Teachers Now Can Earn International Baccalaureate Certification at UM
MISSOULA – The new International Baccalaureate Educator certificate program at the University of Montana has received unanimous, unconditional recognition and approval from the International Baccalaureate Organization.
The IB Educator Certificate, which is housed in UM’s Department of Teaching & Learning, is a professional certificate that complements students’ academic qualifications and provides them with the initial requirements to teach in a school that has been authorized to provide IB programs.
IB programs prepare students – from elementary to the high school level – for higher education learning. The certificate program equips teachers to instruct IB curriculum, which adheres to more rigorous academic standards and ensures that students receive an education that encourages independent student-lead learning, cultural and linguistic awareness, and thorough preparation for higher education.
The required courses for this unique certificate program include content focused on foundations and principles of IB programs, teaching and learning in IB programs, and assessment and measurement practices for international education. The only one of its kind in the region, and only one of a handful of IBO-university partnerships in the U.S., this certificate program has significant implications for global education on a state, national and global scale.
Under the direction of UM Assistant Professor Lucila Rudge, Montana IB practitioners will co-teach the courses along with UM faculty.
“Collaborating with IB teachers has been a very rich and rewarding experience,” Rudge said. “Their knowledge of IB content and practice is an invaluable asset for this program.”
The IB program of study includes a sequence of three graduate-level courses that begin during summer sessions and continue throughout the academic year. These courses can be completed as a stand-alone program or applied toward a master’s or doctoral degree program. The course of study is designed to ensure in-depth knowledge and understanding of IB content, principles and practices and is open to teachers across the U.S. and around the world. Distance students will join the class synchronously via web-conferencing.
“This is an exciting opportunity for teachers regionally and around the world,” said Adrea Lawrence, associate professor and department chair in the UM Department of Teaching & Learning. “The IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning will provide teachers a foundation in inquiry-based learning and assessment.”