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MEdSt Guidance and Counselling

Catalog id : 5171
 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
1.5 Years
 Start month
March

 Tuition fee

International
25200 AUD
National
19400 AUD

Application fee

International 100 AUD
National 100 AUD
Department
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)87
TOEFL-PBT (min)570

About this course

This program provides advanced professionally oriented studies for practising educators, focusing on the professional development needs and in-service requirements of teachers and administrators. Some pathways offer specific qualifications while others offer significant professional advantage to educators interested in career advancement or broadening career options. 

NOTE that students wishing to undertake a second field with the Guidance and Counselling field must discuss their plans with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences or the School of Education.

This field provides the knowledge, understanding and skills that are essential for today's professional guidance counsellors. This specially designed program of study allows students to develop competencies as professional guidance counsellors for employment in schools, TAFE colleges, agencies, or as private practitioners. The program focuses on:

  • developing counselling competencies
  • understanding career development and education across the life-span
  • linking assessment practices to instructional interventions
  • understanding ethical behaviour and practices
  • developing comprehensive guidance programs
  • participating in a guidance and counselling practicum placement.

Domestic students enrolled in the MEdSt(Guidance and Counselling) may be eligible for income support and should contact Centrelink.

Employment opportunities:

Guidance Counsellor within Schools, TAFE Colleges, Community Agencies, Private Practice. A Master of Educational Studies (Guidance and Counselling) or its equivalent is the minimal standard required by Education Queensland and the independent system for teachers who are seeking to be employed as school counsellors (guidance officers). This program is accredited by the Queensland Guidance and Counselling Association, the professional association for school counsellors.

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Eligibility Criteria

Academic Requirement:

 For Australian students:

  • Approved degree in the same discipline with a GPA of 4; or 
  • Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in the same discipline, with a GPA of 4.

 For International students:

  • Approved degree in the same discipline with a GPA of 4; or 
  • Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in the same discipline, with a GPA of 4.
  • IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6.Study Abroad and Incoming Exchange students are only required to meet the overall score (eg 6.5 IELTS or 87 TOEFL or 64 PTE( Pearson Test of English )).
  • TOEFL (Paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language): 570 (5.0 in TWE (written), and 54 in reading & listening)

English language requirement:

  • IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. 
  • Study Abroad and Incoming Exchange students are only required to meet the overall score (eg 6 IELTS or 87 TOEFL or 64 PTE( Pearson Test of English )).
  • TOEFL (Paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language): 570 (5.0 in TWE (written), and 54 in reading & listening).

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Course Modules

      Course Code Course Title       

      Part A:

  • EDUC7111 Globalisation, Educational Policy and Change
  • EDUC7112 Teachers as Leaders and Innovators
  • EDUC7211 Educational Inquiry and Research: Evidence for Policies and Practices
  • EDUC7212 Educational Research Methods

      Part B:

      Behaviour Management:

  • EDUC7000 Dilemmas of Development: Risks of Youth
  • EDUC7001 On the Edge: Identifying and Assisting Students at Risk
  • EDUC7002 Behavioural Support in Schools: Managing Student Behaviour
  • EDUC7230 Working with Students with Challenging Behaviours

      Career Development:

  • EDUC7008 Counselling in Professional Contexts: Helping Groups and Individuals
  • EDUC7009 Career Guidance: Counselling for Life Planning
  • EDUC7051 Career Counselling: Narrative Approaches
  • EDUC7052 Career Development In Practice: Constructing Careers

      Curriculum:

  • EDUC7014 Creating classrooms of the future with digital technologies across learning areas
  • EDUC7113 Multiliteracies and Numeracy Across Learning Areas
  • EDUC7114 Cross-curricular Perspectives
  • EDUC7039 MYS Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • EDUC7115 English Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
  • EDUC7116 Science Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
  • EDUC7302 Mathematics Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment

      Guidance and Counselling*:

  • *This field is only available for GDipEdSt and MEdSt students 
  • EDUC7007 Tasks & Tests: Individual Assessment
  • EDUC7008 Counselling in Professional Contexts: Helping Groups and Individuals
  • EDUC7009 Career Guidance: Counselling for Life Planning
  • EDUC7010 Proactive Interventions in Guidance & Counselling
  • EDUC7011 Practicum in Guidance & Counselling
  • EDUC7012 Practicum in Guidance & Counselling

      Leadership:

  • EDUC7060 Building Leadership Capacity: Bridging Theory and Practice in the Workplace
  • EDUC7100 Debates in Educational Leadership
  • EDUC7101 Meeting the Challenges of Educational Change
  • EDUC7103 Work, Careers and Educational Leadership

      Supporting Diverse Learners:

  • EDUC7019 Cognition and Learning
  • EDUC7205 Development in Multiple Contexts
  • EDUC7210 Teaching and Learning in Inclusive Settings
  • EDUC7220 Supporting Teachers and their Students with Learning Difficulties - Practicum
  • EDUC7230 Working with Students with Challenging Behaviours
  • EDUC7240 Assessment, Planning and Instruction

      Part C:

  • EDUC7000 Dilemmas of Development: Risks of Youth
  • EDUC7019 Cognition and Learning
  • EDUC7020 Professional Development, Mentoring & Supervision
  • EDUC7059 Foundation of the Science of Learning
  • EDUC7100 Debates in Educational Leadership
  • EDUC7113 Multiliteracies and Numeracy Across Learning Areas
  • EDUC7205 Development in Multiple Contexts

      Part D:

  • EDUC7020 Professional Development, Mentoring & Supervision
  • EDUC7026 Special Topics in Education
  • EDUC7027 Guided Study: Educational Investigation
  • EDUC7031 TESOL Curriculum & Pedagogy: Classroom Strategies
  • EDUC7032 Critical Perspectives on TESOL in Educational Contexts
  • EDUC7047 Language in Education Planning
  • EDUC7059 Foundation of the Science of Learning
  • EDUC7910 Project A: MEdSt
  • EDUC7911 Project A: MEdSt Part B
  • EDUC7912 Project A: MEdSt Part B
  • EDUC7915 Project B: MEdSt
  • EDUC7916 Project B: MEdSt Part B
  • EDUC7917 Project B: MEdSt Part B
  • GEOG6000 Location & Land Use
  • GEOS7106 Environmental Hazards
  • GEOS7505 Issues in Australia's Geography
  • MATH7040 Basic Mathematics
  • MATH7050 Mathematical Foundations
  • MATH7861 Discrete Mathematics
  • STAT7120 Analysis of Scientific Data

Note: For students who wish to enrol in Project A, please select either EDUC7910, EDUC7911 or EDUC7912. For students who wish to enrol in Project B, please select either EDUC7915, EDUC7916 or EDUC7917.

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How to Apply

Applications must be lodged via the Online Application Form.

Additional application information:

For national students:

  • Same discipline is defined as a degree with demonstrated prior learning in the field or education (which can include music education, teaching English as a second language, allied health, sport sciences). For the field of Behaviour Management, this may include a degree with prior learning in social work, social sciences, psychology, policing, criminology or criminal justice; for the fields of Career Development and/or Guidance and Counselling this may include a degree with prior learning in theology, psychology, or human resources; for the field of Leadership this may include a degree with prior learning in human resources. 
  • To satisfy the requirement for "same discipline" a minimum amount of content in that discipline is required - this would be at least a major, field of study, or approximately 30% of program content including a mix of introductory and advanced courses. 
  • Students who already hold an appropriate tertiary qualification and are interested in becoming qualified to teach in secondary and primary schools should apply for admission into the Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) or the Masters of Teaching (Primary). For further information on this program consult the handbook on the School of Education website or contact the School of Education on telephone (07) 336 56550 or email: [email protected]

For international students:

  • Same discipline is defined as a degree with demonstrated prior learning in the field or education (which can include music education, teaching English as a second language, allied health, sport sciences). For the field of Behaviour Management, this may include a degree with prior learning in social work, social sciences, psychology, policing, criminology or criminal justice; for the fields of Career Development and/or Guidance and Counselling this may include a degree with prior learning in theology, psychology, or human resources; for the field of Leadership this may include a degree with prior learning in human resources.
  • To satisfy the requirement for "same discipline" a minimum amount of content in that discipline is required - this would be at least a major, field of study, or approximately 30% of program content including a mix of introductory and advanced courses. 
  • Students who already hold an appropriate tertiary qualification and are interested in becoming qualified to teach in secondary and primary schools should apply for admission into the Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) or the Masters of Teaching (Primary). For further information on this program consult the handbook on the School of Education website or contact the School of Education on telephone (07) 336 56550 or email: [email protected]
  • Domestic students enrolled in the Master of Educational Studies (Guidance and Counselling) may be eligible to receive income support payments and should contact Centrelink to determine eligibility.

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