ARE YOU CREATED TO BE A TEACHER, A PRINCIPAL, A LEADER?
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.”DAVID HASTIE
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
AC embeds all our primary and high school teacher education students in exceptional, formative school cultures so that you can be nurtured under inspiring mentors, and gain classroom experience from the beginning of your study. We call this “The Hub” model and it’s based on applying the internationally renowned and best-practice Clinical Teaching Model (CTM) within a learning ecology called a “Teaching School.”
St Philip's Christian School and the Teaching School Alliance Sydney are two of our many hubs. The Hub turns the tables and flips the classroom. You have access to micro-teaching workshops, opportunities for observation and teaching practice, working with children and gradually increasing responsibility until you are classroom ready. Many students enter paid cadetships, and are in schools from virtually the first day of their candidature.
INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIESOur 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.
“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.