IB pilot program begins at Royal Roads
Royal Roads is one of five universities in the world and the only one in Canada to offer new globally-recognized educational credentials as part of a pilot program with the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).
The other universities in the pilot program are California State University and Oakland University in the U.S.; Flinders University, Australia; and Hong Kong Institute of Education, China.
The International Baccalaureate Organization, a non-profit group founded in 1968, currently operates educational programs in more than 3,500 schools in 144 countries. More than 300 Canadian primary and secondary schools offer the program.
Students beginning their studies in July 2013 in either the MA in Educational Leadership and Management (MAELM) program, or the MA in Learning and Technology (MALAT) program, will be qualified to apply for one of the IB certificates upon graduation.
MAELM students can choose one of two new educational certificates: the IB Certificate in Leadership Practice or the IB Advanced Certificate in Leadership Research.
“Leadership courses are a natural fit for Royal Roads,” said Steve Grundy, vice president, academic and provost of Royal Roads University. “The IB philosophy of active study also aligns with our emphasis on applied learning.”
IB educators need to experience lifelong learning, says a spokesperson. “(RRU’s) course of study does just that by developing educators’ deep understanding of school improvement concepts and research,” said Anthony Tait, director of global professional development for the IBO. “In addition, the unique blended learning model the course offers is sure to enrich the learning experience for participants.”
As well as offering the pilot program certificates with the IBO, Royal Roads will offer its MALAT students the Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning Research, which is most appropriate for existing and experienced IB school educators.
“One of the biggest challenges that IB teachers face is the on-going rotation of administrators within the educational system,” said Shelley Maximitch Johnston, chair of the BC Association of IB World Schools. “When administrators come in, without prior IB knowledge or experience, it can take years for him/her to learn and embrace the IB philosophy.This certificate will definitely benefit any individual who pursues it.”
About the International Baccalaureate
The International Baccalaureate Organization, founded in Switzerland, is an internationally-recognized program for university-bound students. The IB program is offered from kindergarten to pre-university to more than one million students worldwide in public and private schools. The program integrates all major subject areas in a comprehensive curriculum that includes a focus on critical thinking, research skills, international awareness and community engagement. http://www.ibo.org