Graduate Diploma of Education - Secondary

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

This Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) program is for graduates who want to become qualified teachers in secondary schools and who already have an appropriate undergraduate degree. Graduates of this diploma will meet the requirements for teaching in Catholic and other faith-based schools, independent and government secondary schools.

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor degree or equivalent; background studies in curriculum and teaching study areas according to the local state registration authority; and successfully complete the child protection screening required in their state. International students must bring police check documentation from their own countries and Australian students who have lived in another country for 12 months or more must provide a police check from that country for that period.

Structure:

100 credit points (including 40 credit points from Education Studies units; 40 credit points from Curriculum Studies units and 20 credit points from Professional Experience units). Students must complete a minimum of 60 days professional experience.

Subjects you can Study:

Education-secondary

Study Pathways:

Graduates may continue to further postgraduate study.

Further information:

Requirements for working with children: All students enrolled must have the appropriate approvals before they may enter a classroom. These are: Blue Card (QLD), Working with Vulnerable People (ACT) or Working with Children Check (NSW and VIC).

Recognition:

The Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) is accredited by Queensland College of Teachers.

Who for:

Secondary teachers wanting to meet the requirements for teaching in Catholic, independent and government schools

Accepts International Students:

Yes

Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Related Careers:

Teacher - Secondary,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info Yes Full time 1 year
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info Yes Part time 2 years

The world is our campus

We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy. With us, you’ll have the chance to study overseas with one of more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

Engaged with industry and society

We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. 

All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. You could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, working with a welfare agency in Florence, or helping to develop youth soccer teams in East Timor. When they graduate, our students are ready to work, and the employment rate of our bachelor degree graduates is consistently higher than the national average.*

We see the whole person

You are welcome at ACU irrespective of your socio-cultural background, religious beliefs or aspirations. We’re inclusive and supportive of everyone, every day. With us, you’ll be valued and encouraged to thrive to the full extent of your potential. From academic skills to career and counselling services, we have a range of support services to help you succeed. We also offer nearly 400 scholarships, which

recognise academic achievement, community participation, and help out students from a range of backgrounds. 

Education with a bigger purpose

ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

At ACU, it’s education, but with a bigger purpose.


*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.


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