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KOM Consultants are the official Canadian representative of Griffith University in Australia. Canadian applications to Griffith Teacher Training program are submitted directly through KOM Consultants at 1-877-318-8203 or info@komconsultants.com.

Griffith University Teachers College Overview

Griffith University have successfully graduated more than 3,000 Canadian students from their Faculty of Education making it the premier destination in the South Pacific region

Griffith has the highest education graduate success rates in Australia and the School of Education and Professional Studies is among the world’s leading education schools, ranked in the top 100 worldwide. Griffith’s education degrees span all levels of learning, from early childhood, primary and middle school, right through to high school, adult and vocational education. Griffith also offer specialist programs in high-demand areas, including special education and autism studies through our Autism Centre of Excellence.

About the Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)

Griffith’s Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) is a postgraduate entry program.

If you are a graduate from a non-education background and wish to teach in secondary school settings, this degree will give you the necessary skills and knowledge you need to register with the Queensland College of Teachers. You will learn the theory and practice of teaching, as well as about the characteristics of learners and teachers and the social contexts of education. The Graduate Diploma of Education Secondary degree at Griffith University includes education studies, curriculum studies in two nominated teaching areas, and professional experience in secondary school settings.

Secondary applicants to Griffith University will need to be able to identify two of the following teaching areas:

  • Biology
  • Business Education
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Education
  • Design and Technology1
  • Drama1
  • English
  • Film and Media1
  • Geography1
  • Graphics1
  • Health and Physical Education
  • History1
  • Instrumental Music1
  • Integrated Sciences
  • Languages other than English (LOTE)1
  • Mathematics
  • Music1
  • Physics
  • Science
  • Visual Arts1
1   Available at the Mt Gravatt campus only.


All other curriculum areas are available at both Gold Coast and Mt Gravatt. If you are studying at the Gold Coast you may select teaching or specialization areas offered at Mt Gravatt and study that teaching area at our Mt Gravatt campus.

Alternatively, if you have completed subjects in psychology in your bachelor degree, you may select one of the above teaching areas and complete the Learning Support specialist area. In the Learning Support courses, you will gain specialist skills needed to provide learning support to students with additional needs. You will be able to work in secondary settings where you advise teachers in their planning and/or teach in secondary special education settings.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)

Applicants to Griffith University Graduate Diploma of Education Secondary will need a completed Bachelor degree (or equivalent) that does not lead to teacher registration (with a minimum GPA of 4.0 on a 7-point scale) with disciplinary strengths in two distinctive teaching areas.

Applicants must have completed a quarter of their degree (a minimum of six subjects) in their first nominated teaching area. The second teaching area must include a minimum of another six courses for senior secondary or four courses for junior secondary. To qualify for the learning support specialist area applicants must have completed subjects in psychology.

Applicants’ non-academic capabilities will be assessed based on the submission of a 1000-word personal statement which must be submitted with their application.

In their personal statement, applicants must address two categories to describe their work and life experiences that demonstrate the AITSL competencies and their understanding of and motivation to study this initial teacher education program.

Category 1: Interest in teaching and children/young people

Write approximately 500 words/one page about your motivation and suitability for teaching. You may consider the following prompts to frame your response:

  • Who or what has inspired you to become a teacher?
  • Why is teaching a good career choice?
  • Why are you interested in teaching children/young people?
  • What subjects are you interested in teaching and why?
  • What does being a good teacher mean?
  • What skills and abilities do you have that will make you a good teacher?

Category 2: Involvement in personal learning and leadership activities

Write approximately 500 words/one page about your involvement in learning and/or leadership activities that demonstrate capabilities such as:

  • Willingness to learn
  • Conscientiousness
  • Resilience
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Organization and planning skills

You may consider the following prompts to frame your response:

  • What learning activities have I been engaged in?
  • What leadership activities have I undertaken?
  • What activities of personal interest am I involved in?
  • How long have I participated?
  • How am I involved?
  • What tasks or events have I planned and/or organized?
  • How have I shown that I can work with others?
  • What do I do to overcome obstacles, challenges or problems?

Contact KOM Consultants for full details.

Professional Recognition

Professional Recognition in Canada

Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the Queensland College of Teachers. This qualification is recognized nationally.

Graduates of Griffith University Master of Teaching are eligible to apply for licensing in Canada, however, it is critical students understand the requirements needed to complete this process before licensing will be granted. KOM Consultants understand the process and requirements needed to enter the teaching profession in Canada. Contact KOM for more information

All students applying directly through KOM Consultants will be supported with the latest information on the accreditation process.

Award Title:Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) This program will be changing to a Master of Teaching in 2018
Length of Program:1 year (Master of Teaching will be 2 Year qualification accelerated to 1.5 years)
Prerequisites:completed Bachelor degree not leading to teacher registration (minimum 70% GPA), 1000 word personal statement
Application Dates:Applicants are advised to apply 9 months in advance
Annual Tuition Fees:Contact KOM Consultants for latest tuition fees 1-877-318-8203
Faculty:Faculty of Education and Arts
Campus:Gold Coast / Mt. Gravatt (Brisbane)