Highlights

  • ideal for current teachers seeking a qualification in school guidance and counselling
  • leads to employment in a school setting from Prep to Year 12
  • equips graduates to lead a comprehensive student support and wellbeing agenda in a school
  • Commonwealth Supported Places available for Australian citizens and permanent visa holders, and New Zealand citizens (subject to change).

Highlights

  • ideal for current teachers seeking a qualification in school guidance and counselling
  • leads to employment in a school setting from Prep to Year 12
  • equips graduates to lead a comprehensive student support and wellbeing agenda in a school
  • Commonwealth Supported Places available for Australian citizens and permanent visa holders, and New Zealand citizens (subject to change).

Why choose this course?

The Master of Education (School Guidance and Counselling) provides registered teachers with the knowledge, skills and required qualification to become a school guidance officer or school guidance counsellor in schools from Prep to Year 12.

Guidance officers require a diverse range of skills and knowledge and an ability to form strong and productive relationships with key stakeholders and to develop and implement programs that are responsive to the needs of students and schools.

Real-world learning

Learn today, use tomorrow with our real-world courses. QUT works closely with education partners to ensure the quality and relevance of this course.  We have consulted with government, catholic and independent education departments, the Queensland Guidance and Counselling Association, and the Career Industry Council of Australia. 

Learn from the best

Our teachers have worked as guidance officers, guidance counsellors or in leadership roles in schools. You’ll benefit from the real-world experience they are able to share. The course is backed by QUT’s evidence-based research programs working to develop solutions to current and emerging issues in education.

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What to expect

The course is designed to build on your existing knowledge and professional experience to deepen your understanding school guidance and counselling theory, research and practice. 

Flexible delivery

You may study the course full-time or part-time. Most units in the School Guidance and Counselling study area are offered in the internal and online/external mode, with all study materials available online. This program also includes block units, which are usually held before semester begins and require your compulsory attendance on campus for one-week of intensive study, during Queensland school holidays.

Assessment items or practicum

This course includes a practicum unit to provide the opportunity for you to apply your learnings under the supervision of guidance practitioners in schools.

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

Guidance officers or guidance counsellors provide an array of specialised services to school communities. They lead and implement a comprehensive student support and wellbeing agenda within schools by working with students, school personnel, families and child/adolescent support specialists and organisations.  Their work can include:

  • counselling for educational, behavioural, vocational, personal, social, family, and mental health and wellbeing issues
  • psychoeducational assessment
  • leading verification and education adjustment processes to support students with identified impairments
  • career development and advice for students
  • student case management
  • leadership and support in responding to complex and challenging circumstances including student protection matters, critical incidents, mental health issues, and suicide prevention and postvention support.

Professional recognition

The Master of Education (School Guidance and Counselling) is approved by the Australian Counselling Association. Graduates are eligible to join the Australian Counselling Association.

The study area is also recognised by Education Queensland, Catholic Education, and Independent Schools as a guidance officer qualification in Queensland schools. Please consult other states’ registering authorities if you are seeking employment outside of Queensland.

Early exit

You can exit the course with a Graduate Certificate in Education following completion of any four masters units.

Details and units

Requirements

Course code
EU73
Delivery
  • Kelvin Grove
Duration
1.5 years full-time
3 years part-time
Entry
January and June
Entry
  • A recognised bachelor degree (or higher qualification) in teaching or education; plus
  • Current Australian teacher registration.

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
6.5 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
79 16 16 21 18

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2021 fees

2021: CSP $1,900 per year full-time (48 credit points) (Subject to the passing of legislation)

2021 fees

2021: $14,900 per year full-time (48 credit points)

Student services and amenities fees

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

Find out more about postgraduate course fees

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay for your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

Find out more about government loans

Scholarships

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

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