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Graduate Diploma of Education (Career Development)

Summary
Graduate Diploma of Education Specialisation Career Development (GDEF)

Study Mode
  • Online

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

Number of Units
  • 8 units

Duration
  • 1 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • -

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Develop the careers of others

USQ’s Graduate Diploma of Education (Career Development) is ideal if you work in teaching, counselling, training, employment or community development roles and support the career planning and development of students, clients, and organisations. It is for new and experienced practitioners alike.

Through this eight unit-degree, you will focus on big picture issues in career development, including policy, employability and learning.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.

Professional accreditation

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.

Graduates of this certificate will have the knowledge and skills to help people manage their careers, make occupational and study decisions, plan career transitions and find career information. Career opportunities include Education Managers, Community Development Managers, and Job Placement Managers in an array of work environments from schools, TAFEs and universities to government agencies and industry.

Other specialisations in the Graduate Diploma of Education (Full Fee Paying) include: Adult, Professional and Workplace LearningApplied Linguistics, Curriculum and Pedagogical LeadershipLeading and Managing Educational Organisations, Multicultural Education and Online and Distributed Learning

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

Courses to be studied Units
Coursework major pathways courses
6
plus specialisation approved courses
2
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
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.