M.Ed. On Campus Online

Education (Guidance and Counselling)

18 months
26880 AUD/year
22560 AUD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Education (Guidance and Counselling) from University of Southern Queensland is ideal for teachers wishing to extend their career as a guidance officer, guidance counsellor or school counsellor. 


  • You will have the opportunity to study in the areas of advanced counselling in educational contexts, emotional and behavioural problems of children and young people, child wellbeing and protection, and assessment and testing.
  • Expand your understanding of the transformative role of education in society, and develop the skills to work through the contemporary challenges faced by educators in rapidly changing, diverse communities.
  • Develop the skills to solve current issues in the education environment by using your own experiences as a backdrop to your studies, developing a research project based on your current workplace.

Career outcomes  

  • Career opportunities exist in an array of work environments from schools, TAFEs and universities to government agencies and industry. Roles can include guidance officer, guidance counsellor or school counsellor.
  • Students planning to work as a Guidance Officer in Education Queensland's state schools usually require registration as a teacher in addition to the Master of Education (Guidance and Counselling). Counselling roles in schools in the Independent or Catholic sectors in Queensland may have different requirements. You should check the requirements with your prospective employer.
  • Students planning to work outside Queensland and who are intending to use the Master of Education (Guidance and Counselling) from University of Southern Queensland for employment in schools in a guidance and counselling role should consult relevant registration bodies, the Australian Counselling Association, and/or state branches of the Australian Psychologist and Counsellors in Schools.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  Educating Students with Special Needs

  • Trauma, Behaviour and Learning    

  • Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention, Protection and Prevention   

  • Emotional and Behavioural Problems of Children and Adolescents    

  • Professional Study 

  • Foundations of STEM Education    

  • Digital Technologies and STEM Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • You can apply throughout the year and for courses that start in three different semesters
  • Apply early, to make sure you secure a place


12 alternative credits



On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS: QLD 00244B, NSW 02225M   

  • Approved bachelor degree, or equivalent, in education.
  • Candidates with a bachelor degree, or equivalent, in a non-related discipline may be eligible for entry into USQ’s Graduate Certificate of Education. Upon completion and achievement of a minimum GPA of 4.0, they may apply for entry into the Master of Education.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26880 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26880 AUD per year during 18 months.
  • National

    22560 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22560 AUD per year during 18 months.
  • Commonwealth supported - AUD 3985
  • External/Online - AUD 26880

Living costs for Toowoomba

1200 - 2000 AUD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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