ARE YOU CREATED TO BE A TEACHER, A LEADER FOR THE NEXT GENERATION?
We believe that the next generation needs the loving example of Christian teachers. The unique and tangible expression of our teacher training is in the encounter between a child seeking Christ and the heart of the Christian teacher. Here at AC, we offer you initial teacher training, professional development, and continuing training for educational leadership, along with international and research opportunities.
“Do you love young people and get a thrill when you see the lights go on in their hearts and minds? Do you enjoy connecting with youth and helping them achieve their dreams? Are you keen to equip yourself further to grow as a teacher or principal in Independent or Public Schools? AC has courses for aspiring teachers, as well as professionals already working in education.”
Associate Dean of Education
"To me, being a Christian teacher means being able to speak hope and life to the kids in school… I went straight into a Diploma of Music Industry after year 10. I then did a Bachelor of Ministry (Worship), and ended up with a Master of Teaching (Primary). I was able to save a few years of study and go into a job I love at 21.”
AC Graduate & Teacher at Wycliffe Christian School
We offer different models of teaching training to suit aspiring teachers of all profiles :
For students based in regional locations, we offer full online study with in-school practicals to help them gain the required practical experience;
We also offer a blended online/offline model where students learn online, in combination with face-to-face intensive classes, and are linked with a local school to further enhance on-the-job training;
Teaching Hubs are our flagship model that embed students in schools so they gain classroom experience throughout their entire course and receive mentorship from senior school teachers and other leaders.
This Hub model effectively "flips the classroom" so students spend more time inside schools throughout their course than other traditional universities, making them more classroom ready on graduation.
First developed in partnership with St Philip’s Teaching School in 2018, Alphacrucis now operates numerous teaching hubs with dozens of schools throughout Australia. In addition to giving students access to micro-teaching workshops, increased opportunities for working with children, observation and teaching practice, Hub students also receive paid cadetships.
Our hubs are listed below, with new hubs and school partners expected in 2022 and beyond.
OUR HUB PARTNERS
St Philip’s Teaching School Hub
Hunter Christian School (affiliated with St Philip’s Teaching School hub)
Maitland Christian School (affiliated with St Philip’s Teaching School hub)
Teaching School Alliance Sydney Hub
Blue Mountains Grammar School
St Andrews Cathedral School
The Scots College
William Clarke College
St Thomas Aquinas Teaching School Hub
Christian Education Ministries Teaching Training School Hub
Australian Christian Colleges
Our initial and continuing Teacher Education programs can act as the springboard for your aspirations to see the world – work with our partners in the USA (such as Dallas Baptist University) and the UK (Liverpool Hope University) to continue your education from other perspectives, or take a practicum or exchange program at a school in Asia, the Pacific, Africa or the USA. AC Education has a global vision.
Our graduates work in all types of schools (faith-based, government and non-government), throughout Australia and around the world, and you can too. Some of our graduates are working in not-for-profit organisations and community service-oriented programs. At AC, we encourage and equip all our students, regardless of background, experience and age, to make a positive impact on the world.
Admission to one of our initial teacher education awards, Bachelor of Education (Primary and Secondary) and Master of Teaching (Primary and Secondary), is effectively admission into the profession of teaching. As such, AC must apply the new national selection guidelines for initial teacher education (ITE) programs. AC applies these guidelines fairly while recognising the uniqueness and individuality of each applicant. In addition to demonstrating academic capabilities, applicants will need to possess the right qualities and prerequisites to become effective teachers, including strong interpersonal and communication skills, a willingness to learn and the motivation to teach. These qualities are assessed through a pre-admission interview with the Program Director.
*The National Institute for Christian Education (NICE) delivers the Graduate Certificate of Education, Graduate Certificate of Education (Leadership), Master of Education and Master of Education (Leadership) on AC’s behalf. Please visit https://www.nice.edu.au/ for more information.
Catholic Education Tasmania has partnered with Alphacrucis College to provide innovative high-quality teacher education in Tasmania. You can read more, express interest in the program or download the teaching school brochure at the Catholic Education Tasmania website.
“It is refreshing and encouraging to be able to learn to teach through the Teaching School Alliance, and to be able to have hands-on experience under a mentor teacher in my first year of study. I was so fortunate to have great teachers around me in my schooling and to be helped to develop academically and beyond. I want to be able to help other students grow academically and personally, as a way to thank my own teachers and to honour them, but also to work in a way that serves others, and contributes to God’s bigger picture.”
Bachelor of Education (Secondary) Student
“Alphacrucis didn’t just help me learn the practicalities of teaching, they fostered in me a heart to really care for and nurture my students. I recently had a year 9 student come up to me on excursion and ask why was I different to other teachers. When I asked her what she meant by “different”, she said ”Miss, you always give us a second chance.” This moment reminded me that it’s not about what you’re teaching... it’s about who you are to your students, believing in them and supporting them."
Bachelor of Theology & Master of Teaching (Primary) Graduate
"My journey with Alphacrucis College has been a great learning curve that pushed me to go beyond my limits of self-centred thinking and teaching to inspirational leadership and role modelling in the classroom. I had the privilege of studying alongside world changing lecturers and leaders who were incredibly supportive. I have loved discovering that learning is a way of life and I am committed to instilling that within my students."
Su Pheng Lim
Master of Teaching (Primary) Graduate
*16% higher than the national average. UG Federal Government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching 2018. QILT.edu.au.
^Postgraduate Business and Leadership, 2018 QILT Survey. QILT.edu.au.
**Subjects with required face-to-face delivery, such as Social Science and Education practicals, will meet physical distancing measures and required hygiene practices. Based on the latest Government advice, we are planning for a gradual return to face-to-face teaching for students who can attend campus.