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Graduate Certificate of Education (GCEF) - GradCertEd

CRICOS code (International applicants): 094714K

The CRICOS code can only be used when applying for the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) specialisation within this program.

 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
International 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 or 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:

  • 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:

  • Adult, Professional and Workplace Learning

  • Applied Linguistics

  • Behaviour Intervention

  • Career Development

  • Counselling in Educational Contexts

  • Curriculum and Pedagogy

  • Digital Learning Environments

  • Early Childhood

  • Gifted and Talented

  • Leading and Managing Educational Organisations

  • Learning Intervention

  • Multicultural Education

  • Special Education

  • Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL)

  • Tertiary Teaching


A General Specialisation is also available. Please note - no named specialisation will appear on student's Testamur,

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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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Professional experience

Professional experience is required in the Early Childhood, and 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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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 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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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 1
EDU5713 Assessment Principles and Practices31,3
EDU5760 Professional Study1,2Professional Experience is a required component of this course, please refer to the Course Specification regarding sector specific requirements.
EDU8506 Informal Learning3

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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 Language1,21,2
EDR8005 Discourse Analysis11,2
LIN8015 Introduction to Sociolinguistics22,3

Choose one course from the list below:*

     LIN8001 Principles of Second Language Learning1,21,2
     LIN8002 Methodology in Teaching a Second Language1,21,2
     LIN8003 Language Program Management2
     LIN8006 Computer-Assisted Language Learning1,2
     LIN8007 Language and Literacy Assessment21,3
     LIN8019 Teaching Languages to Young Learners2

Footnotes
*Subject to the approval of the Specialisation Coordinator, this course can be replaced by a course outside the list.

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Behaviour Intervention

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
EDU5324 Behaviour Support3
EDU8509 Positive Behaviour Support within School Contexts1
EDU8707 Wellbeing in Educational Contexts1

Complete one of the following approved courses:

     EDU5321 Educating Students with Special Needs1, 3
     EDU8326 Learning Difficulties: Mathematics1
     EDU8324 Learning Difficulties: Reading2
     EDU8338 Autism3
     EDU8505 Programs to Promote Gifted Achievement Across the Lifespan2Pre-requisite: EDU8511 or EDU5321
     EDU8511 Gifted Achievement Across the Lifespan1
     EDU8513 Creativity and Innovation Across the Lifespan3
     EDU8706 Differentiation2
     EDU8709 Autism - Managing Emotions2Pre-requisite: EDU8338 or Equivalent Co-requisite: EDU5321 or Equivalent

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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 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 Education 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
EDU8328 Consultation and Communication: Theory and Practice2,3
EDU8332 Introduction to Counselling in Educational Contexts1
EDU8333 Advanced Counselling in Educational Contexts2Pre-requisite: EDU8332

Complete one of the following approved courses:

     EDU5325 Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention, Protection and Prevention1,3
     EDU8504 Mental Health Promotion and Intervention in Education Contexts2, 3

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Curriculum and Pedagogy

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
EDU5703 Engaging Curriculum and Pedagogy3
EDU5705 Principles of Quality Curricula1
EDU5713 Assessment Principles and Practices31,3

Complete one of the following approved courses:

     EDU8406 Theories for Learning Futures2
     EDU8400 Mentoring and Coaching2Participants MUST have access to a mentee.

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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 ICT3
EDU8111 Emerging Environments for Learning2
EDU8114 Online Pedagogy in Practice1
EDU8117 Networked and Global Learning2

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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 Childhood2
EDU8000 Early Childhood Principles and Practices1 15 days professional experience.
EDU8007 Developing Matters in Early Childhood Education1
EDU8011 Professional Culture, Dynamics and Change in Early Childhood Education2

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Gifted and Talented

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
EDU8511 Gifted Achievement Across the Lifespan1
EDU8505 Programs to Promote Gifted Achievement Across the Lifespan2Pre-requisite: EDU8511 or EDU5321
EDU8513 Creativity and Innovation Across the Lifespan3

Complete one of the following approved courses:

     EDU5321 Educating Students with Special Needs1, 3
     EDU8326 Learning Difficulties: Mathematics1
     EDU8324 Learning Difficulties: Reading2
     EDU8338 Autism3
     EDU8509 Positive Behaviour Support within School Contexts1
     EDU5324 Behaviour Support3
     EDU8707 Wellbeing in Educational Contexts1
     EDU8706 Differentiation2

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Leading and Managing Educational Organisations

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
EDU8311 Concepts and Theories in Educational Management1
EDU8312 Educators as Leaders: Emerging Perspectives1
EDU8318 Organisational Transformation Through Learning2Pre-requisite: EDU8312

Complete one of the following approved courses:

     EDU5221 Professional Learning2
     EDU8314 Human Resource Strategies for Innovation1,3
     LAW8710 Australian Law for School Managers2 Australian Students only.
     EDU8400 Mentoring and Coaching2 Participants MUST have access to a mentee.

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Learning Intervention

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
EDU8324 Learning Difficulties: Reading2
EDU8326 Learning Difficulties: Mathematics1
EDU8706 Differentiation1

Complete one of the following approved courses:

     EDU5321 Educating Students with Special Needs1, 3
     EDU8338 Autism3
     EDU8509 Positive Behaviour Support within School Contexts1
     EDU5324 Behaviour Support3
     EDU8505 Programs to Promote Gifted Achievement Across the Lifespan2Pre-requisite: EDU8511 or EDU5321
     EDU8511 Gifted Achievement Across the Lifespan1
     EDU8513 Creativity and Innovation Across the Lifespan3
     EDU8707 Wellbeing in Educational Contexts1

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Multicultural 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
EDU8500 Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Education and Issues1
EDU8502 Cultural Diversity Challenges in the Classroom1
EDU8503 Culture and (Multi)Cultural Education2
EDU8508 Engaging with Indigenous Communities3

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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 Needs1,3

Complete three of the following approved courses:

     EDU8324 Learning Difficulties: Reading2
     EDU8326 Learning Difficulties: Mathematics1
     EDU8338 Autism3
     EDU8509 Positive Behaviour Support within School Contexts1
     EDU5324 Behaviour Support3
     EDU8505 Programs to Promote Gifted Achievement Across the Lifespan2Pre-requisite: EDU8511 or EDU5321
     EDU8511 Gifted Achievement Across the Lifespan1
     EDU8513 Creativity and Innovation Across the Lifespan3
     EDU8706 Differentiation2
     EDU8707 Wellbeing in Educational Contexts1

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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 Language11,2
LIN8001 Principles of Second Language Learning1,21,2
LIN8002 Methodology in Teaching a Second Language1,21,2

Complete one of the following approved courses:*

LIN5001 Teaching English Grammar2
EDU5760 Professional Study1,2
EDR8005 Discourse Analysis11,2
LIN8006 Computer-Assisted Language Learning11,2
LIN8007 Language and Literacy Assessment21,3
LIN8019 Teaching Languages to Young Learners2
LIN8020 Digital Literacies in Practice3

Footnotes
*Subject to the approval of the Specialisation Coordinator, this course can be replaced by a course outside the list

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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 Contexts2Students 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

Elective (any postgraduate USQ course)


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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.

Students may choose any four approved Postgraduate Education courses.