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Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching (Specialisation)

DURATION: 1 year full time

ENTRY POINTS: February/July

LOCATION: Rockhampton

The Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching (GDLT) (Specialisation) is designed for students who have successfully completed a three year undergraduate qualification and want to move into a career as a primary (Years 1-7) or secondary (Years 8-12) school teacher.

Why Study G.D. of Learning & Teaching (Spec.) at CQUni

The GDLT develops the essential professional knowledge and skills required for teaching that complement previous university level studies. If, for example, you have graduated with an engineering degree and now want to teach physics in the school system, this program is for you. This program will enable you to gain the skills and knowledge to teach students and design pedagogical strategies to enable student learning.


To be eligible for entry into the Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching you must have completed a three-year non-education bachelor degree from a university or college. You must have a GPA of at least four from your bachelor’s degree.

You must demonstrate the capacity to undertake the degree by meeting the following entry criteria for the teaching focus in which you wish to specialise:

Primary (Years 1 - 7): A three-year non-education undergraduate degree from a university or college relevant to primary schooling key learning areas (KLAs). You must indicate how your prior study applies to a range of KLAs.

Secondary (Years 8-12): A three-year non-education undergraduate degree from a university or college that demonstrates sufficient knowledge development in two teaching areas. A teaching area consists of six or more courses studied within your undergraduate degree.

Applicants with degrees completed overseas must provide evidence to support that the qualification is equivalent to an Australian three-year bachelor degree.

In addition, you must provide a written statement accompanying your application. This should include the following information:

  • The chosen teaching focus: primary (Years 1 - 7) or secondary (Years 8 - 12) and why this has been chosen.
  • The reasons for choosing teaching as a career, as well as listing any previous teaching experience or lead learning in the workplace.
  • If choosing a primary focus, indicate how the previous undergraduate study applies to eight  KLAs.
  • If choosing a secondary focus, indicate how previous undergraduate study or experience relates to the two teaching areas in which you will specialise.

International Applicants: In addition to the academic prerequisites listed above, international applicants are required to have an acceptable level of competency in writing, reading, speaking and understanding English that is equivalent to a score of 7 in each area of IIELTS (academic).

This program can only be studied within Australia.

Work Integrated Learning

The in-school placement/practicum in this program meets the minimum requirements set by the Queensland College of Teachers. There are 56 days of embedded professional practices to be completed plus a six week graduate internship.

Career Opportunities

  • Teacher (primary/secondary)
  • Teaching profession related roles
  • Trainer (private organisation)
  • Education liaison officer
  • Curriculum designer

Program Structure

You are required to complete eight core courses from either the primary or secondary specialisations.

 There are three compulsory residential schools, held at the Rockhampton Campus. For more information contact the Program Advisor.

Professional Recognition

Graduates are eligible to apply for provisional registration with the Queensland College of Teachers. Full registration is gained following two years of successful full-time teaching.

Specialisations Available

  • Primary (Years 1-7)
  • Secondary ( Years 8-12)


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