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Graduate Certificate in  Educational Studies

Program code: 5448
CRICOS code: 061819G

Location

St Lucia

Duration

Half Year full-time

Commencing

Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies is ideal if you're a practising educator looking for a professional advantage and qualification that will advance or broaden your career.

  • This six-month program is suitable for applicants with an approved degree in any discipline and who meet the minimum GPA requirements.
  • Tailor your studies by specialising in one of five fields of study: Behaviour Management, Curriculum, Guidance and Counselling, Leadership, or Supporting Diverse Learners.
  • Study the latest developments, theories, policies and practices in education. You will strengthen your leadership expertise as you obtain the knowledge and skills required for work in your chosen area of specialisation.
  • Put your knowledge into practice. Depending on your area of specialisation, you can choose to complete all aspects of a practicum that focuses on advanced research and teaching interests.

Advance your professional development and career opportunities with the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies.

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    The School of Education at The University of Queensland was ranked 15th in the world in the 2018 QS Rankings by Subject, and ranked the best in Australia for the ERA Outcomes 2015.

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Fields of study for this program

There are 5 fields of study available in the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies.

View all fields of study for this program

Career outcomes

Educational Studies prepares students for a variety of employment opportunities including learning support teachers, guidance counsellors, and educational administrators. The program also allows students to gain significant professional advantages in advancing their career and broadening their career options.

Many students also use the graduate certificate as a stepping-stone to the higher-level Master of Educational Studies, which has a more comprehensive study plan, and offers greater professional opportunities.

Summary

  • Program code
    5448
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    Half Year full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
    8
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code
    061819G

Admissions criteria

Prerequisites

Approved degree in any discipline; or

Have completed post secondary study and two years full-time work experience in a professional capacity in a relevant or comparable education setting.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

  • Students studying Guidance, Counselling and Careers can choose to complete a practicum course, that involves approximately 200 contact hours.
  • Students studying Supporting Diverse Learners can choose to complete a practicum course that involves approximately 20 contact hours.
  • Students may incur costs associated with the practicum (e.g. travel, parking, stationery). Practicum placements may be located throughout Australia or overseas. Students are required to have a current Blue Card (Working with Children Check) or Exemption Card before commencing a placement in any school or organisations that provide child-related services in Queensland. Students can apply for a Blue Card or Exemption through the School of Education and should do so three months before their practicum is due to commence.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies.

When you graduate, any fields of study you have finished will be listed on your degree certificate.

Behaviour Management

This field is designed to give teachers the knowledge and skills needed to identify, describe, and manage students' challenging behaviours in schools.

This field of study develops students' knowledge and skills in:

  • Contemporary, evidence-based practices in behaviour support
  • Assessment and understanding of the functions of challenging behaviours
  • Developing and implementing strategies for behaviour interventions across a range of environments
  • Monitoring and evaluating behaviour support strategies

Curriculum

The Curriculum field of study offers students the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment issues that is responsive to the introduction of the Australian Curriculum. It explores contemporary issues associated with curriculum in schooling and education. The field considers priority areas in the Australian curriculum and also offers students the opportunity to study in a core learning area.

Guidance, Counselling and Careers

This field provides the knowledge, understanding and skills that are essential for today's professional guidance counsellors and career development practitioners. This specially designed program of study allows students to develop competencies as professional guidance counsellors and/or career practitioners for employment in schools, TAFE colleges, agencies, or as private practitioners. The program focuses on:

  • developing counselling competencies
  • understanding career development and education across the life-span
  • linking assessment practices to instructional interventions
  • understanding ethical behaviour and practices
  • developing comprehensive guidance programs.

It is suggested that students enrol in EDUC7011/7012 if they are seeking to work as a guidance and careers counsellor.

Commonwealth Supported Places are available for Australian citizens, permanent visa holders, and New Zealand citizens.

Leadership

In a 21st century knowledge society, leadership has emerged as a critical contributor to positive outcomes, overall success and sustainability to organisations and institutions in education and education-related fields. In such an increasingly complex and uncertain future, transformative leadership competencies encompassing distributive and collaborative domains have become essential. The Master of Educational Studies (Leadership) is designed for individuals committed to undertaking transformative leadership roles in order to improve their respective workplaces and to make an impact through their professional practice informed by research. This field of study provides learners with leading-edge knowledge and understandings about leadership and management that inform their practice within educational institutions (including schools, colleges, TAFE institutions), government departments and other organisations. The field of study focuses on the skills, knowledge and attitudes required by leaders in our discontinuously changing world, and challenges students to develop as critically reflective, flexible and ethically collaborative change leaders of learners and thinkers.

Supporting Diverse Learners

The Supporting Diverse Learners field of study takes a developmental perspective situating young people with special needs and learning difficulties in context in order to better understand their learning and behaviour. It develops the skills, knowledge and values to teach students with a range of diverse abilities and needs, from students with developmental disabilities to those who may have difficulties in learning, as well as those at risk of school failure or disengagement. The field focuses on understanding individual, contextual, and systematic factors that affect learning and behaviour for individuals with learning or special needs including issues associated with assessment, curriculum, pedagogy and whole-life learning.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $14,160
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies for one semester in 2019. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester. The fee for part-time study is proportionately lower.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Students are responsible for the cost of transportation and accommodation to attend residential schools or practicals.

Scholarships

International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

Apply now

All international student applications for the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies is 5448. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Additional application information

Relevant work experience is defined as employment in teaching and education (which can include youth work, teacher aide work, support personnel, music education, teaching English as a second language, allied health, and sport sciences).

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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