Course Details

Course Code ED25
Level Postgraduate
QTAC Code 091811
Duration 1F
Entry Requirements This course is not available for entry after 2017
Assumed Knowledge N/A
Mode On Campus
Credit Points 100
Starting Semesters N/A
Overseas Students  This course is not available for entry after 2017
CRICOS Code 073745K

General Information

The Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) is a one-year course (full time equivalent).

The Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) will cease at the end of 2018.

The course provides initial teacher education for people who possess a previous Bachelor degree who wish to work in secondary (Years 7-12) classroom settings. The course contains three strands: Education Studies, Curriculum Studies, and Professional Experiences.

Students’ previous Bachelor degrees must include completed majors of at least six semester units in each of two teaching areas, or at least eight semester units in one teaching area and at least four semester units in a second teaching area.

Teaching areas are:

  • Accounting; Art; Biology; Business Studies; Chemistry; Computing; Dance; Drama; Economics; English; Film and Television; Geography; Graphics; Health and Physical Education; Health Education; History; Hospitality; Information and Communication Technology; Information Processing and Technology; Legal Studies; Languages Other Than English (LOTE); Mathematics; Music (Classroom); Music (Instrumental); Physical Education; Physics; Science; Study of Religion; Technology Studies; Visual Arts.

Course Accreditation

The Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) is:

  • accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and appears in the list of accredited CHC courses on the National Register of Higher Education Providers.
  • accredited by the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) and the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) as meeting the qualification requirement for registration as a teacher in all states and territories of Australia, and appears on the AITSL Accredited Programs List.
  • approved for offering to overseas students and appears on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
  • approved for HECS-HELP, Youth Allowance/Abstudy and Austudy (personal eligibility requirements apply).

 Career Outcomes

  • Teacher – Secondary (Years 7-12).

English language requirements

English language requirements apply to all domestic and overseas applicants for whom English is not their first language. The minimum English language requirements for entry to the Bachelor of Education (Primary) are as follows:

  • A minimum overall band score of 7.5 in IELTS (Academic) with a score of at least 8.0 for Listening and Speaking and a score of at least 7.0 for Reading and Writing;


  • a score of at least 4 in each of the areas of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing in the ISLPR. The ISLPR test will only be accepted if it has been administered by Migrant Projects, TESOL Unit, Queensland University of Technology or by ISLPR Language Services, Mt Gravatt, Queensland.

English test results must be no more than two years old.

The English language proficiency requirements as stated above will apply to all domestic and overseas applicants who do not have English as a first language with the exception of those students who are admitted via the following English admission pathway:

  • Satisfactory completion within the past five years (from Canada [excluding Quebec], New Zealand, Australia, Republic of Ireland, United States or United Kingdom) of senior secondary or accredited higher education sector studies of at least two years (full-time equivalent).

The Queensland College of Teachers requires graduating teachers to have evidence of English language requirements as stated above to demonstrate their English language proficiency prior to registration.

Course Structure

The tables below indicates the credit point structure for the Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) and is indicative of a full time load over one year or two semesters, where 10 credit points (CP) is equivalent to one unit.

In planning their courses, students must consult their School Handbooks for information regarding course rules and requirements.

Area of Study Credit points (CP)
Education Studies 30CP
Professional Experience 20CP
Curriculum Studies 50CP

Semester One


Unit Summary Sample Unit Outline
ES402 Worldview Studies for Christian Education Download
ES403 Educational Psychology: Teaching for Learning Download
CR401 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Teaching Area A Download
CR403 Curriculum Philosophy and Pedagogy for the Senior Years Download
PE401 Learning about Teaching: Planning for Learning, Secondary 7-12 (GradDipEd) Download


Semester Two


Unit Summary Sample Unit Outline
ES462 Educational Contexts: Schools and Learners in the Secondary Areas Download
CR402 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Teaching Area B Download
CR404 Curriculum and Planning in the Middle Phase Download
CR405 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Technologies Download
PE402 Teaching for the Needs of Learners, Secondary 7-12 (GradDipEd) Download

Professional Experience Program

The Professional Experience Program (PEP) in the Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) is a school-based program that provides for the number of days of supervised experience required by the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) for registration.

The Professional Experience Program consists of 55 days of practicum, as follows:

  • one block of five days of orientation to schools; and
  • two PEP blocks, one of four weeks and one of six weeks, both with a full day of orientation prior to the block.

Students undertake their Professional Experience Program placements in a range of schools with which CHC has established partnerships over many years. These are predominantly Christian schools in south-east Queensland.

In addition, students in the Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) are required to undertake 20 days of Wider Field Experiences (WFE), which consist of:

  • five days of professional development activities, including Evidence Folio presentation and review;
  • eleven days embedded and assessed in a number of units; and
  • four days of engaging with the wider community in a volunteer capacity.

Students are required to hold a valid Blue Card in order to engage in the Professional Experience Program.