MEd Advanced Studies in International Baccalaureate Research
The ASTL concentration in advanced International Baccalaureate (IB) research provides in-depth professional development for teachers in the philosophy, elements, and assessments of the IB Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme, and Diploma Programme.
Course work focuses on the theory, pedagogy, and research supporting the IB programs. Upon completion of 15 credits of concentration courses, teachers may apply to the IB organization for the IB certificate in teaching and learning.
Upon successful completion of the degree, as well as fulfillment of the IB’s teaching experience requirements, educators can register with the IB organization for the advanced certificate in teaching and learning research.
What Is IB, and Why Is It Important in the Field of Education?
The IB Organization is a global organization with nearly five thousand high-performing schools around the world employing over seventy thousand educators and reaching more than one million students. IB programs focus on curriculums that develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who are motivated to succeed. IB has grown in reputation and popularity, and there are now more than seventy PK–12 schools offering IB programs in Virginia, including several close to Mason.
What Is Unique about Mason's Program?
Mason is proud to have been the first university in North America to offer graduate teacher education programs approved and accredited by the IB. Mason is also uniquely able to leverage our close physical proximity to the IB Global Centre, which is located in Washington, D.C.
Who Can Benefit from the Program?
Mason’s ASTL concentration in advanced International Baccalaureate research is for educators with at least one year of experience who want to sharpen their content knowledge and research skills while becoming experts in this internationally renowned curriculum. Graduates will also grow their careers with the advantages of a master’s degree, including the possibility of increased pay and the opportunity to be curriculum leaders in their schools.
Who Should Apply?
Educators seeking the IB's advanced certificate in teaching and learning research should apply. Educators holding a bachelor's degree with or without a master's degree may apply for the full master's degree program, which includes 12 credits of core education courses and 18 credits of IB courses chosen with support from a Mason advisor. This is not an initial licensure program.
Core Courses (12 credits)
- EDUC 606: Education and Culture (3 credits)
- EDUC 612: Inquiry into Practice (2 credits)
- EDUC 613: How Students Learn (3 credits)
- EDUC 614: Designing and Assessing Teaching and Learning (2 credits)
- EDUC 615: Educational Change (2 credits)
Concentration Courses (18 credits)
- EDUC 621: Teaching and Learning in the International Baccalaureate Programme (3 credits)
- EDUC 622: Curriculum Development across IB Programs (3 credits)
- EDUC 623: Models and Strategies for Teaching and Learning in IB Schools (3 credits)
- EDUC 624: Assessment and Learning in IB Schools (3 credits)
- EDUC 626: Inquiry into Action: IB Teachers, Learners, and Schools (3 credits)
- EDUC 627: Contemporary Issues and Trends in IB (3 credits)
Total: 30 credits
Program Exit Requirement
Professional Development Portfolio: A performance-based assessment that provides concrete evidence of teacher professional development throughout the ASTL program. Students finalize and present their portfolios in their final spring semester.
- Program can be completed 100% online or blended (IB courses are all 100% online; Core courses offered both face-to-face and online)
- Designed to be completed in approximately two years while working full time as a teacher.
- This program is accredited by the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP).
- Successful completion of the master’s program leads to eligibility to apply for the IB advanced certificate in teaching and learning research.
- Classes begin every May and August (Summer and Fall admissions only)
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Priority*: April 1
Space Available: August 21
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Priority*: February 1
Space Available: May 15
For more information and to apply, visit the admissions website.
* Priority deadline ensures consideration for the intended semester as well as financial aid options for students. Programs will continue to review applications until at capacity. Some programs do not review applications past the priority deadline.
All application materials must be submitted through Mason’s online graduate application. In addition to meeting general university admissions requirements, applicants will need to provide the requirements below. Please review the FAQ page for more information.
To be considered for graduate studies, the following items are evaluated during the admission review process:
- Graduate application and fee
- 750- to 1,000-word written statement of your goals and interest in the program
- Current resume
- Two letters of recommendation: Applicants should follow the instructions included in the online application to submit the recommendation forms directly to their recommenders. Mason does not accept paper recommendations. Recommendations should be professional or academic in nature.
- Transcripts from all previous institutions attended in the United States. Please refer to the Office of Graduate Admissions information page for specific requirements regarding uploading unofficial transcripts.
- Applicants with transcripts from institutions outside of the United States could have additional requirements. Please refer to the How To Apply page for specific requirements about submitting international transcripts, evaluations, and English language proficiency.
Admission to graduate programs at George Mason University is competitive. Applicants are evaluated on the strength of their academic backgrounds, results of standardized exams (if required by the program), work experience, and any additional evidence of potential success in the program. Faculty admissions review is a holistic review of requirements as well as the applicant’s potential academic and professional success upon completion of the program.
At a minimum all admitted students must have:
- An earned baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or international equivalent, verified from official transcripts. Expectation of an earned baccalaureate prior to the first day of classes for the term for which the student is applying will also meet this requirement. See the graduate admissions policy for more information.
- A minimum 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale in baccalaureate study. The GPA requirement may be higher for some graduate programs. The university, at its discretion, may additionally consider the difficulty of the baccalaureate degree, relevant work experience, and/or other evidence of ability to succeed in graduate study when evaluating the GPA requirement.
- International students should reference Admission of International Students for additional requirements.
|TUITION CLASSIFICATION||COST PER CREDIT|
(includes MSF*; discounted from $1,624.25)
|VA Resident and PK-12 VA Educator enrolled in a CEHD graduate program**||$603.25
|CEHD Course Fee||$25.00 - $84.00|
|Total Cost for Virginia Residents per Credit||$734.70 - $793.70|
|Total Cost for Non-Virginia Residents per Credit||$934.70 - $993.70|
|Total cost for VA Resident and PK-12 VA Educator enrolled in a CEHD graduate program*||$628.25 - $687.25|
|Graduate New Student Fee
(non-refundable, one-time fee)
Please Note: Refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees. Internship courses will incur a higher course fee to fund on-site assistance involving intensive clinical training/supervision.
*Mandatory Student Fee (MSF): $150.25
**VA state residents who are eligible must apply for the 15% PreK-16 VA Educators Discount in order to take advantage of the lower tuition. Eligible students receive 15% off the total tuition and mandatory student fee.
For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers, and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department. Also, many school districts offer tuition reimbursement options. Speak to your employer for more information.
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You Have the Keys to Success:
Be an Informed Student
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Advanced International Baccalaureate Research Concentration: Academic Advisor
ASTL Academic Advisors guide students through their program of study. After admission, reach out to your advisor to plan your program of study and plan for your first course! Stay in touch with your advisor each semester to consult on your course selection and program progress.