Education short courses

Course Description
Collaborative designing: transforming school learning spaces Take a collaborative approach to education learning spaces. This course will focus on evaluating and redesigning learning spaces.
Creating apps in the classroom Learn to create education apps to support learning activities in your classroom.
Design Lab: Activating learning in the new QCE (Queensland Certificate of Education) Explore new approaches to pedagogy, formative assessment, feedback, and progress tracking in the new QCE.
Developing children’s oral language in early childhood settings Learn how to support children’s oral language development in early childhood education settings.
Differentiation for diverse students Develop your understanding of differentiation, and learn and practice strategies for implementing differentiation in primary and secondary classrooms.
Entrepreneurial thinking for school leaders This one-day, interactive workshop is designed to prepare and inspire school leaders for the future.
Keeping in the profession: self-care for teachers Develop a deeper understanding of how job-related stress can affect your personal life and overall well-being, and how self-care can help.
Mentoring beginning teachers Learn how to become a better mentor by sharing your practice, providing support and feedback, and modelling effective teaching practice.
TESOL Academic Program A practical two-week professional development program and immersion experience for academics who teach English in universities.
Teaching entrepreneurial thinking Learn how to effectively teach entrepreneurial thinking through a practical problem definition and validation framework with this online course.
Teaching students who have suffered complex trauma This online course is designed for teaching staff and education leaders who want to improve their professional practice.

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Single-unit study

You can study individual units for personal or professional development without having to apply for a full QUT course.

If you successfully complete a unit, you may be eligible for credit if you decide to apply for a degree course in the future.

Units anyone can study

These units don’t have any requirements for previous study or background knowledge.

But if your previous studies were not in English, or were completed in a country where English is not the first language, you will need to demonstrate that you meet our English proficiency requirements when you apply.


  • DYB124 Design Consequences

    Design Consequences is a foundational unit employing historical, theoretical, and applied methods to explore the ways in which design influences and is influenced by cultural traditions and practices, beliefs and biases. Working across the chronological frames of past, present and future, you will learn how to critically engage with and draw upon these cultural factors and influences to shape and define your design work and practice.

Early childhood & inclusive education

  • EAB361 Storytelling in Early Childhood

    A major consideration for teaching in early childhood education is to provide children with rich experiences of 'storying'. This unit introduces you to the following: the value of storytelling with young children; the selection of appropriate children's literature suitable for storytelling; various storytelling strategies in terms of their impact on a young audience; the use of appropriate props for storytelling; ways of integrating storytelling across the curriculum.

  • EAB510 Early Childhood English, Literacies and Language 1

    This unit provides foundation understandings, skills and processes for studying English and literacies in either Primary English Curriculum Studies 1 and 2 (Primary students) or Early Childhood English, literacies and language 2 and 3 (Early Childhood students). The unit focuses on (i) theories of literacies for current times; (ii) children's literature; (iii) language acquisition; (iv) diversity, social justice and how language and texts work; and (v) English and literacy policy in EC and primary education contexts.

  • EAB511 Early Childhood Contemporary and Comparative Perspectives

    This is a foundation unit in which you will explore a range of contemporary and comparative perspectives on the care and education of young children in differing socio-cultural contexts, in Australia and other countries. Linking past to present, you will examine the evolution of key philosophies, theories and approaches in early childhood education and care (ECEC), and consider their influence on contemporary policy, curriculum and practice. The unit encourages you to reflect critically on ways of thinking about children, childhood, development and learning and ECEC and to begin to formulate a personal philosophy of ECEC.

  • EAB512 Child Health, Safety, Wellbeing and Movement Education

    This unit provides foundation understandings, skills and processes for understanding Child Health, Wellbeing, Safety and movement as they impact upon working with children, and as they relate to the learning area Health and Physical Education. The unit focuses on food, nutrition and wellness principles and policies for early childhood education settings; management of health and wellness components within early childhood settings; and planning early childhood health and wellness education.

  • EAB513 Partnerships with Families and Communities

    This is a foundation unit in which you explore theory, research, policy and practice in relation to contemporary children, their families and communities in Australia. This unit encourages you to reflect critically on ways of thinking about children, families and communities, and to consider ways to promote respectful, collaborative partnerships with children, families and communities in diverse socio-cultural contexts.

  • EAB516 Research in Early Childhood

    This unit will help you to understand contemporary research in early childhood. Early childhood research is a dynamic and interdisciplinary field of investigation in which important questions about children and early childhood education and care can be addressed.

  • EAB530 Arts Curriculum Studies 1: Visual and Media Arts

    This unit is a foundational Arts unit examining the basic elements and concepts relevant to the Visual and Media arts in particular. The unit provides opportunities for practical exploration of these art forms, and introduces relevant arts pedagogies that emphasise the role of the arts in society and in the care and education of children from birth to 12 years of age.

  • EAB531 Early Childhood Science Education

    This unit develops your understanding of early childhood science education for children from birth to eight years of age. It develops knowledge, skills and dispositions that will enable you to apply these understandings to effective inquiry-based science teaching and learning in early childhood centres and the early years of school.

  • EAB532 Early Childhood Mathematics Education 1

    In this unit, you will develop an understanding of the contemporary context of Early Childhood Mathematics Education (ECME) and be introduced to mathematical content knowledge and the pedagogical practices associated with Number and Algebra. Through your participation in this unit and the proceeding EAB533 Early Childhood Mathematics Education 2 unit, you will develop conceptual and pedagogical knowledge of early years mathematics teaching and learning.


  • EDB112 ICT in Early Childhood and Primary Education

    This unit is at the introductory stage of your course and provides the foundations for the application of information and communication technologies (ICT) in curriculum and pedagogy. It addresses the knowledge and application of ICT in both early childhood and primary education contexts. It further shows how children can benefit from opportunities to explore their world using technologies to develop confidence in using digital media.

  • LCB002 Child and Adolescent Development and Learning

    This unit develops your knowledge of child development and learning. It is aimed at developing an understanding of both in relation to the Primary and Secondary school contexts. This unit links the theoretical base of child development and learning to the practical application of both to teaching. This unit requires you to participate in all the related topics and to support your fellow students in presenting these topics for assessment and discussion. This subject will serve as a basis for future work in EDB170 Creating Positive Learning Environments.

  • LCB003 Education and Society 1

    Education and Society 1 begins the process of introducing students to the complex relationship between our education system, and the social and cultural contexts from which it emerges.  Students will use socio-cultural theory to better understand those they will come to teach, as well as how their pupils' diverse backgrounds shape their experiences with the modern school often in very different ways. This introductory unit challenges students in the early stages of their course to develop a sound fundamental knowledge of such factors as socio-economic circumstances, gender and ethnicity, contemporary culture, and social governance, and their various impacts upon education, so that they may respond to these issues in an informed, ethical and professional manner.

  • LCB005 Inclusive Education

    This unit introduces fundamental concepts underpinning inclusive education. It develops your knowledge and application of evidence-based strategies in inclusive learning environments. The learning in this unit will develop your understanding of the historical, philosophical and theoretical background of inclusion. You will also develop scholarly knowledge of teaching learners including those with disabilities, gifts and talents, diverse linguistic needs and diverse cultural backgrounds.

  • LCB320 Studies in Language

    This unit addresses the following topics: the language basis in current approaches to the teaching of English; nature and function of language; the dynamics involved inclassroom interaction; the educational implications of linguistic diversity within the community; sociocultural variables, including gender and class, and their impact on language use; an introduction to traditional and functional grammar.

  • LCB323 Teaching Young Adult Literature

    This unit complements and extends the study of literature in the English Curriculum units. It addresses similar aspects of literary study but applies these elements to literature specifically intended for adolescents and young adults. The unit addresses the following topics essential to the professional development of secondary English teachers: scope and nature of Young Adult literature; strategies for evaluation and selection; recent research into adolescents'/teenagers' reading needs, interests and responses; using young adult texts in the curriculum.

  • LCB325 Gender and Sexuality Issues for Teachers

    This unit addresses the following topics: gender and sexualities in cultural and school contexts; historical overview of gender relations; theoretical frameworks for gender and current debates in Australia about gender and equity; femininity and masculinity as social constructs; sexuality and the body; violence and gender; debates about boys' behaviour and performance in Australian schools.

  • LCB326 Children's Literature

    This unit provides students with the opportunity to extend their knowledge of children's literature written by both Australian and overseas writers. It examines traditional and emerging genres, develops critical approaches to texts, and considers ways of using children's literature in the classroom.

  • LCB327 The Global Teacher

    This unit enhances the skills of educators to design curriculum and pedagogy in ways that address global citizenship and educational and human rights.

  • LCB329 Movies and Popular Culture

    This unit aims to equip students with an understanding of key concepts in socio-cultural theory and to increase their knowledge of the corpus of fictional film and television narrative. It also aims to provide students with the tools to critically analyse the way in which fictional film and television as cultural products, both perpetuate and help to shape ways of thinking and acting in the social and physical world and in institutions such as schools.

  • LCB344 Differentiation for Gifted Children

    This unit develops your knowledge about differentiation for gifted students and their education. You will develop skills for identifying, planning and implementing a challenging, appropriate and inclusive curriculum and learning environment. The unit focuses on the diversity of learners who are gifted, their unique characteristics and needs, and curriculum planning to meet their needs and support students to reach their full potential.

Teacher education & leadership

  • CRB002 Science in Primary Education

    This introductory primary science unit focuses on developing your science content knowledge for teaching primary science, particularly in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics and earth and space sciences. Skills and knowledge specific to primary science will be developed through a context-based approach. The unit develops a foundation for CRB010 Primary Science Curriculum Studies and introduces you to content and pedagogy required for initial practical teaching experiences.

  • CRB011 Teaching Technologies

    Technology involves envisioning and developing products to meet human needs and wants, capitalise on opportunities and extend human capabilities. This unit focuses on the products of technology including artefacts, processes, systems, services and environments. These products make up the designed world.

  • CRB013 ICT in Secondary Education

    This unit develops the theoretical and practical approaches to using information and communication technologies (ICT) in the secondary classroom.  It focuses on you individually and collaboratively participating in open-ended activities that require you to apply problem-solving strategies within the lecturer/tutor led activities.

  • CRB103 Interpreting the Past

    For the purposes of this unit, 'history' will be taken to mean a set of practices developed by professional historians to produce knowledge about the past. The study of these practices promotes understandings of how historians set about their work, the rules that govern their methods, the reliability of historical knowledge and the value of history socially and culturally.

  • CRB106 China since the Qin Dynasty

    The unit provides students with the knowledge of how China, formerly a Dynastic Empire, was disempowered by Western Imperialism, only to obtain independence through the governmental embrace of Communism. The role of powerful individuals in determining China's destiny, and an understanding of how the country's fortunes changed over time are additional features of the content.

  • CRB107 The Classical World

    The aim of this unit is to endeavour to explain/understand particular societies and their transition in the Classical World, by focusing attention on selected periods, aspects and individuals pertaining to ancient Greece and Rome.

  • CRB108 Nations and Nationalism in Modern Europe

    This unit will develop an understanding of matters pertinent to the evolution of nationalism in Europe in the modern era. This will include the influence of social movements and cultural and economic issues.

  • CRB109 World Regions

    This unit offers an introductory geographical overview of global regions. This is an excellent basis from which to develop an understanding of complex interrelationships between regions and nations. The integrated knowledge gained is of current and practical value to professionals in many fields requiring a knowledge of international affairs including teachers, planners, journalists, business managers, travellers and people in general.

  • CRB112 Asia in Focus

    Australia's interaction with Asia, including our most populous nearest neighbour, Indonesia, continues to increase in significance. This unit examines aspects of Asian geography, environment, society and culture, in a contemporary framework.

  • CRB113 Australian Geographical Studies

    Australia faces challenging problems and changes in relation to its changing population, socio-economic development and environmental sustainability. Many of these problems, relating to land-use and settlement patterns, migration trends, resource and hazard distribution, regional socio-economic structure, remoteness and accessibility etc, have a geographical basis. The aim is to describe and analyse, Australia's natural and social landscapes, their interaction, and the changes occurring in them from a geographical perspective.

  • CRB115 Medieval Europe and the World

    This unit traces in broad outline the evolution of Europe from the barbarian invasions of the fifth century, through the Carolingian period and the Crusades, to the centuries usually defined as the High Middle Ages. On a thematic level, the unit selectively examines topics concerned with political, religious and intellectual developments, along with the cultural history of Medieval Europe. The students will develop an understanding of how events and forces have contributed to societal, political and cultural change in Europe in Medieval times.

  • CRB116 The Classical World 2

    The unit explores the emergence of the civilizations of Egypt, the Near East and India, and introduces some of the key cultural, social, political, economic and intellectual developments across the first millennia of recorded history in this region. CRB116 is a core discipline unit in the History major in ED59 Bachelor of Education (Secondary).

  • CRB250 Australian Society and Culture

    Australian Society and Culture combines literary and cultural studies, political analysis and history. It provides a context through which students can acquire knowledge about Australian institutions and traditions, particularly since 1901.

Units you need background knowledge to study

These units have requirements for previous study or background knowledge. Check the unit’s previous study requirements for details. If you have any questions, contact the unit coordinator for the semester you want to study.

If your previous studies were not in English, or were completed in a country where English is not the first language, you will also need to demonstrate that you meet our English proficiency requirements when you apply.

Early childhood & inclusive education

  • EAN603 Child Development in Context

    The aim of the unit is to foster critical understanding of current developmental theory, the conduct of developmental research and the application of research findings to practice in early childhood education and other fields in which professionals work with children and families.


  • EDN610 Professional Dialogues in Education

    This unit aims to develop understanding of what it means to be an innovator and a leader in a contemporary professional context. The unit is underpinned by the notion that innovation means being more critical, being open, being able to engage with greater uncertainty and complexity, and being able to learn from the past and from a broad range of contemporary ideas in order to manage the future.

  • LCN624 Leading and Managing People

    This unit enhances the understandings and capabilities of leaders and aspiring leaders to manage their organisation's human resources in rapidly changing and challenging contexts.

  • LCN631 Strategic Management

    There are increasing demands from statuary bodies and other stakeholders for all organizations, whether schools, educational institutions, voluntary organizations, businesses or government departments, to be effective, efficient and transparently responsible. This unit will draw on systems theory to analyse the processes educational organisations and other organisational settings use to manage their strategic intent and to harness both continuous and discontinuous innovation.

  • LCN632 Understanding Reading and Writing Difficulties

    This unit provides you with opportunities to deepen your knowledge about the teaching of reading and writing, with a focus on students who experience difficulties with these complex tasks. Content relates to the components considered critical to reading and writing success, with recognition of classroom-based assessment practices and recommended instructional practices for readers and writers experiencing difficulties.

Teacher education & leadership

  • EDN611 Conducting and Evaluating Educational Research

    The unit focuses on developing expertise to to seek research knowledge that addresses specific problems or issues in your practice. It assists you to search databases and other sources to locate published research reports in your field and evaluate them critically.