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


Early graduation options

You may be able to graduate sooner with:

  • Ideal for teachers who want a qualification in school guidance and counselling.
  • It is designed to provide eligibility for employment in a school setting from Prep to Year 12.
  • 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 EU70
Attendance Full-time or Part-time
Course duration 1.5 years full-time
3 years part-time
Start month 2018 & 2019 January, February, June, July
Delivery External
  • Online
Note: Some units will be delivered in block mode with a compulsory on-campus component.
  • Faculty of Education
Course contact


If you are a teacher seeking a career change, the Master of Education (School Guidance and Counselling - General) offers the opportunity to become a school guidance counsellor. You will be eligible for employment in a school setting from Prep to Year 12.

Why choose this course?

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.

Flexible delivery

You can choose to study externally, either part time or full time. All the lectures are recorded and study materials are available online. You can access these resources at any time to help you fit study into your lifestyle.

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 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

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

Professional recognition

The Master of Education (School Guidance and Counselling) is accredited with 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.

Advanced standing

On entry, you will be assessed for advanced standing (credit) for 48 credit points (4 units) based on a completed Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 8 or higher qualification in Education (An Honours year with a research component, graduate certificate, graduate diploma or higher), regardless of the age of the qualification. You do not need to apply for this credit.

Depending on your study area, you can receive up to 50 per cent advanced standing from masters or higher study completed in another program. Prior study must be current. Study over 10 years old is not normally considered. If you are applying for advanced standing for specific units, you will need to provide detailed unit/subject outlines from your previous study. These outlines must include learning outcomes, learning content, and assessment including word lengths. No advanced standing can be granted for undergraduate study, or postgraduate study at a lower level than masters.

You can also apply for advanced standing based on work or industry experience. Advanced standing is not able to be awarded for normal teaching experience. If you are responsible for an original academic work, such as creating a course and/or curriculum, or have published any original research, then you may be eligible for advanced standing for work or industry experience. The original academic work must be in excess of 5000 words.

If you intend to apply for advanced standing for prior study you can view more information and find out how to apply.

Early exit

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

Blue card

You may require current authorisation to work with children as applicable to the State in which you will be doing field experience and site visits. You may need either a Blue Card, if you are not a registered teacher, or an Exemption Card.

Teachers registered with the Queensland College of Teachers do not require a Blue Card or an Exemption Card when teaching at school or boarding school. However, they may require an Exemption Card if providing other child-related regulated services. Teachers registered in other states or countries, and students without Teachers Registration will need to apply for the appropriate card.

This authorisation must be obtained before you can undertake your practicum or professional experience units, or you may be withdrawn from the relevant unit and incur both academic and financial penalties.


Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

Master of Education - 1 .5 year program

A completed recognised bachelor degree (or higher award) in education

Master of Education - 1 year program

A completed recognised honours degree in the field of education; or

A postgraduate degree (graduate certificate, graduate diploma or masters or higher) in the field of education.

Additional entry requirement

Current teacher registration.

Please note: you do not need to apply for the 1 year program as you will be automatically assessed for eligibility as part of QUT's application for admission process.

Limited places

There are limited Commonwealth Supported places in this course. Places are likely to fill early so you are encouraged to apply for this course as soon as possible to secure a place.

Closing dates

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

  • January start: 14 December

  • February start: 31 January

  • June start: 14 June

  • July start: 30 June

Course fees

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

2019: CSP $6,600 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

2018: CSP $6,600 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

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

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.

Find out if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan

Scholarships and financial support

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

View all postgraduate scholarships

You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


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

You apply directly to QUT for all our postgraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you have:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for. You can apply for up to 3.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked course costs and if you're eligible for financial support
  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  6. Collected supporting documents (see application form)

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Application for postgraduate course admission form (PDF file, 234.35 KB)


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