Program Overview

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.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    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).

    School Overview

    Oakland University was founded in 1957 when Matilda Dodge Wilson and her husband Alfred Wilson donated their 1,500-acre estate to Michigan State University. In 1959, what is now Oakland University opened under the name Michigan State University-Oakland. When it first opened there were only 570 students and the campus was comprised of just three buildings. In 1963, Michigan State University-Oakland was renamed Oakland University. Today it remains the only major public research university located in Oakland County, Michigan. Part of the mission of OU is “...In all its activities, Oakland University strives to exemplify educational leadership in a diverse and inclusive environment."

    Students enrolled at Oakland University have the choice of choosing a major in one of six different schools:

    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • School of Business Administration
    • School of Education and Human Services
    • School of Engineering and Computer Science
    • School of Health Science
    • School of Nursing

    To accommodate the busy lives of many of the students at Oakland University, there are a slew of online courses and many bachelor's and master's programs that can be completed entirely online. There are also numerous certificates that can be completed online and other degrees that can be completed partially online.


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