Graduate Certificate in Education (Indigenous Education)
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    6 months full-time or part-time equivalent

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    Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct,

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Indigenous education is a core education commitment of the Australian government and a vital part of its Closing the Gap initiative. Professionals specialising in Indigenous education are essential to achieving the goal of closing the education gap.

If you are an existing teacher or educator working in diverse education contexts, this course can help you explore your interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education. The course is strength-based and helps you gain a deeper understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing.

In this specialised area of study, you will learn to draw on your knowledge foundations and apply your understanding of broader pedagogy to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You will also deepen your understanding of the context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education in Australia, while strengthening your knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members, including parents/guardians, knowledge holders, and school-community liaison workers.

This will enable you to lead and influence education partnerships that enhance outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners in a positive and meaningful way.

Upon graduation, you will find yourself well-prepared for a role that strengthens and contextualises the foundation of education for Reconciliation while rethinking what is possible in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education. This course is suited for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students alike.

Studying through QUT Online, you have access to all that QUT has to offer, but you’re able to engage in self-paced study, with lots of support.” ~ Professor Susan Irvine, Head of School, Faculty of Creative Industries, Education & Social Justice, School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education

Subsidised Commonwealth Supported Places are available for this course.

Entry Requirements

You can gain entry into the Graduate Certificate in Education (Indigenous Education) with:
  • a completed bachelor degree (or higher qualification) in any discipline; or

  • a completed diploma (or higher qualification) in any discipline and two years full-time (or equivalent) professional work experience in any field; or

  • five years full-time (or equivalent) professional experience in any field.

This course is not available to international students.

Fees: Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this program
  • 2024 CSP fees: $2,300

  • 2024 full fees: $12,000

    QUT offers Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for this course to eligible domestic students. A CSP is subsidised by the Australian government, meaning that you do not need to pay a significant portion of your course fees.

    Speak to one of our Course Consultants for help accessing a Commonwealth Supported Place in 2024.

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Career opportunities


If you are a qualified teacher, this course will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to teach Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and to do so with a strong cultural and historical awareness.

Indigenous Education Officer

Provide specialised support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students within a tertiary education institution.

Public Service Worker

Work at the state or federal-level education departments, employing your expertise in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education to help the government chart a positive and effective direction for Indigenous education in Australia.

Community Facilitator

Work within Indigenous communities to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and their families to remain engaged with education, leading to positive student outcomes.

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