Why study the Graduate Diploma in Education

The Graduate Diploma in Education is a one-year teacher preparation program for students who already hold a tertiary degree. The program offers practical, school-based learning and draws on the latest research into effective teaching methods, ensuring graduates are well equipped to meet the challenges of a teaching career. Courses within the program will challenge participants to use their knowledge, expertise and experience to design learning environments that will engage students in the learning process and cater for a variety of learning styles. Participants learn to cooperatively and critically plan, design, implement and review relevant syllabi including developing teaching and learning strategies and curriculum materials. Graduates will have developed a personal theory of teaching that fully considers the role of teachers in the promotion of a socially just and inclusive society. This program encourages active engagement with local and global communities to promote the continuing enhancement of learning for the benefit of all.

2017 is the last offering of this program. All students, either commencing or continuing, should aim to complete the program by the end of semester 2, 2017.


  • Program code
  • 742702
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (13 Feb, 2017)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements


An appropriate Bachelor degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. Additionally tertiary studies must provide the prerequisites for the nominated teaching area/s.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Graduate Diploma in Education 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 Diploma in Education. 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 the General Award Rules. The General Award Rules, along with other policies and regulations, can be found on the University Rules page.

Practicals, placements and internships

Students undertaking the GDipEd(Secondary) must complete 75 days of supervised practicum scheduled in two extended blocks (7-8 weeks) - one in each semester of the program.

Effort is made to place students within a reasonable distance of their home but they can be expected to travel up to 90 minutes due to public transport connections and incur costs associated with travel and possible lost income. Students are generally placed in southeast Queensland but are encouraged to consider a rural placement. Financial assistance may be available to assist with travel and accommodation costs for rural placements.

Students must have a current Blue Card (Working with Children Check) before commencing practicum, and can apply for one through The School of Education three months before their practicum. The Teacher Preparation Programs Handbook provides additional information about practicum and school experience requirements and is available from the School of Education

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Queensland College of Teachers

Accreditation body

The Graduate Diploma in Education is accredited by:

  • Australian Institute For Teaching And School Leadership

While this program may be accredited by an official industry body in Australia, completing this degree may not result in automatic accreditation for graduates. Please contact the relevant association for details.

Further study options

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Education have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Courses and Programs

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Graduate Diploma in Education.

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


Students are prepared for secondary school teaching, or training in business or industry. Teaching is a challenging and rewarding career, with secondary school teachers in demand worldwide. Teaching areas include English; Business Education (Business Organisation and Management, Accounting, Legal Studies and Economics); Study of Society and Environment (History, Geography, Economics, Legal Studies, Study of Society); Mathematics (Junior Maths, Maths A, Maths B, Maths C); Languages (Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Spanish), Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Science 21); Health and Physical Education; Information Processing and Technology; Music, Drama, Media Studies, Study of Religions, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples; Special Needs.

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.

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