University of Southern Queensland USQ

Graduate Certificate of Education

University of Southern Queensland USQ

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

The Graduate Certificate of Education provides flexibility for students to select courses that best advance their applied knowledge and skills in relation to advancing their careers. Depending on their specialisation, graduates will have career opportunities to work as professionals in educational settings within guidance and counselling; special and inclusive education; TESOL; career development; STEM education; and educational leadership. Many of the courses offered provide you with opportunities to address real issues through independent work in an approved workplace professional development activity. As such, you can see immediate results of your studies in your relevant workplace setting. The Graduate Certificate of Education is a great place to start and you can continue on to obtain your Master’s degree with either the Master of Education (Commonwealth Supported Place) or the Master of Education (Full-Fee Paying) depending on which courses you studied. A pathway exists all the way to doctoral studies, either the Doctor of Education or Doctor of Philosophy.


4 specialisation courses


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

Standard entry requirements

3-year bachelor degree from an Australian University or equivalent;


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

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Online Yes
  • Full-time : 1 semester
  • Part-time : 2 years
  • Online/Off-campus : 1 semester

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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