Graduate Diploma of Education

Course Code

33506

Version

3

Faculty

Arts, Education and Social Sciences

Award Requirements

Course Structure

Candidature

Progression

Advanced Standing

Award Details

Honours

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an undergraduate degree (non-Education), from this or another university.  Normally, applicants will only be considered if undergraduate degree or continued professional development is less than 10 years old.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non-English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule I of the JCU Admissions policy.

Additional selection requirements

Necessary English skills for classroom teaching

Applicants’ previous degrees must include a sufficient amount of study in their intended teaching areas as specified below.

For primary teaching - studies providing a basis for work in at least two areas of the primary curriculum (English, Geography, Health and Physical Education, History/SOSE, Mathematics, Science, Technologies, Arts) and at least two years of study in a non-education discipline.

For 1 to 9 teaching – a minimum of FOUR subjects normally undertaken within the previous 10 years in two teaching areas, selected from Mathematics, Science, Arts, English, Geography, Health and Physical Education, History/SOSE and Technologies.

For secondary teaching – a minimum of SIX subjects (with at least TWO subjects at level 3) normally undertaken within the previous 10 years in a secondary area of teaching to year 12, (Biology, Business, Drama, English, Health and Physical Education, History/SOSE, Information Communication Technologies (ICT), LOTE, Mathematics, Science 21, Physics or Visual Arts), together with a minimum of FOUR subjects (TWO at level 2) normally undertaken within the previous 10 years in a secondary area of teaching to year 10 (Business, Drama, English, Geography, Health and Physical Education, History/SOSE, Information Communication Technologies (ICT) LOTE, Mathematics, Music, Science and Visual Arts).

Special admission requirements

Candidates wishing to do concurrent studies in teaching disciplines to satisfy requirements for candidature, must be interviewed by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor and receive prior written approval to enrol concurrently at this, or another university.

Post Admission Requirements

Suitability to Work with Children Card (blue card):

This course includes prescribed professional placements that may involve contact with children under 18 years of age. Students are required to obtain a Suitability to Work with Children Card (which involves a criminal history check undertaken by the Queensland Police) before the start of the first placement. Students must retain a current Suitability to Work with Children Card for the duration of their course, as failure to do so will result in the termination of their admission to the course.

For more information, refer to: https://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

Nil

Additional completion requirements

Candidates must complete the required number of days of professional experience

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Education, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate broad and coherent understanding of professional knowledge, practice and engagement with depth in the National Professional Standards for Teachers

  • Demonstrate broad and coherent understanding of underlying principles and concepts, and teaching and learning approaches for the tropics in the areas of Indigenous education, education for sustainability, rural and regional education

  • Review critically, analyse, evaluate, consolidate and synthesise professional knowledge, practice and engagement and apply the findings to enhance outcomes for diverse students

  • Communicate professional knowledge clearly and coherently through oral and written modes to students and key stakeholders in professional practice and engagement

  • Identify and solve problems and make informed decisions in diverse professional contexts with well-developed judgement and initiative

  • Demonstrate dispositions required for effective teaching that embrace responsibility and accountability for professional knowledge, practice and engagement including collaboration with stakeholders.

Course Structure

Options

Choose a major.

Majors

Type of major

Mandatory

Single

Credit points in major

24 credit points

Special requirements

Nil

MAJOR

AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

One to Nine

Cairns

TP1 2014 final intake, students must complete by end 2015

Primary

Townsville

TP1 2014 final intake, students must complete by end 2015

Secondary

Townsville

 

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

 

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years (2 years for Primary Major and One to Nine Major)

Maximum leave of absence

1 year (no leave of absence possible for part-time students commencing in 2014 in Primary Major and One to Nine Major)

Progression

Course progression requisites

Candidates must pass the professional experience component of the course. Students who receive an unsatisfactory grade will be:

  • excluded from the program; or

  • required to repeat the subject. Unsatisfactory performance in a repeat practicum will result in exclusion from the course.

For accreditation purposes, candidates must complete all award requirements within the maximum time to complete.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Suitability to Work with Children Card (blue card):

This course includes prescribed professional placements that may involve contact with children under 18 years of age. Students are required to obtain a Suitability to Work with Children Card (which involves a criminal history check undertaken by the Queensland Police) before the start of the first placement. Students must retain a current Suitability to Work with Children Card for the duration of their course, as failure to do so will result in the termination of their admission to the course.

For more information, refer to: https://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au

SOE Blue Card

Special assessment requirements

Refer to Review of a Student’s Suitability to Continue a Course Involving Placement policy.

Accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

3 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 13 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Advanced standing will not be granted for concurrent studies in teaching disciplines.

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

No majors are to appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable