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James Cook University Teachers College (Graduate Entry, Secondary)


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James Cook University Teachers College Overview

The Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) at James Cook University in Australia focuses on the education of students in Years 7 to 12. The junior secondary years (Years 7-10) is an exciting phase of learning, while the senior secondary years (Years 11-12) are a critical time for young people as they develop their plans for post-secondary education and work.

You will learn to teach two secondary areas of teaching in Years 7 to 10, specializing in one related secondary area of teaching in Years 11 and 12.

The Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) at JCU includes prescribed professional placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense.

Successful applicants require a Suitability to Work with Children (Blue Card) and an Australian Federal Police check before undertaking placement.

About Master of Teaching

About the Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)

Note: JCU’s Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) will not be offered after 2017. It will be replaced in 2018 by a two-year qualification, the Master of Teaching and Learning (Secondary). Further information on this program will be posted when available.

James Cook University in Australia proudly offers world-class teacher education programs and exciting opportunities for ongoing professional learning. JCU’s programs are committed to preparing graduates for the imperatives associated with the tropical region, especially in Rural and Remote, Sustainability and Indigenous Education.

James Cook University’s programs in Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary education are certified by the Queensland College of Teachers and recognized nationally and internationally. JCU’s post-graduate programs offer dynamic professional development opportunities for teachers, administrators, and community workers from a range of disciplines.

JCU’s Education staff has a strong commitment to community engagement with a focus on education for sustainable futures and improved educational outcomes for our region and communities both nationally and internationally.

Entry Requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)

Applicants to James Cook University’s Graduate Diploma in 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). The previous degree must include sufficient amount of study in the intended teaching area ie a Bachelor of Science if interested in becoming a science teacher.

Course Highlights

Course Highlights at James Cook University in Australia

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

An integral part of becoming a teacher is gaining practical experience in schools. You will be required to complete 55 days of professional experience in secondary school settings during the course plus an additional 20 days of wider professional education. Placements are allocated in government and non-government schools.

James Cook University offers professional development opportunities, student flexibility through course design and structure, as well as a successful history in securing funding for major research programs.

Professional Recognition

Professional Recognition in Canada

James Cook University’s Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) is nationally accredited through the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) in association with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT). Graduates of this course are eligible for Teacher registration in Australia.

Graduates of James Cook University’s Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) 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 of Education (Secondary)
Length of Program:1 year
Prerequisites:completed Bachelor degree not leading to teacher registration (minimum 70% GPA)
InterviewNot required
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