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Teaching School Hubs

Offering a uniquely better
approach to Teacher Training.

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Dr Julie McGonigle
Head of School, St Andrew’s Cathedral School

Teaching school hubs gives us a sense of quality control; we can home-grow our teachers.

“There is a looming teacher shortage and more than 1500 teachers will be needed over the next 10 years within the 39 Anglican schools in Sydney.”

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Graeme Irwin, Executive Principal,
St Philip's Christian College

The Teaching School is a dream that has now become a reality. 

"I believe that the Teaching School is a way forward for teacher education in this country. The immediate on-the-job application of the learnt theory is extremely beneficial for producing successful teachers, but beyond this, we are educating teachers in a tertiary setting which is Christ-focused, and this is ground-breaking. The St Philip's Teaching School will be producing teachers who have had four years of in-classroom teaching experience and teachers educated from a Christian worldview."

The Clinical Teaching Model flips the conventional model of teacher training, bringing exceptional higher education onsite into group of schools.

Through its partnership with Alphacrucis University College, the Teaching School provides an innovative and dynamic placement program.

Teaching schools commit to offering trainee positions to a cohort of pre-service teachers each year. These targeted trainees study together in a Christ-centred environment, working from day one of their degree in the classroom under the guidance of a Mentor Teacher. The Clinical Teaching Model provides practical teacher training that inducts a trainee into the art and craft of teaching, embedded within the values and ethos of the group of schools that have come together to create the teaching school.


Why teaching school hubs?


School-based training

You will be in the classroom, supported by your Mentor Teacher, from the commencement of your degree. You will have the opportunity to engage with the students and experience the role of a teacher in a Christian school from the beginning of your training. In fact, you will spend an average of 12 hours a week with your Mentor Teacher. 

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A broad experience

Engaging with other schools is crucial to your development as a teacher. Throughout your journey as a trainee, you will spend time at a number of different schools. This will include each of the Schools in your network, as well as time at schools outside the network. It is our desire that all trainees will also engage in mission and service programs.

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A community of support

You will be supported on your journey by the staff at the Teaching School, lecturers from Alphacrucis University College, and broader school-based staff, who are dedicated to your spiritual growth, wellbeing and development as a teacher.


A secured teaching position

The Teaching School wants you to stay and teach with them at the end of your training program and become a qualified teacher. They will endeavour to secure you a role at your school or at another school in the network family. After you complete your training, the teaching school will continue to offer you support in your development as a new teacher.


The Scholarship Program

Several Teaching Schools- but not all- offer scholarship positions to a select number of successful applicants. There are often different levels of scholarship positions available. These scholarships may comprise of a paid weekly Teaching Assistant position, a reduction in course fees and the use of a MacBook to assist you with your studies throughout the cadetship. Each teaching school is different, so please speak to the coordinator of the particular teaching school programme with which you are engaged. 

The Teaching School partners with Alphacrucis University College who provide a range of accredited courses.

Do you love when the penny drops and knowledge clicks into place for a child? Are you excited about seeing children learn and grow? We believe that the unique and tangible expression of our teacher training is in the encounter between a child and the heart of the Christian teacher. This course is for people who sense a calling to primary school teaching. We tailor learning and teaching to students’ individual needs, in small classes where each student is known and mentored.

Do you connect with the youth in your church? Are you excited about working with young people who want to reach their full potential? This course is for those who sense a calling to secondary (high) school teaching and is accredited by TEQSA and NESA. We tailor our learning and teaching to your individual needs, in small classes where you are known and mentored by your lecturer.

Are you excited about working with children and seeing the lights go on in their hearts and minds? Designed for aspiring teachers and career changers who already have a degree, this course equips you with a fully accredited professional teaching qualification. Accredited by TEQSA and NESA, the MTeach(P) provides a core pedagogy in each of the Key Learning Areas (KLAs) and professional experience. 

Independent action research equips you in your place of Professional Experience, improving your teaching skills and contributing to the field. In addition to developing skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and communication skills, you will be equipped with advanced knowledge in the full range of primary curriculum.

Do you connect with the youth in your church? Are you excited about working with young people reaching for their dreams? Designed for aspiring teachers and career changers who already have a degree, the Master of Teaching (Secondary) prepares you to teach in Independent and Public Secondary Schools. This fully accredited course provides a core of pedagogy and professional experience, while allowing you to explore areas of special interest through elective components.

The independent action research in this program equips you to undertake ongoing action research in your place of employment, improving your teaching skills and contributing to the field. In addition to developing skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and communication, you will be equipped with advanced knowledge in secondary educational theory, as well as specialised curriculum areas, to equip you for classroom teaching.

Bachelor of Education

Scholarship and CSP Information


Domestic students commencing any of AC’s Bachelor of Education courses in 2023 or 2024 may qualify for a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) made available by the Australian government.

If you are successful in receiving a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), the “student contribution” you pay as part of the total fees for your course is significantly reduced.

You may also qualify for a further reduction in your student contribution if you are accepted into one of AC’s Teaching Hub programs. Note, if you qualify for FEE-HELP, this can be used to defer your payment of your student contributions.


General information

Alphacrucis (AC) University College has been allocated a number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) for 2023 and 2024 that can be applied to students commencing our Bachelor of Education courses.

These courses include:

These CSPs are intended to create more opportunities for students from under-represented groups to access higher education and enter the teaching profession, including those first in family to receive higher education, those from regional and remote areas, those from low-socioeconomic backgrounds, people with a disability and First Nations people.



Frequently Asked Questions

The student contribution (what you pay) is as follows and depends on what you qualify for regarding CSPs, AC Scholarships, and Teaching Schools Hubs Scholarships.

Whilst the student contributions are the fees you pay for your course, please note that if you also qualify for FEE-HELP, this can be used to defer your payment of your student contributions.

Student contribution – Full Amount
If paying the full amount (No CSP or Scholarships): $2,245 per subject.

Student contribution – After CSP applied
If you qualify for a CSP: $515 per subject
Note: If you don’t qualify for a CSP, you may be awarded an AC Education Scholarship instead. Scholarships will only be considered for those who do not qualify for a CSP.

Student contribution – After AC Scholarship applied
If you qualify for an AC scholarship, your student contribution will be: $1,970 per subject.

Teaching Schools Hub Scholarship
If you qualify for study through one of the AC Teaching Schools Hubs, the hub will typically provide a scholarship to cover part of your student contribution amount. Once you are offered a place at an AC Teaching School Hub, the hub will confirm the final student contribution. Below are two examples of how this subsidy could apply.

Example Calculation: CSP with Hub Scholarship

If you were successful in applying for a CSP as well as a Hub Scholarship, your student contribution fee would be:

$515 minus Hub Scholarship = your actual student contribution/fee per subject.

Example Calculation: AC Scholarship with Hub Scholarship

If you do not qualify for a CSP but instead awarded an AC scholarship as well as a Hub Scholarship, your student contribution fee would be:

$1,970 minus Hub Scholarship = your actual student contribution/fee per subject.

Note: 2023 pricing quoted above and is subject to change.

To apply to study with AC without applying for a Teaching Schools Hub, you can do so through our Apply Now page.


To apply to study with AC through a Teaching Schools Hub you should do this by concurrently applying with the Hub(s) you are interested in (see list below) as well as AC through our Apply Now page. For more details about how to apply, see our webpage here.


Current Teaching Schools Hubs to apply for:


You will need to be considered a 'domestic student' and apply for full-time study.

You must also meet at least ONE of the following criteria, these criteria are set by the Australian government.


Eligibility will be assess based on information provided in your application form and throughout the application process. Below is the eligibility criteria (along with corresponding application data) used to determine your eligibility.

  1. Low socioeconomic (low SES) background – this will be determined through various documents required in the application, including but not limited to your current address and postcode.
  2. Students from inner regional, outer regional, remote and very remote areas - based on the address and postcode of your current residential address provided. You can use this interactive map* to gauge your approximate location status and the possibility of qualifying for a CSP based on this.
  3. First in family to access higher education - if neither parent has attained a bachelor degree or higher (based on the TCSI highest educational attainment values).
  4. First Nations Australians - Self-identify on the AC application form. Definitions for First Nations students will be consistent with those used by the Tertiary Collection of Student Information (TCSI) system).
  5. People with a disability - Self-identify on the AC application form. Definitions for students with a disability will be consistent with those used by the Tertiary Collection of Student Information (TCSI) system. See here for more details regarding disability support.


*This map is not created or supported by AC. It is for guidance only in understanding your eligibility based on location and does not guarantee or indicate your success in receiving a CSP. For more information, please contact the Future Students team.


If you don’t qualify for a CSP you will be automatically considered for an AC scholarship as part of your application.

Placements in our hubs are highly competitive and limited. If you’re not successful in joining one of our Hubs, you can still study an education degree with AC. You will receive AC’s unique benefits of a highly practical course that also integrates a faith-based worldview into the content and teaching, with all the required placements in schools but you will not necessarily be placed in a school throughout your course as outlined in the Hub Model brochure. You can talk to our Future Students team about the differences and what might suit you best.

If for some reason you need to reduce your hours or defer your study, this should first be discussed with your Program Director and if you are in a Hub, also discussed with your school. AC will work towards the best outcome with you for this, but please note this may impact any CSP contribution for your course.

You can talk to our Future Students team to find out more about all of AC’s education courses, including the Bachelor of Education, Master of Teaching, Certificates in Teacher Preparation, as well as Leadership and PhD programs for school leaders and principals. The team can also help with how to apply and further questions about CSPs and fee structure.

Your teaching school journey

Your study pathway combined with your online study is full-time and is undertaken in conjunction with your school placement. 

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days per week working as a Teaching Assistant with a Mentor Teacher 

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days per week lectures with AC College, in multiple modes 


intensive lecture weeks each year delivered both onsite and online 


days of school-based experience by the end of your degree 

Current Teaching Schools that Partner with AC

See the details for each teaching school and link to their website including application details.

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Schools in AC’s Teaching Schools Alliance Sydney hub include:
Blue Mountains Grammar School, Inaburra School, St Andrew’s Cathedral School, The Scots College, and William Clarke College.

2024 Cohort Application Deadline: 11th October 2023

Apply or find out more

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Schools in AC’s St Philip’s Teaching School hub include:
St Philip’s Christian Colleges in Gosford, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Cessnock, DALE, Narnia, Hunter Christian School, Maitland Christian School, Trinity Christian School, Southern Higlands Christian School, Cedars Christian College, Orange Christian School, and Emmaus Christian School

2024 Cohort Application Deadline: 1st November 2023

Apply or find out more

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Schools in AC's Christian Education Ministries Hub include Australian Christian Colleges in the following states:
QLD: Moreton; NSW: Marsden Park (including SmartPlay), Singleton, Brightwaters Christian College and Medowie Christian School; VIC: Hume, Casey; WA: Darling Downs, Southlands; TAS: Burnie, Launceston, Hobart

2024 Cohort Application Deadline: 1st November 2023

Apply now or find out more

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Schools in AC's Christian Education Network Teaching Hub (Christian Schools Tasmania) include:
Channel Christian School, Circular Head Christian School, Devonport Christian School, Emmanuel Christian School, Launceston Christian School, Leighland Christian School, Newstead Christian School, Northern Christian School, and Calvin Christian School.

2024 Cohort Application Deadline: 22nd September 2023

Apply now or find out more

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Schools in the Kings College of Teaching include: Pimpama, Reedy Creek and Logan Village.

Contact the school to find out about application deadline for 2024 cohort.

Apply now or find out more

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Schools in AC’s Sydney Christian Schools Teaching Hub include: Norwest Christian College, Toongabbie Christian College, Kuyper Christian School, Covenant Christian School, Tyndale Christian School, and Wycliffe Christian School, William Carey Christian School

2024 Cohort Application Deadline: 7th September 2023

Apply now or find out more

Student Stories

“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.”

Joshua Hales
Bachelor of Education (Secondary) Student

"I’m doing my placement with William Clarke College in Kellyville and it’s just been an awesome experience. Just being put into a school that shares your values and allows you to share those with the students is such a great freedom. Knowing that you’re supported by your mentor teacher is also really helpful."

Michael Ratumu
Bachelor of Education (Primary) Student

"As a teacher, it is my desire to encourage young people to rise up and fulfill their God given potential. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work in a school for 1-2 days a week whilst completing my degree."

Brittany Shapcott
Master of Teaching
How to apply

Starting your Teaching School journey

Our aim is to support you through the application process, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can help in any way.

Expression of interest

Register your interest in the Teaching School by emailing them by the closing date. Once they have received your expression of interest they will send you an enrolment application pack. 

Apply + Interview

Once you have received your application pack, you will be guided through the process of enrolment with Alphacrucis University College and the Teaching School. Scholarship interviews will be held in the first two weeks of November. 

Your offer

Should you be successful, you will be offered a conditional position with the Teaching School, on the proviso that you meet the Tertiary entrance requirements for the Education Degree (Bachelor of Education or Master of Teaching). At this point you will have the opportunity to visit your potential placement school and meet with the Principal of that school.

Commencing study

Our first intensive lectures / weekly lectures commence mid-January. Lectures will be held one-two days each week, throughout the school terms, determined by the AC academic staff in close consultation with the teaching school. 

Start your teaching school journey.