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Graduate Diploma of Teaching (GDTO) - GradDipT

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 Master of Learning and Teaching .

 Online
Semester intake:No new admissions
Fees:Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration:1 year full-time, up to 4 years part-time 

Notes

This program is only available to International, Permanent Residents or Australian off-shore students.
Compulsory Induction: A compulsory virtual induction must be undertaken prior to your first semester of study. This is held in February for semester 1 commencement or June for semester 2 commencement. The induction is offered in online mode for both semesters.

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Program aims

The Graduate Diploma of Teaching aims to graduate students who demonstrate:

  • the knowledge, skills, practices and values inherent in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (as representative of the professional standards applicable to teachers’ work in most global contexts)

  • the qualities and skills required of a USQ graduate (see USQ's Qualities of a Graduate Policy)

  • the attributes of an Education graduate

  • high levels of personal and professional literacies

  • awareness, understanding and positive orientation towards redressing the educational disadvantages experienced by many students of minority backgrounds.


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Admission requirements

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

Australian citizens and permanent residents who are currently residing overseas are eligible to apply for this program.

Students should note that this program does not lead to eligibility for registration through the Queensland College of Teachers. All intending students are advised to check the eligibility requirements that apply to their local jurisdictions should they intend to seek teacher registration, qualified teacher status, or equivalent.

A minimum of a recognised three-year bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a discipline other than education is required.

All applicants must show how their prior studies meet these requirements by submitting a completed Teaching Areas forms - Form G with their application.

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 one-year Graduate Diploma of Teaching requires 8 units at undergraduate level. A minimum of two semesters of study must be undertaken.

Duration  One year full-time, or equivalent. 
Mode  WEB 
Units  8 units, including 75 days of professional experience. Professional experience placements may be scheduled outside usual University teaching weeks. Travel to locations away from the areas local to the student’s home may be necessary in order to complete the professional experience requirements. 

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Program completion requirements

In order to complete the Graduate Diploma of Teaching, a student must complete 8 specified units of study. See the table below:

Secondary (7-12) 
First Semester 
EDG5000 Designing for Learning 
EDC2100 Managing Supportive Learning Environments 
EDS4250 Literacy across the Curriculum 
EDS2401 Middle Phase Curriculum & Pedagogy  
Second Semester  
EDG3000 Designing for Diversity  
EDS3450 Senior Phase Curriculum & Pedagogy 
EDX3250 Adolescence: Issues & Challenges
Or
EDV3500 Competency Based Training & Assessment
Or
EDP4140 Second Language Learning & Pedagogy
Or
EDO3211 Teaching in Global Contexts 
EDM8004 Teacher Identity 

Students must also complete all requirements associated with an initial 30-hour Induction Program prior to the first semester of study.

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Major studies

All students must select the Secondary specialisation (understood, in Queensland, as the school years 7 – 12).

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Major studies objectives

Secondary

In addition to the whole-of-program aims described above, the Secondary specialisation aims to prepare graduates with sound levels of discipline and pedagogic content knowledge in their nominated teaching areas and who will thus be able to apply a range of teaching and learning approaches to support the development of knowledge, understanding and skills that will help students around 12 - 18 years of age (Years 7 - 12) to reach their full potential through secondary schooling.

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Professional experience

The Graduate Diploma of Teaching program requires students to complete a minimum of 75 days of professional experience.

Within each sector strand, the professional experience components of the program are all tied to four courses, so that students undertake two professional experience placements in both semesters of full-time enrolment.

In order to undertake the courses to which professional experience placements are attached in the second half of the program, students must have successfully completed the entire previous year’s Professional Experience courses in order to enrol in this course. Students must be available for a prescribed period of time to undertake a placement in a school or other approved site as required in this course. For EDC4000 Preparing for the Profession /EDM8004 Teacher Identity there is the further requirement that any students undertaking the embedded placement will require USQ approval of the proposed arrangements for that placement and will need to ensure that they comply with any additional requirements of their local jurisdiction.

State law in Queensland (Australia) requires that all adults working/undertaking Professional Experience practica/researching with children under the age of 18, in the state of Queensland must hold a valid Blue Card or Exemption Card . If undertaking placement outside of Queensland you must ensure that all relevant checks are completed and evidence of this is provided to the Professional Experience Team

It is highly recommended that for the Graduate Diploma of Teaching enrolment pattern students do the first professional experience course EDG5000 Designing for Learning in their first semester so they will be able to decide if teaching is for them.

See Professional Experience Forms for further information.

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IT requirements

Students must have reliable and ready access to email and the Internet. Broadband would be a significant advantage. See minimum computing standards for more information.

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Other program requirements

The major program requirements are the satisfactory completion of 8 specified units and 75 days of approved professional experience.

A 30-hour virtual induction program, compulsory for all students regardless of location, is held prior to commencing formal studies in the first semester of enrolment. For the Semester 1 intake each year this induction program is held in February. For the Semester 2 intake each year the equivalent induction program is held in late June/early July.

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Credit

There is no credit available for courses completed in the degree that formed the basis for the student’s admission to the program, but students who have completed degrees or diplomas in addition to the degree that formed the basis of their admission to the program may apply for any credit that may be applicable from that source.

Students may seek credit from courses on the basis of documented prior study at University level or equivalent qualifications and experience. Such applications will be considered on their merits in relation to the extent to which the documentation supplied by the student demonstrates a clear match with the objectives of the course for which the credit is sought. A maximum of four units of credit may be allowable.

Students who have documented evidence of satisfactory work in the role of teacher (or similar) may be eligible to seek credit for some of the required days of professional experience on the basis of recognition of current competence. Such applications must be supported by formal documentation from a school principal on school letterhead. The maximum credit available in such circumstances shall not exceed 15 days.

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Secondary (continuing students)

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 should not make changes to this pattern without first contacting the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts for advice.

It is highly recommended that for the Graduate Diploma of Teaching enrolment pattern students do the first professional experience course EDG5000 in their first semester so they will be able to decide if teaching is for them.

Students following a non-standard enrolment pattern should consult the course synopses to ascertain if a course is offered in another term.

Note: 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.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirementsComments
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
EDG5000 Designing for Learning1,21,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTL or GDTO 15 days professional experience.
EDC2100 Supportive Learning Environments: Cultivating Effective Classrooms1,211,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU (Early Childhood) or BEDU (Primary) or BEDU (Primary + Special Education) or BECH or MOLT (Primary) Co-requisite: BEDU (Primary) Only - EDP2111
EDS4250 Literacies Across the Curriculum1,211,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU or GDTL (Secondary) or GDTO (Secondary) Pre-requisite: BEDU Only - ESP3100 or EDC3100
EDS2401 Junior Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy*1111,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU or GDTL (Secondary) or GDTO (Secondary) Pre-requisite: BEDU Only - ESP1200 or EDC1400 15 days professional experience.
EDG3000 Designing for Diversity1,21,2Pre-requisite: (EDG2000 or EDG5000) and EDS2401 25 days professional experience
EDS3450 Senior Phase Curriculum and Pedagogy1211,2,3Pre-requisite: EDS2401 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTL (Secondary) or GDTO (Secondary)
EDM8004 Teacher Identity11,21,2MoLT students pre-requisite: EDM5000 and EDM5001 and EDM8100 GDTL and GDTO students co-requisite: EDG3000 20 days professional placement.

Choose either

EDX3250 Adolescence: Issues and Challenges11,2,3Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in on of the following Programs: GDTL (Secondary) or GDTO (Secondary) Students should note that these choices are subject to availability/offer

Or

EDV3500 Competency Based Training and Assessment12Co-requisite: (ESP2200 or EDS3450) and EDC2300 and (ESP3100 or EDC3100) 25 hours professional experience

Or

EDP4140 Second Language Learning and Pedagogy11Students should note that these choices are subject to availability/offer

Or

EDO3211 13Students should note that these choices are subject to availability/offer

Footnotes
*Students must have completed EDG5000 before undertaking this course or be enrolled in EDG5000 in the same semester.

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Secondary (students commencing 2017)

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 should not make changes to this pattern without first contacting the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts for advice.

It is highly recommended that for the Graduate Diploma of Teaching enrolment pattern students do the first professional experience course EDG5000 in their first semester so they will be able to decide if teaching is for them.

Students following a non-standard enrolment pattern should consult the course synopses to ascertain if a course is offered in another term.

Note: 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.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirementsComments
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
EDG5000 Designing for Learning1,21,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTL or GDTO 15 days professional experience.
EDC2100 Supportive Learning Environments: Cultivating Effective Classrooms1,211,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU (Early Childhood) or BEDU (Primary) or BEDU (Primary + Special Education) or BECH or MOLT (Primary) Co-requisite: BEDU (Primary) Only - EDP2111
EDS4250 Literacies Across the Curriculum11,211,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU or GDTL (Secondary) or GDTO (Secondary) Pre-requisite: BEDU Only - ESP3100 or EDC3100
EDS2401 Junior Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogy*1111,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU or GDTL (Secondary) or GDTO (Secondary) Pre-requisite: BEDU Only - ESP1200 or EDC1400 15 days professional experience.
EDG3000 Designing for Diversity1,21,2Pre-requisite: (EDG2000 or EDG5000) and EDS2401 25 days professional experience
EDS3450 Senior Phase Curriculum and Pedagogy1211,2,3Pre-requisite: EDS2401 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GDTL (Secondary) or GDTO (Secondary)
EDM8004 Teacher Identity1,21,2MoLT students pre-requisite: EDM5000 and EDM5001 and EDM8100 GDTL and GDTO students co-requisite: EDG3000 20 days professional placement

Choose either

EDX3250 Adolescence: Issues and Challenges11,2,3Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in on of the following Programs: GDTL (Secondary) or GDTO (Secondary) Students should note that these choices are subject to availability/offer

Or

EDV3500 Competency Based Training and Assessment12Co-requisite: (ESP2200 or EDS3450) and EDC2300 and (ESP3100 or EDC3100) 25 hours professional experience

Or

EDP4140 Second Language Learning and Pedagogy11Students should note that these choices are subject to availability/offer

Or

EDO3211 13Students should note that these choices are subject to availability/offer

Footnotes
*Students must have completed EDG5000 before undertaking this course or be enrolled in EDG5000 in the same semester.