Master of Guidance and Counselling

Information valid for students commencing in 2015.

Course code




Professional accreditation status

This course is accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and by the Singapore Association of Counselling (SAC).  Graduates are eligible for professional membership of the ACA or the SAC.

Course type

Masters Degree (AQF Level 9)


Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Course Structure



Advanced Standing

Award Details

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of a cognate, three year, AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree Cognate disciplines include education, psychology, social work, law, health or career development.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Additional selection requirements


Special admission requirements

In exceptional cases applicants may be admitted to the course if they submit other evidence of academic and professional attainments and their candidature is approved by the Division.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

36 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules


Additional completion requirements


Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Master of Guidance and Counselling, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced and integrated understanding of theoretical and professional knowledge, research methods, ethical reasoning principles and recent developments in guidance and counselling, with depth in the Professional Standards of the Australian Counselling Association and their Code of Ethics and Practice, and / or the Singapore Association for Counselling and their Code of Ethics

  • Reflect on deep and critical approaches to learning in issues relating to the tropics, sustainability, and Indigenous, regional and rural wellbeing, and their application in the guidance and counselling field, including career development

  • Critically review, analyse and synthesise theoretical propositions, professional practice and research principles and methodologies in guidance and counselling, including intercultural and career development applications

  • Interpret, evaluate, generate and justify complex ideas, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist stakeholders, using advanced speaking, reading, writing, listening, numeracy and advocacy skills

  • Identify, theorise and design solutions for complex issues in a range of professional guidance and counselling practice contexts including career development, exercising expert judgement, adaptability and collaboration

  • Design, plan and ethically execute a substantial research-based project with creativity and initiative and a high level of autonomy and accountability.

Course Structure


ED5859:03 Atypical Development

ED5862:03 Foundations of Counselling Theory

ED5863:03 Foundations of Counselling Practice

ED5864:03 Advanced Counselling

ED5310:03 Practicum in Guidance and Counselling

ED5311:03 Reflective Practice Research in Guidance and Counselling

ED5853:03 Career and Leisure Guidance and Counselling

ED5857:03 Assessment


Select 12 credit points of ED level 5 subjects from List 1

List 1

ED5190:03 Introduction to Educational Research

ED5510:03 Teaching ESL to Indigenous Students

ED5812:03 ICTs for Learning and Teaching

ED5831:03 Research in Early Childhood Education

ED5833:03 Issues in the Education and Care of Young Children

ED5855:03 Behaviour Management

ED5871:03 Language Acquisition and Reading

ED5873:03 Teaching and Learning Literacy

ED5880:03 Educational Leadership

ED5881:03 Contemporary Curriculum

ED5911:03 Education for Sustainability

ED5912:03 Co-Learning for a Sustainable Future

ED5913:03 Communicating Sustainability and Climate Change

ED5914:03 Individual Action Project











Expected time to complete

18 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

5 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students.

Students may be required to undertake placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled at their own expense.

Special assessment requirements

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

Professional accreditation requirements

Graduates are eligible for professional membership of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) or the Singapore Association of Counselling (SAC).

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

18 credit points


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


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 15 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Advanced standing will not be granted for ED5311.

Students who have accrued two years of full-time (or equivalent) professional experience in a cognate discipline area or have an AQF Level 8 cognate qualification may be granted advanced standing of up to 12 credit points for non-core subjects.

Students seeking admission without a cognate degree must first complete the Graduate Certificate of Career Development. Then, within the Master of Guidance and Counselling, they must complete 6 credit points of ED level 5 subjects instead of ED5853 and ED5862.

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 12 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate of Education.

Course articulation

Not applicable