International Baccalaureate Course Information

From 2016, The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Sydney Campus will offer International Baccalaureate (IB) teaching and learning certificates as part of its Primary and Early Childhood courses of study. Notre Dame is the only university in NSW to gain IB accreditation for undergraduate primary education degrees.

The University’s School of Education in Sydney has received IB accreditation which can provide its graduating teachers with the prestigious Certificate in Teaching and Learning qualification.

Gaining the IB Certificate strengthens the appeal of a Notre Dame student in gaining work at one of the 1,266 IB World Schools in 106 countries around the world which offer the Primary Years Program.

Notre Dame will integrate the delivery of the IB certificate into the four-year span of all its Primary School and Early Childhood Education degrees. The IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning will complement each student’s academic qualifications with a professional development qualification that signals that the holder is capable of teaching in an IB World School.

Education students seeking the IB accreditation will also get to do their professional experience in an IB Primary Years Program School in Australia or overseas.

When you pursue an IB certification, students gain a rich learning experience, ongoing professional development and flexibility to follow a learning model that best fits your career path. By undertaking a course of study with an IB-recognised university, students will:

  • improve the quality of their classroom teaching
  • demonstrate a deep understanding of and engagement in student learning
  • enhance their competitive advantage in the education job sector
  • be able to move directly into the working world, eliminating the need for an internship
  • increase their access to teaching jobs worldwide
  • interact with leading academics
  • demonstrate their commitment to continuous self-improvement and lifelong learning
  • establish a strong peer network for research and publishing consultation

Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate is a non-profit educational foundation offering four highly respected programs of international education that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalising world. Schools must be authorised, by the IB organisation, to offer any of the programs.

For further information about the International Baccalaureate program, please email the Prospective Students Office sydney@nd.edu.au | 02 8204 4404

For information about the IB’s achievements, initiatives and future strategy visit www.ibo.org