Frequently Asked Questions

What is the application process?

The first step is to complete an expression of interest and also to apply with Alphacrucis to enroll in an initial teacher education degree. Note: there is no cost to apply to study with AC and this is an important step to complete to ensure eligibility to participate in the program. See here for more information:

After this, there will be an opportunity for someone from the SCS Teaching Hub to talk to you about this opportunity. Applicants will then be asked to complete a more detailed application and be involved in two rounds of interviews and an opportunity to spend time on campus at one of the member schools.

What is the timing?

Applications are now open, with Interviews and opportunities to learn more scheduled for Terms 2 and 3, 2024. Placements will be finalised in Term 4, 2024 so that the 2024 Cohort can begin orientation in Janurary, 2025.

Who should apply?

If you are wondering whether you are someone who is suited to this program here are some questions to consider:

  • Do you love Jesus and want to be involved in vocation of Christian Education?
  • Do you have the capacity to grow through tertiary studies?
  • Are you open to feedback and opportunities to try new things?
  • Are you someone who works well in teams and have positive interactions with children and young people?
  • Are you someone willing to immerse yourself in this opportunity and share your journey with others?

If you can answer yes to these questions then please prayerfully consider applying!

Can I start in Semester 2?

Trainees are encouraged to start in Semester 1 to provide the best opportunities to get to know other trainees. This also works better with the timing of subjects with Alphacrucis. From time to time Trainees may be able to start in Semester 2 if there are good reasons to consider this option.

I didn’t go to a Christian School – can I still apply?

Yes! It is not a requirement that Trainees have attended a Christian school to complete the HSC or equivalent.

Can I become a Trainee and also continue to have another job?

Yes, if you need to do some casual or part-time work to support yourself during the program. It will be important to review your commitments though to ensure that you can have enough time and energy to fully participate in the program. Because becoming a Trainee with the SCS Teaching Hub is a more rigorous program than some other initial teacher training programs applicants seeking to maintain a significant number of hours of employment in another role are strongly encouraged to consider ways to reduce other commitments to support them throughout the program.

I’m currently studying at another university – can I still apply?

Yes, if you are currently studying at another university you are still eligible to apply. If you have already successfully completed some subjects you are strongly encouraged to apply for Cross-Credits and / or Recognition of Prior Learning so that the subjects you have completed can contribute toward the completion of your degree.

What does it cost to become a Trainee?

The SCS Teaching Hub provides financial support to Trainees in two ways.

If successfully placed at one of the member schools, Trainees are employed one day a week throughout their time in the program. In some cases, other employment opportunities may become available while completing the program.

By becoming a Trainee in the SCS Teaching Hub, Trainees are also eligible to have 50% of their university fees reimbursed following successful completion of the program and employment.

The cost of completing the program will depend on tuition fees with Alphacrucis and whether or not a Trainee is able to access a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) which can significantly reduce the cost of fees.

University fees can also be paid upfront or payment can be deferred using Fee-Help.

Is it possible to get a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) to reduce uni fees?

In 2023 Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) were available for some Bachelor of Education students who successfully met requirements. The process of determining if a Trainee is eligible to gain a CSP is determined during the application process with Alphacrucis.

How long does it take to train to become a Teacher?

Trainees can apply with Alphacrucis to complete either a 2 year Masters of Education Degree or a 4 year Bachelor of Education Degree. Masters students are required to have already completed a Bachelor’s Degree that meets NESA requirements.

How does studying work with Alphacrucis?

Alphacrucis lectures are live and online. Typically Trainees will have between 6-10 hours of lectures a week combined with course readings, forum posts and assessments.

Face-to-face support is provided through weekly Insight Sessions and the support of other Trainees in the SCS Teaching Hub.

Could you tell me more about Alphacrucis?

Alphacrucis University College was established in 1948 and offers a range of initial teacher education programs which have all been accredited by New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) and which are delivered by faculty with a shared commitment to Christian Education.

From the AC website:

“Since its inception as the national training university college of the Australian Christian Churches in 1948, Alphacrucis (AC) has had a rich history of ministry training, having taught and trained thousands of Christian leaders in Australia, New Zealand, and throughout the world. Now a multidisciplinary university college, AC graduates are making an impact in businesses, classrooms and not-for-profit organisations.

Our mission is to equip Christian leaders to change the world. Our vision is to be a global Christian university, transforming neighbourhoods and nations.”

How long has this approach to becoming a teacher been operating?

The Teaching Hub model has been operating in Australia since 2018, with a growing number of schools and tertiary providers now seeing the need to develop a better way to prepare teachers to be classroom ready.

Based on the overwhelming success of this approach, the Sydney Christian Schools Teaching Hub was established to extend the same opportunities to Trainees in the Sydney region seeking employment in Christian Schools. It is estimated that Teaching Hubs are currently involved in the formation of over 100 teachers in 2023 with this number anticipated to increase in future years.

What happens when I finish the program?

When Trainees begin their final year of tertiary studies they are eligible to apply to become Conditionally Accredited to teach with NESA and with the SCS Teaching Hub.

Once Trainees have completed tertiary studies they are eligible to apply for employment with the school they have been placed with. In the event that the school that Trainees have been placed with during the program is not able to provide employment, Trainees may then consider employment with other schools in the SCS Teaching Hub.

Which school will I be placed in?

As much as possible the preferences of applicants will be taken into account when considering which school Trainees will be placed in. Other factors that determine the school that a Trainee is placed in include: the capacity of member schools to accept Trainees and provide a Mentor, the specific needs of member schools and employment requirements and the culture of member schools and the extent to which applicants will be a good fit.