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Graduate Certificate of Education

Graduate Certificate of Education (GCEF)

Study mode
  • On-campus
  • Online
  • Toowoomba
  • 0.5 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Feb, May


  • 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; and career development.
  • 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 with the Doctor of Philosophy.
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What will I learn in a Graduate Certificate of Education?

What you will learn during your Graduate Certificate in Education studies will vary depending on the education provider you choose to study with and what specialisation you choose to pursue.

At UniSQ our Graduate Certificate of Education degrees are part of the Education and Teaching study area and include courses such as consultation and communication, counselling in educational settings and learning difficulties.

You can choose from the following specialisations:

Why study a Graduate Certificate of Education?

Do you want a career change or advance in your current role? Discover advancements in education while addressing real issues through independent workplace professional development.

By studying a Graduate Certificate of Education you will enhance your key transferrable skills such as communication, planning, leadership and teaching, opening up career opportunities in a variety of sectors and fields.

UniSQ’s Graduate Certificate of Education online allows you to fit study into your life – from anywhere around the world. As an online student, you’ll receive the same level of support as an on-campus student. The only difference is you’re in control of when, where and how you learn.   

What can you do with a Graduate Certificate of Education?

A Graduate Certificate of Education qualification can lead to fulfilling careers in: 

  • schools, TAFE and universities
  • government and private sectors
  • disability services
  • training
  • human resources. 

Depending on the specialisation you choose career opportunities for Graduate of Certificate of Education graduates may include:

  • career counsellor
  • career development practitioner
  • career educator
  • disability support officer
  • employment counsellor
  • guidance officer
  • guidance counsellor
  • school counsellor
  • work-integrated learning coordinator.

If you want to enhance your knowledge in your chosen specialisation, use your Graduate Certificate in Education as a stepping-stone to study a Graduate Diploma of Education or Master of Education.  

How long does a Graduate Certificate of Education take?
At UniSQ a Graduate Certificate in Education online will take you approximately 6 months to complete. Some students choose to study part-time which increases the time it takes to complete the required courses. 
How do I choose the right major for me?

The Graduate Certificate of Education major that’s right for you will vary depending on your interests and goals. At UniSQ we have three different majors to choose from.

  • Career Development - ideal for those who support the career planning and development of students, clients and organisations.
  • Counselling in Educational Contexts - extend your teaching expertise by understanding key issues faced by students and how you can support them.
  • Special & Inclusive Education- Gain the skills and knowledge needed to foster inclusive learning, particularly for those with disabilities and additional learning needs.
What are the requirements for studying a Graduate Certificate of Education in Australia?

The entry requirements to study a Graduate Certificate of Education will vary depending on the education provider you choose.

At UniSQ you need to have completed a 3-year bachelor's degree from an Australian university or equivalent.

For further information please view the entry requirements section of this page.

Why study a Graduate Certificate of Education with UniSQ?
  • The Graduate Certificate of Education (Career Development) 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.
  • Become an associate membership of the Queensland Guidance and Counselling Association (QGCA) with UniSQ’s Graduate Certificate of Education (Counselling in Educational Contexts).
  • UniSQ's expert lecturers model the latest teaching approaches ensuring maximum support for online learning.