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Graduate Certificate of Education (TESOL) COVID-19 Higher Education Support Program (GCTS) - GradCertEd

 Online
Semester intake:Semester 2 (July)
Fees:Commonwealth supported 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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Future Australian and New Zealand students  Current students 
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Freecall (within Australia): 1800 269 500
Phone (from outside Australia): +61 7 4631 5315
Email: study@usq.edu.au  
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Phone (from outside Australia): +61 7 4631 2285
Email usq.support@usq.edu.au 

The Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies is a level 8 qualification and complies with the Australian Qualification Framework.

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Program objectives

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate of Education (TESOL) 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:

  1. identify the main characteristics of the facets of language,

  2. think critically and analyse the relationship between the facets of language and the social and cultural context,

  3. collect and analyse the process of acquiring a second language,

  4. generate and apply the macro-skills that are required for developing language proficiency,

  5. design and implement pedagogical approaches for young language learners.


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Program aims

The Graduate Certificate of Education (TESOL) - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - will broaden your knowledge of the importance of language and your knowledge of contemporary English language teaching methodologies. It is designed for practitioners who are aspiring leaders in the field of English language teaching. This graduate certificate provides you with an entry point to continue your studies with a Graduate Diploma of Education (TESOL) or a Master of Education (TESOL).

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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 09. Graduates at this level will have specialised knowledge and skills for research, and/or professional practice 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 (TESOL) 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 (TESOL) 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

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth supported place is where the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of a students' higher education and students pay a student contribution amount, which varies depending on the courses undertaken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Commonwealth Supported students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called HECS-HELP.

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Program structure

Course  Semester of Offer Distance/Online  
Core Courses 
LIN5000 The Nature of Language  1, 2 
LIN8001 Principles of Second Language Learning  1, 2 
LIN8002 Methodology in Teaching a Second Language  1, 2 
LIN8019 Teaching Languages to Young Learners 

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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 (TESOL) 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)).

Recommended enrolment pattern

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Graduate Certificate of Education (TESOL) Recommended Enrolment Pattern

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:

LIN5000 The Nature of Language1, 2
LIN8001 Principles of Second Language Learning1, 2
LIN8002 Methodology in Teaching a Second Language1, 2
LIN8019 Teaching Languages to Young Learners2