Secondary specialist/discipline areas, prerequisites and units

The following information is based on Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) requirements and is for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (Honours) specialising in Secondary Education or Primary & Secondary Education to help with your unit selection. You should use this information together with your course map to ensure you enrol correctly.

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Students in Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Secondary Education

Students in the Secondary Education specialisation must qualify for two separate specialist areas, or one double specialist area. At least a major study in one secondary teaching area is required with the minimum of a minor study for your second teaching area. The teaching areas you can choose are dictated by your ‘other’ degree component in your double degree.

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

Students in the Primary and Secondary Education specialisation must qualify for one secondary specialist area with at least a VIT major study (6 units, with no more than 2 at 1st year level, and no less than 2 at 3rd year level).

The Secondary specialist areas available by course (pdf) shows you which secondary teaching areas you can choose depending on your course. Once you have chosen your area/s, you can then use the table below to find the relevant Monash areas of study you can choose to qualify for those specialist areas. Please be aware that some Monash areas of study have VCE subject prerequisite requirements.

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, contact your Education Success Adviser.

Minimum academic requirement Relevant areas of study
** One area of study must be a major **
Accounting
At least a minor sequence in accounting
Biology
At least a minor sequence in biological sciences (e.g. anatomy, physiology, microbiology, botany, zoology, but not biochemistry or pharmacology)
Business Management
At least a minor sequence in business management Other unit options may be available - please see a course advisor for enrolment advice
Chemistry
At least a minor sequence in chemistry or biochemistry
Drama
At least a minor sequence in Theatre and Performance. Not available to as a discipline area for students in 2021. Only available as a minor sequence in 2021, or as a major to students who commenced the area of study in 2020 or earlier.
Economics
At least a minor sequence in economics
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
At least a minor sequence in linguistics or a second language (i.e. not the teacher's first language)
English
At least a minor sequence in Literary Studies
General science
At least a minor sequence in one of biology, chemistry, Earth science/geology and Environmental Science 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.

Geography
At least a minor sequence in geography
Health
At least a minor sequence in health studies covering Health, Human Development, Family and Nutrition Only available to students enrolled in the Health and Physical Education courses. Refer to your course maps for unit advice.
History
At least a minor sequence in history
Information and Communication Technology
At least a minor sequence in computer studies or information technology Students should seek course advice if they want to study a different area within Information Technology. 

Digital Humanities is only available as a discipline area to students who commenced the area of study in 2020 or earlier.

Languages (Single and Double specialism)
A major study in a Language
Legal Studies
At least a minor sequence in Legal Studies Students must have completed Year 12 Mathematics to study Business Law.
Mathematics
At least a minor sequence in mathematics. Students intending to complete only a minor sequence in Maths, or those enrolled in the Primary and Secondary Education courses, must be eligible to start their Mathematics sequence from MTH1020. This requires prior completion of VCE Mathematical Methods units 3 & 4 with a raw score of at least 25.
Media Studies
At least a minor sequence in media studies, film or journalism Digital Humanities is only available as a discipline area to students who commenced the area of study in 2020 or earlier.
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:

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.
Physical Education
A major sequence in physical education including appropriate discipline and skill areas. Only available to students enrolled in the Health and Physical Education courses. Refer to your course maps for unit advice.
Physics
At least a minor sequence in physics Only available to students in a double degree with the Bachelor of Science. Students wishing to complete a Physics minor are also required to complete a minor study in Mathematics.
Psychology
Not available to Bachelor of Education (Honours) Primary and Secondary Education or Master of Teaching students.
At least a minor sequence in psychology or behaviour studies
Social Education
At least a minor study in one of the following areas: Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, Indigenous Studies, Legal Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology 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.

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.

Pre-2020 Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Primary and Secondary Education students (by approval from the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture only) should follow the below sequence. Not available as a discipline area for new commencing students.

  • VPR1011 + DWG1201 + OHS1000 (OHS1000 is a zero credit point unit)
  • VPR1012 + VPR1113
  • VPR2011 + fine art elective
  • VPR2012 + fine art elective
  • VPR3011
  • Fine art elective