Course summary

The Graduate Diploma of Education is a one year diploma (full-time or part-time equivalent) that offers graduates of disciplines other than education a qualification to teach one subject in a secondary school.

Specialisation units are generally delivered by practising teachers who bring their first-hand teaching experience to the course. School-based, professional experience enables student teachers to put theory into practice as they observe and reflect on the dynamics of the classroom. This experience also enables students to become acquainted with the formal and informal aspects of what occurs in classroom and secondary schools.

All core education units can be studied by distance education, but students will be required to attend a two-day workshop at Lismore or Coffs Harbour in session one and session two.

The Graduate Diploma of Education is a one year diploma (full-time or part-time equivalent) that offers graduates of disciplines other than education a qualification to teach one subject in a secondary school.

Specialisation units are generally delivered by practising teachers who bring their first-hand teaching experience to the course. School-based, professional experience enables student teachers to put theory into practice as they observe and reflect on the dynamics of the classroom. This experience also enables students to become acquainted with the formal and informal aspects of what occurs in classroom and secondary schools.

All core education units can be studied by distance education, but students will be required to attend a two-day workshop at Lismore or Coffs Harbour in session one and session two.

Students study one of the following curriculum specialisations:

  • English (Lismore, Distance education*)
  • Human Society and its Environment (HSIE), which comprises modern history or geography, with the optional addition of ancient history, business studies, legal studies, economics, society and culture (Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Gold Coast)
  • Mathematics (Distance education)
  • Music (Lismore)
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) (Lismore)
  • Science (Distance education*)
  • Technology and Applied Studies (Distance education)
  • Visual Arts (Lismore).

* The English and Science specialisations each require attendance at a two-day Lismore workshop in session one and session two. Contact the School of Education if you have any further queries.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills which show a broad understanding of knowledge and depth

Analyse and appraise the relevant concepts, ideas and principles relating to educational practice

Identify and categorise appropriate data and information in relation to student performance

Creativity

Demonstrate an ability to develop creative and effective responses to intellectual, professional and social challenges

Demonstrate creativity, innovation and enterprise to design and implement effective teaching programs and strategies

Ethical practice

Demonstrate a knowledge of social responsibility, ethics and legal principles consistent with what is expected of an education professional working in a learning community and with students, parents and carers

Demonstrate an awareness of the need for student safety and support within professional frameworks

Demonstrate understanding of the need to implement policy requirements from a duty of care perspective

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate a broad, integrated knowledge and understanding of secondary teaching area disciplines

Apply e knowledge and skills relating to a specific discipline area to effectively achieve syllabus outcomes

Apply pedagogical principles and practice to ensure effective teaching and learning including assessment and reporting practices

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate skills in maintaining or advancing information and literacy skills to keep currency with pedagogical practice

Demonstrate a commitment to personal and professional development through self-directed learning and reflective practice

Communication and social skills

Communicate concisely and appropriately in oral and written form in professional educational settings

Communicate sensitively and appropriately with students within a professional framework

Demonstrate teamwork and leadership skills applicable in professional learning community settings

Cultural competence

Apply academic practices that are informed by cultural awareness and cultural competence, global perspectives, inclusivity and respect for the rights of all persons

Identify and apply proactive and inclusive strategies to encourage and support student engagement and behaviour including diverse groups of learners such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, migrants and students from non-English speaking backgrounds

Students complete a program of practical in-school teaching experiences throughout the course to demonstrate their independent and professional capabilities as secondary school teachers.

This course is approved by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards and is nationally recognised. Graduates of the course meet the qualification requirements for accreditation/registration as a teacher in schools across all Australian states and territories.

Usually, Australian teacher qualifications are recognised internationally, but students need to check with potential employers and teacher registration authorities in other countries regarding accreditation requirements.


Course overview

Course code

1151020

Course abbreviation

GradDipEd

Credit points

96

Equivalent units

8

Duration

1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

Duration

1 year full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Coffs Harbour Session 1 N/A N/A
Gold Coast Session 1 N/A N/A
Lismore Session 1 N/A N/A

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Gold Coast Session 1 $17,920 ($2,240 per unit) 078418G
Lismore Session 1 $17,920 ($2,240 per unit) 016191A

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

  1. To be eligible for the award of the Graduate Diploma of Education a candidate shall successfully complete not less than eight (8) units (96 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A;
    2. a two (2) unit sequence selected from Part B
  2. Permission to undertake a practicum will at all times be at the discretion of the Head of the School of Education

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Part A

EDU10710 - Learners, Teachers and Pedagogies Intermediate
EDU10711 - Effective Communication in the Classroom Intermediate
EDU10712 - Supporting Learners with Diverse Abilities Intermediate
EDU10713 - Curriculum, Assessment and New Media Advanced
EDU10714 - The Inclusive Classroom Intermediate
EDU10715 - Issues in Education Advanced

Part B

Note 1

Course progressions

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Title Level of learning Note
Please refer to the course enrolment guide available on the School of Education website (www.scu.edu.au/education) within the student information and downloads tab

Notes

Note 1: Sequential units in a curriculum specialisation are indicated by their naming; e.g. Curriculum Specialisation: Visual Arts I and Curriculum Specialisation: Visual Arts II.