Undergraduate Certificate in Teacher Preparation

The Undergraduate Certificate in Teacher Preparation is a four-subject award designed to introduce students to the study of teaching and education. 

Course Description

The Undergraduate Certificate in Teacher Preparation gives students an introduction to teaching and studying education at AC. Subjects include Foundations in Teaching and Learning; Childhood and Adolescent Development; and Inclusive Education. 

The skills gained in this course can be applied in various contexts including teaching children and teenagers outside of a school setting (e.g. churches and community groups) and some auxiliary roles in a school setting.

Upon completion of this course students may apply to undertake further teacher training within AC's School of Education. 

This course is not currently accepting new applications. Please contact Stephen Brinton for further enquiries.


Course Structure

The course structure is based on one semester (13 weeks duration).

To qualify for award of the degree of Undergraduate Certificate in Teacher Preparation a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 40 credit points, including satisfactory completion of the core subjects noted below.

Admission Criteria

Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past 2 years)

Applicants with recent high school education only will demonstrate completion of the NSW Higher School Certificate, or the completion of the interstate or overseas equivalent qualification.

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study

Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification will demonstrate the completion of a Certificate III or higher qualification awarded by an authorised institution or registered training organisation (RTO).

The Program Director will conduct a pre-admission interview (either face-to-face or phone or via Zoom) with all applicants seeking entry into the course on the basis of a Certificate III qualification. This interview aims to assess academic suitability and preparedness of the applicant for undergraduate level study.

Applicants with Higher Education Study

Applicants whose highest level of study enrolment since leaving secondary education is a higher education qualification will demonstrate the completion of an AQF Level 5 Diploma (or higher) by an authorised institution for admission into this course.

Applicants with Work and Life Experience

If you are over the age of 21 at the time of commencement, you can apply for admission into this course on the basis of provisional entry, and complete the provisional entry qualifying period to become a full candidate.


If English is not the applicant’s first language or if their first degree was awarded in a non English speaking nation, they will be required to show proficiency in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (or equivalent) with an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of at least 6.5 and no score below 6.0 in any of the four skill areas, or equivalent.

Study Modes

Locations: Online, Sydney
Full-time Duration: One semester full-time
Part-time Duration: Completion by December 2025
2024 Intakes: Sem 2

See the timetable to confirm individual subject location, delivery type and other details.

Fees & Timetable

Fee-Help information and a complete Fee Schedule for all Alphacrucis courses can be found in our Fees Information section.

For a full list of course dates for new and continuing students, please see our Timetables.

HECS-HELP is available for eligible students to assist you in financing your studies. For more information and other options, please visit the Financing Your Study and Fees pages. For students who cannot access government loans, an alternative option is Study Loans, a private student loan provider. To learn more about loans provided by Study Loans, click here.

Course Learning Outcomes


  • knowledge of key issues and practices in the discipline area of teaching;
  • general knowledge of scholarship and recent developments pertaining to teaching, including, where appropriate, across disciplines;
  • a broad and coherent understanding regarding the planning, implementation, assessment and reporting of pedagogically sound learning activities consistent with a Christian worldview and appropriate to the demands of the teaching context.

Demonstrated ability to:

  • analyse and interpret the stages of development in physical, cognitive, social/emotional and spiritual growth in children and adolescents;
  • communicate effectively coherent ideas and proposed solutions to peers and general audiences in diverse contexts;
  • identify and critically evaluate new developments of research and scholarship in the discipline area of teaching.

Demonstrated ability to:

  • discuss and analyse contemporaneous topics, issues and challenges impacting on teaching, from a Christian worldview;
  • comply with professional codes of ethics and regulations which impact on the ability to work with children and adolescents and keep abreast of changes in the legislation and practice applicable to the specific teaching context;
  • work independently and responsibly.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of these courses of study may find employment in educational support positions; not-for-profit and mission-focused organisations; as well as educational institutions that require skills in research and critical thinking.

Student Story

"I highly recommend Alphacrucis College for its professional and Christian values. All lecturers provided support via online forums and during classes."

Charlie Boustany
Education Graduate

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Student Services

For more information on the suite of student support services available, please see our Student Services section.

CRICOS Course Code: 104899A