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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.

**Note: As of Fall 2023, The ASTL Advanced International Baccalaureate Research Concentration has moved to cohort-only and is no longer accepting individual applications.

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.