University of the People 2021 Master of Education scholarships

This year, the IB has partnered with the University of the People (UoPeople) to award scholarships for educators around the globe to earn a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree. The spring 2021 application is now closed. Applicants will be updated on their application status by 2 May 2021. The application will reopen on 5 July 2021.

These scholarships represent a collaborative effort and commitment to address the global shortage of quality educators worldwide, which in turn guarantees access to quality education for more students.

We are proud to support inspiring educators and help them reach the next stage in their careers, especially those who demonstrate a strong commitment to their own local communities, to lifelong learning and the IB pedagogy.

Why apply?

Our scholarship recipients will receive funding for all 13 courses and assessment fees required by UoPeople to complete the M.Ed. degree.

Please see below for more information about this unique opportunity and click on the button at the end of this page to start your application.


The scholarships will provide funding for up to 13 courses to earn the UoPeople M.Ed. degree. Selected applicants, who have already earned a bachelor’s degree, will be able to access their scholarship beginning in June of 2021.


The spring 2021 application is now closed. Applicants will be updated on their application status by 2 May 2021. The application will reopen on 5 July 2021.

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To be eligible to be granted an IB scholarship, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants must currently hold a bachelor’s degree and be fluent in English.
  • Prospective or enrolled students of the University of People’s Master of Education in Advanced Teaching Degree ("Master of Education Degree") are eligible but previous enrollment is not a pre-requisite to apply.
  • Applicants must have some teaching experience, demonstrate a commitment to education, the IB pedagogy and their local community.
  • Applicants cannot already hold a master’s degree in any subject area.
  • Prospective students must provide proof of admission within 60 days of being awarded the scholarship. Enrolled students must be in good academic and financial standing with University of the People.
  • International Baccalaureate and University of the People employees and their immediate families including spouse, parents, children, siblings and their respective spouses, are not eligible to apply.
  • All submissions and application materials must be in English.
  • By submitting a scholarship application, you give consent for the IB to contact you about the scholarship application.
  • Applicants must agree to the award terms and conditions prior to receiving any funding from the IB.

See scholarship application terms and conditions.


What you’ll need before starting your application

Please see frequently asked questions below. For further questions about scholarships, please email us.

For further questions about the M.Ed. programme, please click here. 

Frequently asked questions

What is the University of the People (UoPeople)?

UoPeople is a tuition-free, non-profit, fully online American university offering accredited undergraduate and postgraduate degree options to students in 194 countries.

Programmes are developed using volunteer curriculum developers and instructors.

What is the UoPeople Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree?

The tuition-free online Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree is available to applicants worldwide. Successful students will receive a Master of Education in Advanced Teaching with specializations at two levels: the primary and middle school level, and the secondary school level. Both specializations share nine core courses and one capstone course, but each have two of their own specialized core courses as well as one elective. Students are required to complete 13 courses, which includes core courses and electives. In addition, students also complete a capstone project—or complete a six-credit internship at an IB World School—and a final applied research project.

What role does the IB play in the M.Ed. degree and why?

The IB is providing a funding contribution to support the development and launch of the M.Ed. degree opportunity and will work with IB World Schools to facilitate internships and raise awareness of the degree. UoPeople believes that access to education plays a key role in strengthening fundamental freedoms, as well as promoting world peace and global economic development. The M.Ed. will help address the worldwide shortage in high-quality teachers.

What are the criteria for acceptance to pursue the M.Ed. degree?

Applicants from any undergraduate major or employment field—with a bachelor’s degree and the required level of English language proficiency—are considered for admission. Students must first complete at least three M.Ed. core courses as a non-degree seeking student (NDSS) and earn a grade of 2.67 or higher in each course in order to be accepted.

Is the M.Ed. degree accredited and internationally recognized?

UoPeople is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an accrediting agency. The M.Ed. degree has received accreditation in the U.S. and does not award a teaching certification.

How long does the degree take to complete?

The course list can be found in the University Catalog, or on the website.

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