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Graduate Diploma of Education (Commonwealth Supported) (Special & Inclusive Education)

Graduate Diploma of Education (Commonwealth Supported) (Special & Inclusive Education) (GDED)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • Online
  • -
  • 1 year or part-time equivalent
  • Feb, May


  • UniSQ’s Graduate Diploma of Education (Special and Inclusive Education) extends your specialist knowledge, experience and skills required to work within education settings facilitating the inclusion of all learners, particularly those with disabilities and additional learning needs.
  • Enhance your role in a range of specialised contexts applying contemporary, evidence-based pedagogies, whether supporting general education teachers to develop and implement individualised programs for students with diverse learning needs.
  • Study in the areas of positive behaviour support, autism, differentiation, learning difficulties, wellbeing, trauma, and Work Integrated Learning (WIL) within special and inclusive education contexts.
  • This specialisation does not qualify you for teacher registration in Queensland. You can qualify for teacher registration in Queensland with the Master of Learning and Teaching (Early Years), Master of Learning and Teaching (Primary) or Master of Learning and Teaching (Secondary).

Further study

Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Education (Special and Inclusive Education) will qualify you to apply for the Master of Education (Special and Inclusive Education).

Career outcomes

  • Upon graduation you will be well prepared to develop and implement individualised programs for students with diverse learning needs.
  • Career outcomes include opportunities within special and inclusive education in mainstream schools.
  • Career opportunities may also be pursued within the disability sector, training sector, human services and community-based government organisations.

Entry requirements

  • An Australian university bachelor degree, or equivalent, in an education-related discipline.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

  • Graduate Certificate of Education (Special and Inclusive Education)
  • Degree structure

    To complete this degree students must complete 8 units.

    Courses to be studied Units
    Coursework major pathways courses 2
    2 x postgraduate education approved courses 6
    Total 8

    Refer to the UniSQ Handbook for an example of courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

    Other specialisations

    Fees and scholarships

    Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

    Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

    Study Mode Cost
    Commonwealth supported

    The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

    AUD 4445
    Domestic full fee paying

    You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

    AUD 23600

    1 These are indicative annual fees for 2024. 

    Student services and amenities fees

    You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

    Loan to help you pay your fees

    You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

    You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.


    At UniSQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

    How to apply

    Complete your online application directly to UniSQ.


    You can select to start your study in Trimester 1 or 2.

    Study period  Application closing date Orientation  Study period start date Finish date
    Trimester 1, 2025  Monday 10 February Monday 3 February  Monday 10 February  Friday 9 May
    Trimester 2, 2025 Monday 26 May Monday 19 May Monday 26 May  Friday 22 August

    More information on applying key dates is available.

    Further information

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