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International Baccalaureate in teaching an Australian first for Notre Dame

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The Sydney campus of the University of Notre Dame will offer an International Baccalaureate (IB) Certificate in Teaching and Learning from 2016.

The University of Notre Dame Australia will next year become the first university in NSW to award undergraduate students with the in te (IB) Certificate in Teaching and Learning from 2016.

The course will be delivered through the School of Education at the university’s Sydney campus, which has been accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organisation.

The university will join just five others around the world to offer the certification at undergraduate level.

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The Dean of the School of Education, Professor Marguerite Maher, said the accreditation “recognises the leading contribution that the university makes in the field of initial teacher education and to the vocation of teaching”.

Liz McKenna,  a senior lecturer in education at the Sydney campus and a driving force behind the project, said a small intake is expected in the program’s first year, with numbers expected to increase.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our undergraduates to be part of the international world of education focusing on constructivist approaches to teaching and learning and the importance of being internationally minded,” she said.

It is expected to be open to Bachelor of Education (Birth to Twelve Years), Bachelor of Primary Education and Bachelor of Primary Education (Religious Education) students.

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