Details for Foundations of Christian Education

This unit is a foundational subject for the program It introduces the philosophical framework for the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) Program. The historical development of Christian schooling, and faith-based education internationally and nationally will be explored as well as the impact of Australian government policies and funding. This subject introduces key educational philosophers and their influence on education with a particular focus on Christian education. Teacher education students begin to develop their own personal, dynamic philosophy concerning Christian education and their journey into the teaching profession.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: EDU103
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Julie Mathews

Awards offering Foundations of Christian Education

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Describe and discuss the philosophies and perspectives of a range of key educational philosophers and professionals from Christian, Catholic and other perspectives.
  2. Explain how philosophies and worldviews influence and inform teaching and schooling with a specific focus on the Australian schooling landscape.
  3. Reflect on and discuss the history of education in Australia and the factors, influences and individuals that have shaped its development.
  4. Articulate an understanding of the Australian education frameworks, standards, governing bodies, codes of ethics, curriculum structures and key educational policies and related processes and systems.
  5. Reflect on the theory and philosophy of education, together with the codes of ethics and craft a personal teaching philosophy that demonstrates the requisite professional criteria for a specific context.

Subject Content

  • Philosophies of education that support different approaches to teaching and learning.
  • National education policy and legislation.
  • Theories and Practices of the National Priority Areas – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education.
  • Work based skills and awareness: specific workplace skills, legal and statutory responsibilities, personal well-being and safety, safe workplace practices and work literacy.
  • Professional liability, Christian and professional ethics, supervision and management, internet safety
  • Reflection and integration

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face-to-Face (onsite)
  • eLearning (online)
  • Intensive

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Critical Reflection: Forum Posts (20%)
  • Written: Book Review (30%)
  • Major Project (50%)

Prescribed Text

  • References will include the most current curriculum requirements for schools.