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Graduates of this program are eligible to register for the IB Teacher Award Level 1.
The program provides knowledge and experiences related to understanding teaching, learning, assessment, and international-mindedness within International Baccalaureate (IB) schools. It is appropriate for teachers who are currently teaching within IB schools, as well as those who are not teaching in IB schools but who seek professional preparation for doing so. Graduates of the program will understand the foundations of IB programs of study and will be prepared to engage in curriculum development and implementation that reflects international perspectives in K-12 schools.
Students in the program take 20 credits of educational studies coursework within a cohort and should complete certificate program requirements within two years.
Relationship to the Master of Education in educational studies
Certificate program applicants are encouraged to apply simultaneously to the Master of Education in educational studies degree program. All courses in the certificate can be applied to this M.Ed. program, which is a 32-credit program.
After completing certificate requirements, students pursuing this M.Ed. degree will work individually with a faculty adviser to determine which elective courses are needed to complete their M.Ed. degree requirements. For more information, contact the Department of Teacher Development and Educational Studies.
Admission terms and application deadlines
Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning by the semester deadlines listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.
To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:
- Additional department application requirements
- Goal statement
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above
- K-12 teaching experience
- Communication skills commensurate with graduate-level scholarship
- OU-IB Teacher Development certificate Program form.
Admission review and assessment
Admission to graduate study at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning, each department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their undergraduate records, goal statement, letters of recommendation, prerequisite courses and any other admission requirements established by the academic department.