award requirements:

  2. Partner degree after successful completion of 144 credit points of study including:
    • fulfilment of all partner degree course requirements
  3. Bachelor of Education Studies* and partner degree after successful completion of 192 credit points of study including:
    • a minimum of 96 credit points of education studies including a minimum of 48 credit points at level 3 or higher
    • fulfilment of all partner degree course requirements.

    * This exit award does not qualify graduates to be registered or employed as teachers in Australia. Students cannot exit a double degree with a Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Primary Education or Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Secondary Education.

Progression to further studies

This course provides a pathway to the following master's coursework degrees, and if admitted may be eligible for credit:

  • D6003 Master of Counselling
  • D6002 Master of Education
  • D6004 Master of Leadership
  • D6005 Master of TESOL

Graduates who achieve a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent may apply for admission to D4004 Graduate Certificate of Educational Research as a pathway to a graduate research course.