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Graduate Diploma of Education (Special Education)

Summary
Graduate Diploma of Education Specialisation Special Education (GDED)

Study Mode
  • Online

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)
  • Semester 3 (November)

Number of Units
  • 8 units

Duration
  • 1 year or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • -

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Extend your special education knowledge

USQ’s Graduate Diploma of Education (Special Education) extends your specialist knowledge, experience and skills working with students with learning difficulties. 

Through this eight unit-degree, you will have the opportunity to study in the areas of behaviour management, Autism Spectrum Disorder and teaching students with high support needs. relating to the education of young children and develop the ability to critically analyse your understandings of contemporary learning and teaching. You will also have the opportunity to study other postgraduate education courses that interest you.

Flexible study

After you complete the Graduate Diploma of Education, you will have the option to take the credit from your studies and go on to complete the Master of Education.

If you're not quite ready to undertake a Graduate Diploma or don't meet the entry requirements, you may like to start with USQ's Graduate Certificate of Education, before going on to study the Graduate Diploma.

Other specialisations in the Graduate Diploma of Education (Commonwealth Supported Place) include: Early Childhood, Guidance and Counselling, Special Education and TESOL.

Specialisations in the Graduate Diploma of Education (Full Fee Paying) include: Adult, Professional and Workplace Learning, Applied Linguistics, Career Development, Curriculum and Pedagogical Leadership,Leading and Managing Educational Organisations, Multicultural Education and Online and Distributed Learning

Courses to be studied Units
Coursework major pathways courses
2
plus 2 x postgraduate education approved courses
6
Total 8
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 6344
Domestic full fee paying AUD 18080

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2017 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • 4 year bachelor degree in education

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.


How to apply

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 3, 2017 - applications close Monday 6 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 13 November 2017.
  • Semester 1, 2018 - applications close Monday 19 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 26 February 2018.
  • Semester 2, 2018 - applications close Monday 2 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 16 July.

If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.