Program Description

This graduate certificate brings international understanding to teacher education programs through highly qualified faculty and globally-minded students, preparing educators for domestic and international teaching assignments. Coursework in Advanced International Baccalaureate (AIB) Studies focuses on IB theory, pedagogy, and research and provides advanced professional development for teachers on the philosophy, elements, and assessments of the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), and Diploma Programme (DP). This program does not lead to licensure.

What it costs

The cost is $595.00 per credit hour for VA state residents or $505.75 per credit hour for VA state residents who are eligible and apply for the 15% PreK-12 VA Educators Discount. All out of state students qualify for an automatic 40% discount and a cost of $795 per credit hour. Fees include a $35 per credit hour Distance Education fee. Education Resource, New Student, and other mandatory university and course fees may apply.

Application Deadline

This program has an application deadline of April 1 for Fall and November 1 for Spring.

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Program Summary

100 Percent Online

Program: Advanced International Baccalaureate Studies

Degree: Graduate Certificate

College/School: College of Education and Human Development

Credits: 15 total

Accredited by Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) and International Baccalaureate (IB)

 Who should apply?

Experienced teachers with or without a master’s degree may apply for this program. This program may be completed concurrently with the face-to-face Curriculum and Instruction, MEd (Concentration in Teaching Culturally, Linguistically Diverse and Exceptional Learners) program. Or, students interested in pursuing a master’s degree in AIB studies may pursue the fully online Curriculum and Instruction, MEd (Concentration in ASTL: AIB Studies) program.

Why choose George Mason?

  • Mason is proud to be the first university in North America to offer graduate teacher education programs approved and accredited by the International Baccalaureate.
  • This graduate certificate provides a highly flexible course schedule while incorporating international understanding through highly qualified faculty and globally-minded students.
  • Students can begin the program in Fall or Spring, completing the certificate in as little as 18 months.
  • With the entire program offered in an asynchronous online format, you can complete coursework from anywhere and on your own schedule.
  • Successful completion of the graduate certificate program leads to eligibility to apply for the International Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching and Learning.
  • This program is accredited by the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP).

Program requirements may change; please refer to the Mason Course Catalog for the most up-to-date requirements.

Sufficient courses are offered to complete the entire program online. Most online courses are delivered asynchronously and offerings vary by semester.

Requirements: 15 credits total

  • EDUC 621 Teaching and Learning in the IB Program | 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
  • EDCI 777 Research to Practice | 3 credits

Tuition (2017-2018)

TUITION CLASSIFICATIONCOST PER CREDIT HOUR
Virginia Resident$595.00 plus fees
Virginia Resident and Prek-12 VA Educator
enrolled in a CEHD graduate program
$506.00*
Non-Virginia Resident$1,416.00 plus fees
Non-Virginia Resident enrolled in a CEHD
graduate program
$795.00** plus fees
Distance Education Fee$35
Education Resource Fee$60 - $100 (per semester)

*For Virginia Educators: Starting in Fall 2014, PreK-12 educators in Virginia may receive a 15% discount off of the university’s approved tuition rate for in-state CEHD graduate students. For application deadlines and requirements, see cehd.gmu.edu/tuition-discount-for-virginia-educators.

**For Out-of-State Students: Starting in Fall 2014, out-of-state CEHD students may receive an automatic discount of approximately 40% off of the university’s approved tuition rate for out-of-state graduate students. For further details, see cehd.gmu.edu/news/stories/tuition-discounts.

Please refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees.

Financial Aid

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.

Career Enhancement

This program is for teachers who are currently working, or wish to work, in International Baccalaureate schools worldwide. It develops research-focused, student-centered teacher leaders with coursework that focuses on the theory, pedagogy, and research that undergirds the International Baccalaureate program, specifically its Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme, and Diploma Programme.

Incorporating 15 credits of Advanced International Baccalaureate (AIB) coursework, this program leads to a graduate certificate in AIB Studies. Successful completion of the program leads to student eligibility to apply for the International Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching and Learning.

As a Mason student, you may contact Mason Career Services for more career information and counseling.

Further Studies

For students interested in pursuing a master’s degree in AIB studies, please see the fully online Curriculum and Instruction, MEd (Concentration in ASTL: AIB Studies) program. This graduate certificate program may also be completed concurrently with the face-to-face Curriculum and Instruction, MEd (Concentration in Teaching Culturally, Linguistically Diverse and Exceptional Learners) program.

USEFUL RESOURCES 
Program AdvisorAndreina Sanchez
Phone: (703) 993-3602
Email: msanch30@gmu.edu
Academic Program OfficeDivision of Advanced Professional Teacher Development and International Education (APTDIE)
Graduate School of Education
Phone: (703) 993-2794
APTDIE Email: dvrtch@gmu.edu
Program Websitehttps://gse.gmu.edu/teaching-culturally-diverse-exceptional-learners/
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All applicants should review the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) Admissions page. For international applicants, see guidelines for International Graduate Requirements and English Proficiency Exams.

Prerequisites

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of study (Some applicants with a lower GPA may be admitted provisionally if there is sufficient evidence of potential success)

Application Materials

  • Graduate application
  • Application fee
  • Goals statement (750-1000 words) that addresses reasons for choosing this program
  • Two sealed official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (applicants do not need to send in transcripts for courses taken at George Mason University)
  • Three letters of recommendation (use Letters of Recommendation Form)
  • Departmental Form

If you have any questions during the application process, please contact the CEHD Admissions Office at cehdgrad@gmu.edu or (703) 993-2010.