This course is only available to Australian citizens or permanent residents, and New Zealand citizens

Overview

  • Ideal for teachers who want a qualification in school guidance and counselling.
  • Choose between two options. Option A is designed to provide eligibility for employment in a school setting from Prep to Year 12. Option B is suited for guidance and counselling in a secondary school as it also meets the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) professional standards.
  • Study basic counselling techniques, learn how to assess student problems and provide effective counselling of students.
  • Includes block units and a 200-hours practicum in school guidance and counselling.
  • Commonwealth Supported Places available for Australian citizens and permanent visa holders, and New Zealand citizens (subject to change).
QUT course code ED79
Attendance Part-time or Full-time
Note: There is no full-time mid-year entry for School Guidance and Counselling. Only part-time study is available for students applying to begin in Semester 2.
Course duration 1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Start month 2014 January, February, June, July
Note: School Guidance and Counselling students may have 'Block' units scheduled before the beginning of semester. Please see the School Guidance and Counselling course structure.
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
Faculty
  • Faculty of Education
Course contact Student Business Services (SBS) Admissions:
Careers
  • Guidance Officer

Details

If you are a teacher seeking a career change, Master of Education (School Guidance and Counselling) offers the opportunity to become a qualified and accredited school guidance counsellor. At QUT you can choose School Guidance and Counselling Option A or B. If you choose Option A, you will be eligible for employment in a school setting from Prep to Year 12. Option B is suited for guidance and counselling in a secondary school as it also meets the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) professional standards.

This study area will introduce you to basic counselling techniques and provide opportunities for you to learn how to assess student problems, effective counselling of students, and career development theory and its application on career development programs.

Option A offers the study unit Understanding Reading and Writing Difficulties, which will assist you to deepen your knowledge of the reading and writing processes and to develop your skills in identifying and supporting struggling readers and writers in inclusive educational settings as classroom teacher, special education support teacher, counsellor, or guidance officer.

Option B enables you to study Career Counselling where you will have the opportunity to gain experience in the application of traditional and emerging career counselling processes, and to contribute to innovation in supporting the role of career counselling in a new career guidance context of career self-management.

Real world learning

This program includes block units and a 200-hour school guidance and counselling practicum. The block units are usually held before semester begins and require your compulsory attendance on campus for one-week blocks of intensive study, during Queensland’s school holidays. The practicum will provide you with professional knowledge and skills in the practice of school guidance and counselling and an awareness of ethical guidelines. One hundred hours of the practicum must be undertaken within a school setting, usually in a primary school, high school or special education facilities. The remaining 100 hours may be undertaken in any approved setting. This could be in a school or community agency such as Lifeline or refugee homework centres.

Career outcomes

You will be prepared for careers such as school guidance and counsellor in a school setting.

Professional recognition

The study area is 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. Option B enables School Guidance and Counselling graduates to meet Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) professional standards (valid until 2014).

Blue card

Student teachers must be issued with a blue card prior to having contact with children. You must apply for a blue card as soon as you are accepted into the course to allow sufficient time (up to 12 weeks) for it to be issued.

Units

Download course structures and unit outlines for Master of Education (School Guidance and Counselling)

In the School Guidance and Counselling study area you are required to complete eight (8) School Guidance and Counselling study area core units (96 credit points). Please be advised that there are a number of one week block units that are held at the QUT Kelvin Grove campus during the Queensland school holidays.

School Guidance and Counselling ‘Option A - General’ will enable you to be eligible for employment from P-12. ‘Option B - Career’ is mainly for guidance and counselling in a secondary school as it also meets the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) professional standards:

OPTION A (General):

  • EDN610 Professional Dialogues in Education
  • LCN618 Advanced Educational Counselling
  • LCN619 Educational Guidance and Counselling: Professional Practice
  • LCN620 Psychoeducational Assessment
  • LCN621 Career Development and Professional Practice
  • LCN632 Understanding Reading and Writing Difficulties
  • LCN633 School Guidance and Counselling Practicum
  • LCN636 Introductory Educational Counselling.

OPTION B (Career):

  • LCN618 Advanced Educational Counselling
  • LCN619 Educational Guidance and Counselling: Professional Practice
  • LCN620 Psychoeducational Assessment
  • LCN621 Career Development and Professional Practice
  • LCN622 Career Counselling
  • LCN633 School Guidance and Counselling Practicum
  • LCN636 Introductory Educational Counselling
  • LCN637 Career Development: Policy and Process Context.

There is a recommended plan for your progression through the course (below). As there are prerequisites and concurrent requisites involved, you will need to take great care when selecting your units.

You are permitted to enrol in a minimum of one (1) unit per semester.

Entry requirements

  • Current teacher registration;
  • A completed recognised 4 year Bachelor Degree (or higher award) in Education;  or
  • A completed recognised 3 year Bachelor Degree plus 1 year professional work experience, in Education

Closing dates

You should submit your application as soon as possible and by no later than the relevant closing date:

  • January start:  30 November
  • February start: 31 January
  • June start: 14 June
  • July start: 30 June

Should your application be received at QUT after the relevant closing date it will not guaranteed to be processed and may be held for the next available start month.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

2014: CSP $3,100 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You'll need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

More information on the SSAF

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

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

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Scholarships and financial support

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

These scholarships are available for this course:

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments

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How to apply for Master of Education (School Guidance and Counselling)

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  4. Checked course costs and if you're eligible for financial support
  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
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