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Overview

In response to the overarching need to bring an international perspective and deeper understanding of people and their cultures to the classroom, California State University San Marcos(CSUSM) offers courses of study recognized by the International Baccalaureate Organization. These courses develop teachers' understanding of the principles and practices associated with the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme, and Diploma Programme. Students who successfully complete one of these courses of study are eligible to apply and register for the IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning. The program prepares teachers (K-12) to serve in schools that implement the IB curriculum.


What is IB?

Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation offering four highly respected programmes of international education that develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.” www.ibo.org.  The International Baccalaureate (IB) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. The IB encourages students to ask challenging questions, to critically reflect, to develop research skills, to learn how to learn, and to participate in community service.




IB Preparation

In order to prepare educators to teach the IB model, CSUSM is authorized to offer the Global Teacher Studies and Preparation: International Baccalaureate Primary, Middle Years Programs and Diploma Program. The course of study is a sequence of four classes, including two academic classes and two field study classes. The successful completion of this course of study qualifies participants to apply for the IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning, a certificate that verifies the candidate has completed the comprehensive training to work in an International Baccalaureate PYP, MYP, or DP World School programme.

This certificate enables teachers to increase their qualifications and competitiveness in the educational workforce. This convenient and affordable program, with curriculum offered through online modules, allows greater access to information and collaboration with educators from around the world.


Eligibility

The candidates for this class are newly credentialed teachers, experienced teachers, teacher leaders, site administrators, teachers already working at IB World Schools, and teachers new to IB. Admissions requirements are: Bachelor's Degree and a Teaching Credential or a Bachelor’s Degree and two years of equivalent teaching practice. Some teachers working in IB World Schools do not hold a current teaching license/qualification, but are expert teachers in their fields. Therefore, CSUSM accepts two years of experience as a professional teacher as a replacement for possessing a current teaching license / qualification.


Field Experience

Students are responsible for locating a school to complete their field study experience. It may be their own school or a local school that agrees to cooperate. The field study experience is project based and requires 30 hours a semester in the field and developing a portfolio demonstrating new knowledge. A field study handbook guides the students with ideas for project topics, letters for the school leaders explaining the expectations, and forms to complete at the end of the project. The ability to reflect on the process and the learning is the major focus of the field study experience.


Courses of Study

CSUSM offers three paths of curriculum. The participant must select one of the three.

  • The Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students from age 3-12.
  • The Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students 11-16.
  • The Diploma Years Programme (DP) for students 16-19.


*Students are responsible for locating a school to complete their field study. Please contact your local school district for processes and requirements.

PYP Program:

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EDUC 630 IB PYP Studies and Preparation: From Theory to Practice (3 units)
This class develops the theoretical and practical knowledge of the IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning for Primary Years philosophy, international mindedness, inquiry pedagogy, curriculum design, and technology resources. Students must be concurrently enrolled in EDUC 632A.
EDUC 632A IB Field Study: From Theory to Practice (2 units)
This field study is designed to give the participants the opportunity to explore and investigate the core concepts from the EDUC 630 class in an IB World School under the supervision of a site administrator and a CSUSM faculty member. Students must be concurrently enrolled in EDUC 630.
EDUC 631 IB PYP Studies and Preparation: From Instruction to Action (3 units)
This class develops theoretical and practical knowledge of the IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning for Primary Years authorization process, assessment philosophy and standards, action cycle, grading and reporting, and reflection process. Students must be concurrently enrolled in EDUC 632B.
EDUC 632B IB Field Study: From Instruction to Action (2 units)
This class is designed to give the participants the opportunity to explore and investigate the core concepts from the EDUC 634 class in an IB World School under the supervision of a site administrator and a CSUSM faculty member. Students must be concurrently enrolled in EDUC 634.

MYP Program:

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EDUC 633 IB MYP Studies and Preparation: From Theory to Practice (3 units)
This class develops the theoretical and practical knowledge of the IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning for Middle Years philosophy including international mindedness, inquiry as a teaching approach, and curriculum development and design. Students must be concurrently enrolled in EDUC 632A.
EDUC 632A IB Field Study: From Theory to Practice (2 units)
This field study is designed to give the participants the opportunity to explore and investigate the core concepts from the EDUC 630 class in an IB World School under the supervision of a site administrator and a CSUSM faculty member. Students must be concurrently enrolled in EDUC 630.
EDUC 634 IB MYP Teachers Studies and Preparation: From Instruction to Action (3 units)
This class develops the theoretical and practical knowledge of the IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning for Middle Years authorization process, assessment philosophy and standards, action cycle, grading and reporting, and reflection as a tool for growth. Students must be concurrently enrolled in EDUC 632B.
EDUC 632B IB Field Study: From Instruction to Action (2 units)
This class is designed to give the participants the opportunity to explore and investigate the core concepts from the EDUC 634 class in an IB World School under the supervision of a site administrator and a CSUSM faculty member. Students must be concurrently enrolled in EDUC 634.

DP Program:

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EDUC 635: DP Global Teacher Studies and Preparation: From Theory to Practice (3 units)
This course develops theoretical and practical knowledge of the IB DP philosophy and framework; international mindedness and responsible action; inquiry pedagogy that is supported by IB standards and practice; the development of critical, coherent, and independent thinking; and curriculum design and environments through multiple perspectives. The target candidates for this class are newly credentialed teachers, experienced teachers, teacher leaders, and site administrators.
EDUC 632A: DP Field Study (2 units)
This course develops theoretical and practical knowledge of the IB DP philosophy and framework; international mindedness and responsible action; inquiry pedagogy that is supported by IB standards and practice; the development of critical, coherent, and independent thinking; and curriculum design and environments through multiple perspectives. The target candidates for this class are newly credentialed teachers, experienced teachers, teacher leaders, and site administrators.
EDUC 636: IB DP Teacher Studies and Preparation: From Instruction to Action (3 units)
Develops theoretical and practical knowledge of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (DP) authorization, assessment, evaluation, and reflection processes.
EDUC 632B: DP Field Study (2 units)
This course develops theoretical and practical knowledge of the IB DP philosophy and framework; international mindedness and responsible action; inquiry pedagogy that is supported by IB standards and practice; the development of critical, coherent, and independent thinking; and curriculum design and environments through multiple perspectives. The target candidates for this class are newly credentialed teachers, experienced teachers, teacher leaders, and site administrators.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Who is this certificate for?
The certificate program is for people anywhere in the world who want to be trained and certified in one of the above IB Programs. The courses cover topics of how the IB Program is implemented in the classroom and the school, the documentation for IB authorization and reports, and the nature of collaboration between staff and stakeholders. The coursework is appropriate for teachers as well as IB coordinators and administrators.
How is this certificate different from workshops?
The training is different from an IB workshop in that it goes further and deeper by having the participant learn about the theories and have time to assimilate and practice the learning in an instructional setting. Participants will then learn to apply the essential elements, as well as create products and learning experiences, that are used when teaching students within an IB Program.
What is the time requirement and workload like?
There will be four classes taken over two semesters. CSUSM designed this certificate program to support participants with busy schedules who truly wanted to understand the process of implementing the IB Program from classroom to whole school. The certificate program is two semesters of 5 units each for a total of 8 months. Classes are in modules and students participate a-synchronously with the teacher and each other. Each unit of credit is equivalent to 15 hours of class time (reading, responding) plus homework (assignments).
What will I learn?
Certificate Objectives:

The student will understand and demonstrate knowledge of:
  1. The role and philosophy of the IB programs.
  2. International mindedness and how it is promoted in the IB philosophy.
  3. The IB curriculum framework principles, standards, and practices.
  4. Curriculum instruction and design, including evaluation and creation of a “planner”.
  5. The Learner Profile and how it is embedded in all instruction throughout the continuum.
  6. The fundamental concepts and instructional practices of IB.
  7. Teaching methodologies including “backwards design” and “inquiry”.
  8. Learning theories, including constructivist learning.
  9. Transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary units of instruction.
  10. Differentiation for all learners including special populations.
  11. Assessment and reporting.
How are the courses delivered?
Participants receive a university log in and password. This is used to access an online course with faculty and other students. The course modules are released and assignments are due according to Pacific Standard Time in California.

Even though a class opens on a particular day, the participant may login at any time during the week that fits their schedule. So if a class opens on Saturday, the participant may login on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, etc.

Also, to help with busy schedules, a participant does not have to finish a class in a single sitting. Participants may log in and out at any time. They may also go back and forth throughout previous classes to access information, videos, and documents for review.
What exactly do I have to do for the field study?
There are two field studies to conduct: EDUC 632A for the first semester, and EDUC 632B for the second semester. Each one accompanies the PYP 630 & 631, the MYP 633 & 634, or the DP 635 & 636 courses so that the participant may actually pick a focus topic of an element of the IB Program within each course and implement it. The idea is to build experience by building a deeper understanding through application and practice.

The participant chooses an element of the IB Program to do a 30 hour research and application of skills project that includes a portfolio with supporting evidence and a reflection paper.

Guidance and suggestions will be provided throughout the courses before a topic is chosen for a field study.

Portfolio evidence can be, but is not limited to research, visitation, and observation of an IB School; implementing the element and best practices of the IB in your own classroom; etc. (You do not need to be working in an IB School.)
What kind of technology skills do I need to take an online course?
If you can send emails with attachments and do searches on the internet for resources, you have all the skills needed to take this course.

At the beginning of the course, there are further documents and explanations of how the courses work online before you start. Practice of how the program works is also provided.
What sort of materials will I need for this course?
Access to the internet and sites that are on the World Wide Web.

A computer that will be able to play videos (if you can watch a video on a website like YouTube, you will be able to play the videos on this CSUSM Moodle course.)

The ability to create PowerPoints and Word Documents. (If you do not own these programs, you may get a free Google email account and it will give you access to their Google Drive which will allow you to create documents and presentations.)

With the courses, participants will be provided an account to the IB Resource Center for access to IB documents and the ability to connect and interact with other IB Professionals and Educators around the world.

Textbooks are required for each of the courses.
What documentation do I need to provide for signing up for the Certificate Program?
Admissions requirements:

Step 1: Complete the online application form

Step 2: Attach transcripts from degree granting institution
  • Bachelor’s Degree (I.e. transcripts, academic records)
  • Teaching Credential or Equivalent Experience (I.e. Credential or Letter from Human Resources verifying employment)

Step 3: Pay fees
What is included in the fees?
The fees include the course curriculum (30 modules of instruction and practice over 8 months)

Access to the IB Resource Center for two years (only for teachers in IB schools or enrolled in the certificate program)

The IB Educator Certificate in Teaching and Learning from the IB (a $250 cost)
How do I apply for the IB Educator Certificate?
Course participants cannot apply directly for the IB Educator Certificate. Candidates are recommended for the certificate through the university.

The university collects an initial form from the course participants and sends it to the IB office in Bethesda Maryland. This officially enrolls the participants in the educator certificate programme. At the conclusion of the instruction, all participants who receive passing grades are recommended for the certificate from the IB. A second form is submitted along with fees by the university to the IB on the participant’s behalf. After processing, the IB mails the earned certificates to the participants.

Investment: USD 1800

Do not Pay Online on the website as the Fees will be taken once your transcripts have been reviewed by the University.
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