Tuesday, August 14, 2018

International Baccalaureate teaching certificate now available to secondary teacher education students

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The SOE is launching an International Baccalaureate (IB) teaching certificate for undergraduate and graduate students completing secondary teacher certification at the school. Beginning this month, the current cohort of Secondary Master of Arts with Teacher Certification (SecMAC) students will be the first group eligible for the certificate program. Beginning in January 2019, the certificate will also be available to undergraduates.

The International Baccalaureate Organization authorized the SOE to offer the certificate at both the Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme levels, speaking to the organization’s confidence in SOE curriculum and instruction.

IB programmes are prevalent around the world and include more than one million students and 70,000 teachers. IB curricula are designed to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who are motivated to succeed. IB programmes place particular emphasis on intercultural understanding and respect; encouraging students to think critically and challenge assumptions; and developing multilingual students.

Professor Maria Coolican led the development of the IB certificate program, which is comprised of three online modules and several in-person meetings, and culminates with students producing a capstone portfolio that showcases their IB teaching skills. Coolican has partnered with local IB schools, including Ann Arbor Public Schools, Washtenaw International High School, and the International Academy to develop the curriculum. With 93 IB programmes in Michigan, expanded partnerships are on the horizon.

Nearly two thirds of the current SecMAC cohort is pursuing the IB certificate. The certificate may also be of interest to the growing population of University of Michigan undergraduates prepared in IB schools.

Interested students may contact Professor Coolican for more information or to get started with the certification program.

Maria J. Coolican is Clinical Assistant Professor; Project Director, Ann Arbor Languages Partnership

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