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School of Education - George Mason University
A concentration in International Baccalaureate gives you a rich, in-depth learning experience and the flexibility to follow a learning model that best fits your career path.

This program focuses on the theory, pedagogy, and research undergirding the International Baccalaureate programs. Students gain an understanding of the philosophy, elements, and assessments of the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), and Diploma Programme (DP).

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?

Teachers who are new to the field of education and new to IB curriculum and pedagogy would benefit from the foundational knowledge this program provides. Graduates will also grow their careers with the advantages of a master’s degree, including the possibility of increased pay.

Who Should Apply?

Educators seeking the IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning should apply. Educators holding a bachelor's degree with or without a master's degree may apply for the program.