Program Overview

California State University in San Marcos offers students the opportunity to earn an additional education in a new innovative International Baccalaureate program. Students need not be practicing teachers, but a career in education is the ideal application of the certificate objectives. The learning objectives from the certificate are applicable for teachers or educators of primary and middle years of schooling (grades K-10). 

The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is designed to develop knowledgeable and caring young educators and service orientated individuals, who wish to create a better and more understanding environment through intercultural respect. The certificate program’s courses aim to give students the resources to critically reflect, develop research skills, learn how to acquire concepts and participate in community service.

Successful students can use the certificate program for new careers as credentialed teachers, experienced teachers or leaders and administrators in an educational institution. Some students may also apply the certificate program’s earned credit units towards their pursuit of a Master of Arts degree: General Option from CSUSM. 

Certificate students may gain the theoretical understanding as well as the practical experiences needed to comprehensively apply the learned courses in new educational ventures around the world. The program is comprised of courses covering concepts of philosophy, pedagogy, assessment, standards, grading, reporting, curriculum and technology. The courses intend to enhance an educator’s understanding of the principles and practices associated with the International Baccalaureate Primary Years and Middle Years Programs. Upon completion of the certificate programs required course, students may be eligible to apply and earn the IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning. 

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

    School Overview

    In 1989, California State Legislature approved the founding of California State University San Marcos and by 1990, the first 448 students were admitted. Rapid growth might be the best way to describe CSU San Marcos. Programs at CSU San Marcos encompass a large number of fields of study and students can pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and complete minor programs. 

    Prospective students can also enroll in distance learning at CSU San Marcos via the Extended Learning division. Online certificate programs enhance skill sets for working professionals. Students can complete career training programs through the University’s partnership with ed2go. Additionally, online professional development six-week courses offer wide-ranging programming.


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