UBC’s International Baccalaureate Educator Stream Canada’s first IB-recognized teacher education program

Teacher candidates in UBC’s IB educator stream have an interest in an international education that is concept-based, inquiry-driven and student-centred. Guided by key concepts and transdisciplinary themes, teachers create enriching, hands-on learning opportunities that promote discovery, exploration and thinking about real-world issues. UBC’s Teacher Education Program was recognized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) due to its strong alignment with the educational practices and underpinnings of the IB, including a focus on inquiry, reflective practice, Indigenous perspectives, and diversity in its many forms.

Once admitted to the BEd program, teacher candidates may indicate their interest in the IB stream by either registering into the IB cohort (elementary) or expressing their interest after registration (secondary). Prior experience with International Baccalaureate is desirable but not a pre-requisite. A registration information package will be sent to all with more specific details.

IB teacher candidates take a mandatory orientation session during the week before the program begins in September (one day for elementary; four days for secondary), a weekly IB seminar and an IB-oriented inquiry seminar during Terms 1 and 2, and undertake practica in IB World Schools.

Candidates will be invited to enrol for an IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning from the IBO for the PYP, MYP or DP during September.

Teacher candidates learn about IB education through the following options:

IB Primary Years Programme (PYP)
An IB cohort at the elementary level

IB Middle Years Programme (MYP)
An IB option at the secondary level

IB Diploma Programme (DP)
An IB option at the secondary level

Admissions — Academic Requirements