Master of Guidance and Counselling
Diversify your teaching and human resource management skills with a JCU Master of Guidance and Counselling.
You could provide specialist human resource management skills across the public or private sector for business or government, as well working in schools as a guidance counsellor.
James Cook University offers professional development opportunities, student flexibility through course design and structure, as well as a successful history in securing funding for major research programs.
Be equipped with the skills to guide the career pathways of the future with this specialist post-graduate course.
Build on your professional knowledge and expertise, and gain real world experience applying your knowledge through professional placement opportunities.
Learn from world-class lecturers to understand how to design solutions for complex issues of professional guidance. You will study core subjects and select from a range of electives, plus undertake a research project to deepen your knowledge in a speciality area.
This flexible course is offered in mixed delivery modes – online and block. It can be studied full time or part time.
View the handbook for a detailed overview of subjects.
Take note of the duration, cost and campus availability of your selected course. You may wish to include a second course preference.
- Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.
- Gather electronic copies of your documentation including advanced standing application if relevant. You will need to provide original certified copies of your documents once your application has been approved.
- Complete all the questions and upload all your documents. You can save and continue the application later if you need to.
- Submit your application.
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
Master of Guidance and Counselling
Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)
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.
Tropical Environments and Societies
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.
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
36 credit points as per course structure
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion of the Master of Guidance and Counselling, graduates will be able to:
ED5859:03 Atypical Development
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
Select 12 credit points of subjects from List 1
ED5190:03 Introduction to Educational Research
ED5855:03 Behaviour Management
ED5880:03 Educational Leadership
ED5881:03 Leading for Change in Curriculum and Pedagogy
ED5911:03 Education for Sustainability
ED5912:03 Social Learning Perspectives for a Sustainable Future
ED5913:03 Communicating Sustainability and Climate Change
ED5914:03 Individual Researched Action Project
LB5514:03 Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution
LB5525:03 Conflict Analysis
LB5536:03 Ethics and Reflective Practice in Conflict Management and Resolution
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Some subjects are only available via mixed or intensive attendance mode.
Expected time to complete
18 months full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Further information about placements can be found at Coursework Enrolment Policy.
Students may be required to undertake placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled at their own expense.
Special assessment requirements
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
Students may apply for credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
18 credit points
Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 15 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.
Credit 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 credit 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.
MASTER OF GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING
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 fees are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.
A Student Services and Amenities Fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.
Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian, Swedish and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependents accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international students.