Graduate Certificate in Education

University of Southern Queensland USQ

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00244B (QLD); 02225M (NSW)

This program provides flexibility for students to select courses that best advance their applied knowledge and skills in relation to advancing their careers. It also facilitates articulation into the USQ Education Graduate Diploma and/or Master suite of programs.


4 specialisation courses


  • Career development
  • Counselling in educational contexts
  • Educational leadership
  • STEM education
  • Special education
  • Teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL)
  • Tertiary teaching
  • General

Standard entry requirements

  • 3-year bachelor degree from an Australian University or equivalent
  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 3.


The Career Development specialisation meets the professional learning needs of professionals working in teaching, counselling, training, employment, community development, or information management roles who support the career planning and development of students, clients, and organisations. 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.

Study pathways

Articulation to: Graduate Diploma of Education; Master of Education.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
  • Online/Off-campus : 1 semester
  • Full-time : 1 semester
  • Part-time : 2 years

Further information

This program does not qualify students for teacher registration in Queensland. To qualify for teacher registration in Queensland, please refer to the Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching and Master of Learning and Teaching. Not all courses are available in every mode in every semester or year. Students are advised to check the course and mode offer listings for each semester/year. All modes of study are supported with the USQ StudyDesk. It is possible to complete the program via a combination of delivery modes. Minimum enrolment numbers apply to all courses. Should enrolments not meet the minimum number required, students may be transferred to a different mode or offering and advised of this change prior to semester start.

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