IB educator certificates

With IB certification, you gain a rich learning experience, ongoing professional development and the flexibility to follow a learning model that best fits your career path. The IB offers two distinct certification experiences in teaching and learning: the IB certificate in teaching and learning and the IB advanced certificate in teaching and learning research.

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IB certificate in teaching and learning

The IB certificate in teaching and learning offers students the opportunity to examine the principles and practices associated with one of three IB programmes (Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes). The courses that lead to this certificate shape pre-service, new and experienced educators into reflective practitioners and teacher researchers.

IB advanced certificate in teaching and learning research

The IB advanced certificate in teaching and learning research offers students the opportunity to supplement their existing IB experience with rigorous, systematic investigative work to further their knowledge and experience. Participants delve deeper into curriculum development, pedagogy and assessment through exploring relevant literature and their own IB practices.

 

To gain either an IB certificate in teaching and learning or an IB advanced certificate in teaching and learning research, you must complete this three-step process.

  1. Enroll in a programme of study at one of our IB-recognized universities.
  2. Complete the online IB enrollment form provided by your university to become a candidate for the certificate.
  3. Upon completion of your programme of study, register for your certificate online with a link provided by pd.pathways@ibo.org.

It is also possible for experienced IB teachers to gain eligibility for the IB educator certificate in teaching and learning by compiling a professional portfolio incorporating some critical self-reflection. ECIS was recognized by the IB to offer the portfolio pathway option and should be contacted with any inquiries regarding this program at itc@ecis.org.

Many teachers working within IB World Schools have never gained or do not hold a current teaching license/qualification, but are expert teachers in their fields. Therefore, the IB now accepts a specified amount of experience as a professional teacher as a replacement for possessing a current teaching license/qualification.

Students in a Graduate Continuing Professional Development programme of study, for example a graduate certificate, diploma or masters programme, must successfully complete an IB-recognized programme of study and either hold a national teaching qualification/license or have a minimum of three years full-time professional teaching experience in a government-approved/registered school in the subject or age domain in which they intend to register for the certificate.

This experience can be within an independent or private school provided the school is registered by the relevant national education authority.

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