Secondary specialist/discipline areas, prerequisites and units

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 VIT (Victorian Institute of Teaching) website for more information.

Students must qualify for two separate specialist areas, or one double specialist area (e.g. Visual Art, LOTE, 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

Available at Clayton campus

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)

together with teaching methodology which covers TESOL principles and approaches for a range of educational contexts, including factors affecting the development of language proficiency, and assessment procedures to facilitate appropriate placement of students with EAL needs

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 Writing, 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 2015

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 2015 commencing Berwick campus students
NUR2203
NUR1205
EDF4205
EDF3173

Sequence for continuing Peninsula campus students
EDF1616
BND1010
ATS2720
EDF4205

Sequence for continuing Berwick campus students
HSC1072
HSC1081
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 2015

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 Other Than English - LOTE (Single and Double specialism)

An advanced major (post VCE) study in Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Indonesian, Hebrew, Japanese or Korean.

Native speakers of the language must seek a statement of equivalence from a Victorian University, to verify that they meet the standard of a ‘post year 12 major study'.

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.