Graduate Diploma in School Psychology
This pre-service course is intended to prepare psychology graduates for employment as school psychologists within the government and non-government sectors. The course exposes students to a range of relevant theories, processes and practices appropriate for the provision of psychological services to schools, teachers and students. It introduces students to psychological and educational assessment, counselling, and clinical units that address an understanding of many mental health issues and childhood disorders. At the conclusion of the course students should be able to demonstrate competency in assessment and counselling as well as understanding the management options for clinical issues. The prerequisite for this course is a four-year degree in psychology. Applicants must have completed an approved course of study in psychology and be eligible for registration as a psychologist.
Note: This course is only available to re-enrolling students.
|Key to availability of units:|
|N/A = not available in 2021; NS = non-standard teaching period|
All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.
Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2022 or 2023.
Take all units (48 points):
|Availability||Unitcode||Unitname||Unit requirements||Contact hours|
|N/A||EDUC5405||School Psychology Professional Practice I||lectures/workshops: 2 hours per week (for 6 weeks); professional practice: 6 weeks full-time attendance in school|
|N/A||EDUC5406||School Psychology Professional Practice II||lectures/workshops: 2 hours per week (for 6 weeks); professional practice: 6 weeks full-time attendance in school|
|N/A||EDUC5454||Learning Difficulties||lectures/seminars: 2.5 hours per week for 10 weeks|
|NS||EDUC5468||Inclusive teaching of at-risk students||30 contact hours (150 total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline.|
|N/A||EDUC5469||School Psychology I||30 hours|
|N/A||EDUC5478||School Psychology II||30 hours|
|N/A||EDUC5485||Development, Teaching and Learning: Theory and Practice||total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 30 hours. Further information is available in the unit outline.|
|N/A||EDUC5492||Understanding and Managing Disruptive Behaviour Disorders||lectures/seminars: 2.5 hours per week for 10 weeks|
Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures
1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.
Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules
2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).
(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.
English Language competency requirements
3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.
Admission ranking and selection
Articulations and exit awards
(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.
8.(1) To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.
9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module) when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.
11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.