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What is the IB Program?

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.” ibo.org (Use this website for more information.)

Which IB Certificate Programs does California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) offer?

We have three programs available at this time.

  • 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.

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.

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.

How long is the total IB Educator Certificate in Teaching and Learning program?

  • The certificate program is completed in 8 months.

When are the start dates for upcoming cohort?

January 4, 2017

April 19, 2017

August 2, 2017

 What courses would I be taking?

For the Primary Years Program (PYP)- Ages 3-12

First Session

EDUC 630 - From Theory to Practice:

a 3 unit course that requires about 3 hours of participation a week.

Second Session

EDUC 631 From Instruction to Action: a 3 unit course that requires about 3 hours of participation a week.

EDUC 632A - a 2 unit independent 30 hour field study created over 3.5 months.

EDUC 632B - a 2 unit independent 30 hour field study created over 3.5 months.

For the Middle Years Program (MYP) - Ages 11-16

First Session

EDUC 633 - From Theory to Practice:

a 3 unit course that requires about 3 hours of participation a week.

Second Session

EDUC 634 From Instruction to Action: a 3 unit course that requires about 3 hours of participation a week.

EDUC 632A - a 2 unit independent 30 hour field study created over 3.5 months.

EDUC 632B - a 2 unit independent 30 hour field study created over 3.5 months.

 

For the Diploma Program (DP) - Ages 17-18

First Session

EDUC 635 - From Theory to Practice:

a 3 unit course that requires about 3 hours of participation a week.

Second Session

EDUC 636 From Instruction to Action: a 3 unit course that requires about 3 hours of participation a week.

EDUC 632A - a 2 unit independent 30 hour field study created over 3.5 months.

EDUC 632B - a 2 unit independent 30 hour field study created over 3.5 months.

What will I learn and how are the courses formatted?

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

12.   Other information unique to the level of coursework.

  • The course will follow 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.)
  • Required Textbooks for Primary Years and Middle Years Only
    • Barell, J.  (2016) Why are school buses always yellow? Thousand Oaks, CA:  Corwin Press. 
    • Wiggins, G. and McTighe, J. (2004) Understanding by design professional development workbook.  Alexandria, VA: ACSD (Please make sure that it is the “Workbook” because these authors title many of their texts very similarly.)
  • Required Textbooks for Diploma Program Only
    • Sackstein, S. (2016). The Power of questioning: Opening up the world of student inquiry.  Lanham,MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
    • Wiggins, G. and McTighe, J. (2004) Understanding by design professional development workbook.  Alexandria, VA: ACSD (Please make sure that it is the “Workbook” because these authors title many of their texts very similarly.)

The participant will need to independently buy these texts off an internet website and have them shipped to their home. Amazon and other companies offer these texts.

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

What educational experience do I need?

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Teaching credential or equivalent

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, resume)

*if you have any questions regarding the requirements, please contact el@csusm.edu

 

How much does the course cost?

The cost of the program is: $3,630.00 (10 units x $350 per unit + $130 semester fee)

Or

You can pay per semester: $1815 (5 units x $350 per unit +$65 semester fee)

How do I apply in the class?

http://www.csusm.edu/el/certificateprograms/teachereducation/ib/ibhowtoregister.html

DP Subject Areas

Please check the specific subject areas that you teach or plan to teach:

Group 1: Studies in language and literature

  •         Language A: Literature
  •         Language A: Language and Literature
  •         Literature and Performance

Group 2: Language Acquisition

  •         Language Ab Initio
  •         Language B

Group 3: Individuals and Societies

  •         Business Management
  •         Economics
  •         Geography
  •         Global Politics
  •         History
  •         Information Technology in a Global Society
  •         Philosophy
  •         Psychology
  •         Social and Cultural Anthropology
  •         World Religions

Group 4: Sciences

  •         Biology
  •         Computer Science
  •         Chemistry
  •         Design Technology
  •         Environmental Systems and Societies
  •         Physics
  •         Sports, Exercise, and Health Science

Group 5: Mathematics

  •         Mathematical Studies
  •         Mathematics
  •         Further Mathematics

Group 6: The Arts

  •         Dance
  •         Film
  •         Music
  •         Theatre
  •         Visual Arts