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Graduate Certificate of Education (GCEF) - GradCertEd

Programs at USQ regularly undergo a comprehensive re-accreditation process to assure their relevance and quality. This program has recently been re-accredited and, as a consequence, is undergoing some changes. If you have any questions, please contact us.

 On-campusOnline
Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 3 (November)
Campus:Toowoomba -
Fees:Domestic full fee paying place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration:1 semester full-time (student-led pathway only), up to 2 years part-time 
Program articulation:

To: Graduate Diploma of Education (Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)) or Graduate Diploma of Education (Full Fee Paying (FFP)) or ; Master of Education (Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)) or Master of Education (Full Fee Paying (FFP))

Notes

This program does not qualify students for teacher registration in Queensland. To qualify for teacher registration in Queensland, please refer to the Master of Learning and Teaching.
Not all courses are available in every mode in every semester or year. Students are advised to check the course and mode offer listings for each semester/year.
All modes of study are supported with the USQ StudyDesk. It is possible to complete the program via a combination of delivery modes.
Minimum enrolment numbers apply to all courses. Should enrolments not meet the minimum number required, students may be transferred to a different mode or offering and advised of this change prior to semester start.

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Programs at USQ are regularly reviewed to ensure they remain professionally-relevant, in order to enhance the graduate outcomes of our students. This program is currently under review and is as a consequence likely to undergo some changes. Full details will be available when it is approved. If you have any questions, please contact us directly.

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Email: study@usq.edu.au  
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Professional accreditation

The Career Development specialisation meets the professional learning needs of professionals working in teaching, counselling, training, employment, community development, or information management roles who support the career planning and development of students, clients, and organisations. The Career Development specialisation addresses core and selected specialist competencies from the Professional Standards for Australian Career Development Practitioners, and it has been officially endorsed by the Career Industry Council of Australia as a qualification for the status of professional career development practitioner under the Professional Standards.

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Program objectives

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate of Education will have acquired advanced knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends within contemporary education and/or of a specialised area of education. Graduates will be able to demonstrate:

  • synthesise and apply advanced theoretical and technical knowledge to contemporary and emerging educational issues, ideas, policies and debates with regard to professional practice,

  • analyse, evaluate complex educational contexts to critically reflect on cultural norms and practices in educational settings nationally and globally,

  • communicate effectively in academic, professional and community contexts via multiple modes,

  • communicate ways of working respectfully and collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities, and culturally and linguistically diverse peoples and communities.


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Program aims

The aim of this program is to provide professionals in education, training and development with graduate-certificate level coursework that will engage with educational issues that are relevant and meaningful to them and help to sustain their communities and fulfil their lives. The program aims to:

  • facilitate the development and consolidation of knowledge and skills in teaching and learning in community, professional and workplace learning settings that are informed by contemporary learning theory and futures-oriented approaches

  • support the application of these knowledges and skills through learner-centred design, flexible delivery and individualise an authentic assessment to enhance quality of services for their learners.


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Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 08. Graduates at this level will have advanced knowledge and skills for professional or highly skilled work and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting www.aqf.edu.au.

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • 3-year bachelor degree from an Australian university or equivalent.

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 3.



For applicants who have a Bachelor degree or equivalent (AQF level 7) in a non-related discipline from a recognised institution, the Graduate Certificate of Education provides a pathway into the Master of Education. Upon completion and achievement of a minimum GPA of 4.0, students will be eligible for entry into the Master of Education.
Students who complete the Graduate Certificate of Education and maintain satisfactory academic standing (GPA 3.5) but do not achieve a GPA of 4.0 can articulate into the Graduate Diploma of Education. On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Education, students can articulate into the Master of Education provided other program entry requirements are met.

All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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Program fees

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program structure

The Graduate Certificate of Education consists of 4 units of postgraduate study in an education-related field.

Specialisations

The following specialisations are available in the Graduate Certificate of Education:

  • Career Development

  • Counselling in Educational Contexts

  • Educational Leadership

  • STEM Education

  • Special Education

  • Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL)

  • Tertiary Teaching

  • General (no named specialisation will appear on the Testamur)


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Program completion requirements

To be awarded a Graduate Certificate of Education, a student must have completed four approved units of postgraduate study in the specialisation, or in the general pathway.

Students will enrol in the Graduate Certificate of Education on either a full-time or a part-time basis.

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Required time limits

Students have a maximum of two years to complete this program.

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IT requirements

Students must have reliable and ready access to e-mail and the Internet. See minimum computing standards for more information.

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Articulation

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Education with a minimum GPA of 4.0, a student may articulate into the Master of Education (Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)) or Master of Education (Full Fee Paying (FFP)). Alternatively, upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Education with a minimum GPA of 3.5, a student may articulate into the Graduate Diploma of Education (Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)) or Graduate Diploma of Education (Full Fee Paying (FFP)).

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Credit

The maximum credit granted will be no more than half of the program units (two units). Within this limit, credit will be granted for relevant studies successfully completed at postgraduate level in the last ten years. In consideration of these guidelines, the following points warrant particular consideration:

  • transfer of credit from other incomplete USQ award programs may be permitted where there is similar or appropriate content

  • advanced standing for other formal awards from recognised educational institutions will be assessed using the Australian Qualifications Framework Recognition of Prior Learning principles

  • other completed and assessed professional development and workplace learning may credit into the program when assessed by the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts as equivalent to a full USQ course.


Students should contact the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts before applying for credit, and follow the guidelines for prior learning and work experience.

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Career Development

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

The Career Development specialisation meets the professional learning needs of professionals working in teaching, counselling, training, employment, community development, or information management roles who support the career planning and development of students, clients, and organisations. The Career Development specialisation addresses core and selected specialist competencies from the Professional Standards for Australian Career Development Practitioners, and it has been officially endorsed by the Career Industry Council of Australia as a qualification for the status of professional career development practitioner under the Professional Standards.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Required courses:

EDU8606 Lifelong Career Development1
EDU8331 Career Development in Educational Settings2
EDU8332 Introduction to Counselling in Educational Contexts1

Complete one of the following approved courses:

     EDU8406 Theories for Learning Futures2
     EDU8328 Consultation and Communication: Theory and Practice2,3

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Counselling in Educational Contexts

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

Students will have the opportunity to undertake a course in Mental Health Promotion and Intervention or responses to child abuse and neglect.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Required courses:

EDU8328 Consultation and Communication: Theory and Practice2,3
EDU8332 Introduction to Counselling in Educational Contexts1
EDU8333 Advanced Counselling in Educational Contexts2Pre-requisite: EDU8332
EDU5325 Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention, Protection and Prevention1,3Enrolment is not permitted in EDU5325 if EDU3325 has been previously completed.

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Educational Leadership

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirementsComments
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Required courses:

EDU8720 Leading Educational Organisations1
EDU8721 Professional Learning in Educational Organisations2
EDU8722 Organisational Change and Transformation2Pre-requisite: EDU8720
EDU8400 Mentoring and Coaching1, 2Participants MUST have access to a mentee.

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STEM Education

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Required courses:

EDU8131 Foundations of STEM Education1
EDU8132 Digital Technologies and STEM Education2
EDU8231 STEM Pedagogies1Pre-requisite: EDU8131 Co-requisite: EDU8133
EDU8133 Developing Contemporary STEM Education Programs2Pre-requisite: EDU8131

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Special Education

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirementsComments
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Complete four (4) of the following approved courses:

     EDU8324 Learning Difficulties: Reading2
     EDU5321 Educating Students with Special Needs1,3
     EDU8326 Learning Difficulties: Mathematics1
     EDU8338 Autism3
     EDU8509 Positive Behaviour Support within School Contexts1
     EDU5324 Trauma, Behaviour and Learning3
     EDU8706 Differentiation2
     EDU8707 Wellbeing in Educational Contexts1
     EDU8821 Professional Practice in Special/Inclusive Education2 Professional Experience is a required component of this course, please refer to the Course Specification regarding sector specific requirements.

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Teaching English Language to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirementsComments
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Required courses:

LIN5000 The Nature of Language11,2
LIN8001 Principles of Second Language Learning11,2
LIN8002 Methodology in Teaching a Second Language11,2

Complete one of the following approved courses:

LIN5001 Teaching English Grammar2
EDU5760 Professional Study1,2Pre-requisite: MEDC (Guidance & Counselling) only - EDU8332 and EDU8333 Professional Experience is a required component of this course, please refer to the Course Specification regarding sector specific requirements.
EDR8005 Discourse Analysis2
LIN8006 Technology-Enhanced Language Teaching11
LIN8007 Language and Literacy Assessment3
LIN8019 Teaching Languages to Young Learners22
LIN8020 Digital Literacies in Practice3

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Tertiary Teaching

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirementsComments
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Required courses:

EDU5702 Exploring Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Contexts2,3Students require access to learning and teaching environments in a higher education setting.
EDU8114 Online Pedagogy in Practice1
EDU8702 Scholarship in Higher Education: Reflection and Evaluation2

Complete any elective from the list of approved courses or University approved courses.


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General Pathway

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

For Students choosing this pathway, no named specialisation will appear on their Testamur.

Complete four Education postgraduate courses.