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Notre Dame - First University in NSW to teach the International Baccalaureate

A Sydney university will become the first institution in NSW to offer undergraduate teaching students International Baccalaureate accreditation.

UE - A Sydney university will become the first institution in NSW to offer undergraduate teaching students International Baccalaureate accreditation.

The University of Notre Dame in Ultimo will introduce the IB's Certificate in Teaching and Learning from 2016 in a bid to broaden the international offering of the university, as the qualification continues to grow in popularity worldwide.

Interstate, the University of Melbourne in Victoria, Murdoch and Curtin Universities in Western Australia and Flinders University in Adelaide are the only other Australian tertiary institutions to offer the course.

The IB is an international alternative to the HSC and is currently taught in 15 schools across NSW. Globally, 77,000 students from 400 schools in 148 countries take the transnational certificate. More than 400 of those students will sit their first exam, English, in NSW on Tuesday, while more than 8,000 HSC students take on the Geography and Drama exams.

Notre Dame will integrate the teaching of the primary school curriculum of the IB into its current teaching degree before looking to expand to the HSC equivalent in 2017.

There are more than 80 IB exams in subjects as diverse as global politics, philosophy, English and maths, with a curriculum that focuses more on breadth than specialisation.

The senior lecturer in Notre Dame's School of Education, Liz McKenna, said the accreditation was a significant step.

"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," Ms McKenna said.

"They will be able to go to any school in the world for professional experience."

The Age