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Graduate Certificate of Education. (GCED) - GradCertEd

This program is offered only to continuing students. No new admissions will be accepted. Students who are interested in this study area should consider the Graduate Certificate of Education which will be offered from Semester 2, 2016.

 On-campusOnline
Semester intake:No new admissionsNo new admissions
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 Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching and 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  Future International 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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Email: international@usq.edu.au 
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Freecall (within Australia): 1800 007 252
Phone (from outside Australia): +61 7 4631 2285
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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:

  • advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in one or more disciplines or areas of practice

  • the ability to analyse critically, evaluate and transform information to complete a range of activities

  • the ability to analyse, generate and transmit solutions to complex problems

  • the ability to transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to others

  • the ability to apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or learner.


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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:

A tertiary qualification at bachelor degree or equivalent (AQF level 7) from a recognised institution.

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:

  • Adult, Professional and Workplace Learning

  • Applied Linguistics

  • Career Development

  • Digital Learning Environments

  • Early Childhood

  • Educational Leadership

  • Guidance and Counselling

  • Special Education

  • Tertiary Teaching

  • TESOL.


A Student-Led Pathway is also available.

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Program completion requirements

To be awarded a Graduate Certificate of Education, a student must have completed four approved units at postgraduate level. To be awarded a named specialisation, a student must have completed the four courses in the required enrolment pattern.

Students will enrol in the Graduate Certificate of Education on either a full-time or a part-time basis. International on-campus students must be enrolled full-time.

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Required time limits

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

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Electives/Approved courses

Education Postgraduate Discipline Courses*   Discipline Focus  Projected Semester Offers  
EDR8000 Foundations of Contemporary Educational Research Methods  Research  1,2,3 
EDR8001 Effective and Ethical Educational Research  Research  1,2,3 
EDR8005 Discourse Analysis  TESOL  1,2 
EDU5010 Politics and Pedagogy in Early Childhood  Early Childhood 
EDU5112 Transforming Learning with ICT  ICT 
EDU5221 Professional Learning  Adult, Professional and Workplace Learning 
EDU5321 Educating Students with Special Needs  Special Education  1,3 
EDU5322   Special Education 
EDU5325 Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention, Protection and Prevention  Special Education  1,3 
EDU5335 Emotional and Behavioural Problems of Children and Adolescents  Guidance and Counselling; Special Education 
EDU5601 Designing for Flexible Learning Environments*  Online and Distributed Learning, Adult, Professional and Workplace Learning 
EDU5702 Exploring Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Contexts   
EDU5703 Engaging Curriculum and Pedagogy  Curriculum and Pedagogical Leadership 
EDU5705 Principles of Quality Curricula  Curriculum and Pedagogical Leadership 
EDU5713 Assessment Principles and Practices  Curriculum and Pedagogical Leadership; Adult, Professional and Workplace Learning  1,3 
EDU5760 Professional Study^  Adult, Professional and Workplace Learning; Early Education; TESOL; Applied Linguistics  1,2 
EDU8007 Developing Matters in Early Childhood Education  Early Childhood 
EDU8011 Professional Culture, Dynamics and Change in Early Childhood Education  Early Childhood 
EDU8111 Emerging Environments for Learning  Online and Distributed Learning 
EDU8114 Online Pedagogy in Practice  Online and Distributed Learning 
EDU8117 Networked and Global Learning  Online and Distributed Learning 
EDU8311 Concepts and Theories in Educational Management  Leading and Managing Education Organisations 
EDU8312 Educators as Leaders: Emerging Perspectives  Curriculum and Pedagogical Leadership 
EDU8314 Human Resource Strategies for Innovation  Leading and Managing Education Organisations  1,3 
EDU8317 Individual Assessment and Testing  Guidance and Counselling; Special Education; Career Development 
EDU8318 Organisational Transformation Through Learning  Leading and Managing Education Organisations 
EDU8319 Marketing Your Educational Organisation  Leading and Managing Education Organisations 
EDU8324 Learning Difficulties: Reading  Special Education 
EDU8326 Learning Difficulties: Mathematics  Special Education 
EDU8328 Consultation and Communication: Theory and Practice  Career Development; Guidance and Counselling; Special Education  2,3 
EDU8331 Career Development in Educational Settings  Guidance and Counselling; Career Development 
EDU8332 Introduction to Counselling in Educational Contexts  Guidance and Counselling; Career Development 
EDU8333 Advanced Counselling in Educational Contexts  Guidance and Counselling 
EDU8338 Autism  Special Education 
EDU8400 Mentoring and Coaching  Adult, Professional and Workplace Learning; Curriculum and Pedagogical Leadership; Leading and Managing Educational Organisations 
EDU8406 Theories for Learning Futures  Curriculum and Pedagogical Leadership; Adult, Professional and Workplace Learning 
EDU8415 Multi-Modal Texts and New Literacies   
EDU8500 Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Education and Issues  Multicultural Education 
EDU8501 Developmental Foundations for Learning  Special Education 
EDU8502 Cultural Diversity Challenges in the Classroom  Multicultural Education 
EDU8503 Culture and (Multi)Cultural Education  Multicultural Education 
EDU8504 Mental Health Promotion and Intervention in Education Contexts  Guidance and Counselling  2,3 
EDU8505 Programs to Promote Gifted Achievement Across the Lifespan  Special Education 
EDU8506 Informal Learning  Adulty, Professional and Workplace Learning; Curriculum and Pedagogical Leadership 
EDU8508 Engaging with Indigenous Communities  Multicultural Education 
EDU8509 Positive Behaviour Support within School Contexts  Special Education 
EDU8510 Building Pedagogical Leadership Capacity  Curriculum and Pedagogical Leadership; Leading and Managing Educational Organisations 
EDU8511 Gifted Achievement Across the Lifespan  Special Education 
EDU8512 Pasifika Education  Multicultural Education 
EDU8513 Creativity and Innovation Across the Lifespan  Early Education 
EDU8605 Building Communities of Practice  Online and Distributed Learning; Adult, Professional and Workplace Learning 
EDU8606 Lifelong Career Development  Adult, Professional and Workplace Learning; Career Devlopment 
EDU8701 Teaching and Learning in Contemporary Contexts: Theory and Practice  Adult, Professional and Workplace Learning 
EDU8704 New Pedagogies  Multicultural Education 
EDU8705 Personal Pedagogy in Context  Multicultural Education 
EDU8712 Contemporary Approaches to Alternative Education  Curriculum and Pedagogical Leadership 
EDU8719 Contemporary Issues Conference   
LAW8710 Australian Law for School Managers  Leading and Managing Educational Organisations 
LIN5000 The Nature of Language  Applied Linguistics; TESOL  1,2 
LIN5001 Teaching English Grammar  Applied Linguistics; TESOL 
LIN8001 Principles of Second Language Learning  Applied Linguistics; TESOL  1,2 
LIN8002 Methodology in Teaching a Second Language  TESOL 
LIN8003 Language Program Management  Applied Linguistics; TESOL  
LIN8006 Computer-Assisted Language Learning  Applied Linguistics; TESOL  1,2 
LIN8007 Language and Literacy Assessment  Applied Linguistics  1,3 
LIN8015 Introduction to Sociolinguistics  Applied Linguistics  2,3 
LIN8019 Teaching Languages to Young Learners  Applied Linguistics; TESOL 
LIN8020 Digital Literacies in Practice   Applied Linguistics; TESOL  
PRL8007 Community Participation    

Footnotes
*Subject to approval of the Program Coordinator and provided necessary pre-requisites are met.
^Professional Experience is a required component of this course, please refer to the Course Specification regarding sector specific requirements..

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Professional experience

Professional experience is required in the Early Childhood and the Adult, Professional and Workplace Learning specialisations.

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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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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 five years and may be considered for studies successfully completed in the last 10 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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Student-Led 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.

Students may choose any four of the courses listed in the Education Postgraduate Courses table.

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Adult, Professional and Workplace Learning

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
EDU8701 Teaching and Learning in Contemporary Contexts: Theory and Practice11
EDU5713 Assessment Principles and Practices1311,3
EDU5760 Professional Study1,2Professional Experience is a required component of this course, please refer to the Course Specification regarding sector specific requirements.

Complete one of the following approved courses:

     EDU5221 Professional Learning12
     EDU5601 Designing for Flexible Learning Environments11This course is offered in odd-numbered years.
     EDU8406 Theories for Learning Futures12
     EDU8606 Lifelong Career Development11
     EDU8605 Building Communities of Practice11

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Applied Linguistics

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
LIN5000 The Nature of Language11,211,2
LIN8001 Principles of Second Language Learning11,211
EDR8005 Discourse Analysis1111,2
LIN8015 Introduction to Sociolinguistics1212,3

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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
EDU8606 Lifelong Career Development11
EDU8331 Career Development in Educational Settings12
EDU8332 Introduction to Counselling in Educational Contexts11

Complete one of the following approved courses:

     EDU8406 Theories for Learning Futures12
     EDU8605 Building Communities of Practice11
     EDU8328 Consultation and Communication: Theory and Practice12,3

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Digital Learning Environments

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
EDU5112 Transforming Learning with ICT13
EDU8111 Emerging Environments for Learning12
EDU8114 Online Pedagogy in Practice11
EDU8117 Networked and Global Learning12

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Early Childhood

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
EDU5010 Politics and Pedagogy in Early Childhood12
EDU8000 Early Childhood Principles and Practices1 15 days professional experience.
EDU8007 Developing Matters in Early Childhood Education11
EDU8011 Professional Culture, Dynamics and Change in Early Childhood Education12

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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 requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
EDU5221 Professional Learning12
EDU8312 Educators as Leaders: Emerging Perspectives11
EDU8314 Human Resource Strategies for Innovation11,3
EDU8318 Organisational Transformation Through Learning12Pre-requisite: EDU8312

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Guidance and Counselling

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
EDU8328 Consultation and Communication: Theory and Practice12,3
EDU8332 Introduction to Counselling in Educational Contexts11
EDU8333 Advanced Counselling in Educational Contexts12Pre-requisite: EDU8332

Complete one of the following approved courses:

     EDU5325 Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention, Protection and Prevention11,3
     EDU5335 Emotional and Behavioural Problems of Children and Adolescents12

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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 requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
EDU5321 Educating Students with Special Needs11,3
EDU8328 Consultation and Communication: Theory and Practice12,3
EDU5322 13

Complete one of the following approved courses:

     EDU8324 Learning Difficulties: Reading12
     EDU8326 Learning Difficulties: Mathematics11

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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
EDU5702 Exploring Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Contexts12Students require access to learning and teaching environments in a higher education setting.
EDU5713 Assessment Principles and Practices1311,3
EDU5705 Principles of Quality Curricula11
EDU8701 Teaching and Learning in Contemporary Contexts: Theory and Practice11

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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 requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
LIN5000 The Nature of Language11,211,2
LIN8001 Principles of Second Language Learning11,211
LIN8002 Methodology in Teaching a Second Language11,212
LIN8007 Language and Literacy Assessment211,3