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Field of Study

Guidance, Counselling and Careers

Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies

This field provides the knowledge, understanding and skills that are essential for today's professional guidance counsellors and career development practitioners.

This specially designed program of study allows you to develop competencies as a professional guidance counsellor and/or career practitioner for employment in schools, TAFE colleges, agencies, or as a private practitioner. The program focuses on:

  • Developing counselling competencies.
  • Understanding career development and education across the lifespan.
  • Linking assessment practices to instructional interventions.
  • Understanding ethical behaviour and practices.
  • Developing comprehensive guidance programs.


35 in the world for education

QS World University Rankings 2022

1 in Queensland for education

QS World University Rankings 2022

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Student counsellor
  • Careers counsellor
  • Guidance counsellor
  • Life planning adviser
  • School counsellor

How you'll learn

In 2023, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options (for most programs and plans) for students who can't attend in person. See the list of programs and plans you can't commence online.

Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Work placements
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Counselling in Professional Contexts: Helping Groups and Individuals
  • Proactive Interventions in Guidance, Counselling and Careers
  • Career Guidance: Counselling for Life Planning
  • Career Development In Practice: Constructing Careers

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