International Education Certificate (IB Teacher Award Level 1)
Oakland University offers an online Graduate Certificate in International Education (IB Teacher Award Level 1). This program is ideal for teachers who are currently teaching in IB schools and those who want professional preparation to do so. Students are taught to understand the foundations of IB programs and will receive instruction in how to create curriculum that reflects international perspectives in K-12 schools. Credits received completing this program can be applied toward a Master’s in Educational Studies at Oakland. This program is unique in that only 12 of its kind exist in universities around the world.
Oakland University’s online programs combine traditional education with new, innovative technologies that allow for students to complete all or most of their degree through computer coursework. Online courses share many of the common features of traditional classes such as a teacher, peers, a syllabus, reading material, course activities, and evaluations. The difference is that most participation occurs online rather than having face-to-face discussions in a classroom; for instance, students would discuss material on a threaded discussion board, or as part of a chat room. Not all programs are completely online, so applicants should choose their degree programs appropriately. Some students may appreciate a flexible blend of online and on-campus courses. Online courses are usually synchronous in format (meaning that course work follows the same schedule as on-campus class equivalents and assignments are due on the same dates).
The IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning is a 20 credit hour program. Course requirements include: Philosophy and Practice I and II; International and Global Education I and II; Teaching, Learning, and the Curriculum; Curriculum and Instruction in the Classroom; Assessment to Support Learning; Assessment in the Classroom; Professional Learning through Reflective Practice and Research; and Professional Learning through Collaborative Action Research.
Delivery Format:100% Online
Students must have a Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative grade‐point average of 3.0 or better (improved grades in recent coursework will be considered).
Accreditation & Licensing
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
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