IB | Educator Certificate Program

Western Education has partnered with the International Baccalaureate® (IB) to offer the IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning and the IB Certificate in Leadership Practice.

IB World Schools often recruit teachers with prior IB experience, leaving those without with fewer employment opportunities. Western's IB Educator Certificates complement your academic qualifications, strengthening your ability to think critically using a global mindset and gaining you access to employment opportunities in over 350 IB World Schools in Canada and more than 5,400 worldwide.

International recognition

International recognition

Competitive advantage

Competitive advantage

More teaching opportunities

More teaching opportunities

Access to the IB network

Access to the IB network

"The International Baccalaureate mission has greatly influenced my view of education over the past two decades. It moved my thinking from a provincial/national focus to one that is truly global. The emphasis on the development of intercultural understanding and respect continues to be as relevant today as it was when the IB was founded. Through effective educational practices for learning, the mission truly permeates thinking, a way of being and is achieved through informed and meaningful action."

Nancy Fairburn

Former Head of Curriculum Development and Research, United World College of South-East Asia (UWCSEA), Singapore.  IBPYP Workshop Leader, IBPYP Evaluation Team Member.

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Beyond the program details



  • A four-year degree (20 full courses or equivalent) from an accredited university
  • A minimum “B” standing (70%) or equivalent
  • Completion of – or enrollment in – a recognized teaching program or BEd program
  • A minimum of 3 years of teaching experience is required for the Leadership Practice Certificate only*
  • English Proficiency Requirements


  • The successful completion of the IB Educator Certificate Program doesn’t lead to certification with the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT).
  • Teaching and Learning Certificate: Any student currently enrolled in a qualified teaching program can apply. Students do not have to be fully graduated or currently practicing teachers.


  • Bachelor of Education and Additional Qualification course grades are not used in calculating admission averages.
  • Applicants with 3-year degrees will be considered on a case-by-case basis if seats are available in programs. Successful experience as an educator in a professional setting may be considered in the selection process.
  • Probationary Status: If an applicant does not meet all of the minimum admission requirements (e.g. average below 70% and/or has only a 3-year degree plus B.Ed.) the applicant may be offered admission as a Probationary Student with Conditions.
  • Conditions: Applicants will be required to maintain a 75% average in each of these courses to clear conditions.

English Proficiency Requirements:

For admission into the IB Program, applicants must be from an English-speaking country or meet either of the following English test scores:

  • Min TOEFL ibt: 86.0 (Minimum reading: 20.0; Minimum writing: 20.0; Minimum listening: 20.0; Minimum speaking: 20.0)
  • Min IELTS average: 6.5 (Minimum reading: 6.0; Minimum writing: 6.0; Minimum listening: 6.0; Minimum speaking: 6.0)
  • Students whose first language is not English may be considered exempt from providing an English Proficiency test score if the student has studied academic courses, full time, for at least two years, in an English-speaking University.

For further information, email the IB Team.


IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning – $3,500

IB Certificate in Leadership Practice – $3,500

Tuition is paid by signing in to the IB application portal with your username and password. We accept payment using Visa and Mastercard.

Upon successful completion of the IB Educator Certificate Program, candidates must register with the IB to receive their official certificate. This fee is set by the IB organization directly and is not set by Western University. The IB registration fee is USD $265.

For further information, contact our IB Team.


The Faculty of Education recognizes the financial commitment required to pursue professional graduate studies.

As the majority of our programs are fully online, we offer students flexible learning that allows them to fund their education by remaining in their current employment. Some employers offer subsidization or time release opportunities for the professional learning of their employees. As a result, internal funding is not available for these programs.

There are also many external funding opportunities for competitive candidates in our professional programs. Download this PDF file for an additional list of over 30 external awards (see more information below). Also, visit online sites that contain numerous award opportunities.

Please note that students must apply for these awards individually. Read the qualifications carefully, and contact the award provider for more criteria and award information. Some application support is available from the Research Office for research-based awards only.

Many private financial institutions offer financing options (with particular rates and payment plans) to full-time students. Please contact a representative of your preferred financial institution for more information.

Provincial governments offer a variety of loan programs to help students finance their studies. Ontario residents may be eligible to apply for OSAP.

The Government of Canada's CanLearn website provides a listing of contact information for the offices of all government student financial assistance programs. Please visit CanLearn to find your province or territory listing. The Government of Canada implemented the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) to encourage higher education and training. The LLP allows you to withdraw up to $10,000 a year from your registered retirement savings plan (RRSPs) to finance training or education for you or your spouse or common-law partner. For further information on this plan, visit the government's website at www.ccra.gc.ca.


Instructors of onsite courses use the Sakai OWL platform, although it is not required.  Access to a course in Sakai OWL is typically opened the first business day of each term. Please note that although your own access may be granted prior to the first business day, course content may not be posted until closer to the scheduled term start. Your Western University login and password is required to access the course (your Western email without the @uwo.ca and its accompanying password). Access to Sakai OWL is found here: https://owl.uwo.ca/portal.

For online courses, students are required to have access to the following:

  • High speed Internet access
  • Access to a computer that enables connection to outside websites (flexible firewall restrictions)
  • Multimedia playback capabilities (video/audio)
  • WebCam
  • Computer capable of running a recent version of Internet Explorer, Safari, or Firefox; and/or Cisco MOVI client for PC or Mac
  • Audio headset and microphone for computer

Program information


Western Education offers two IB Educator Certificates: the IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning and the IB Certificate in Leadership Practice. Both provide cost-effective professional development that is delivered completely online.

The IB supports schools and teachers to provide a rigorous, high-quality education, offering professional development that improves pedagogy and leadership.

Important note

The successful completion of the IB Educator Certificate Program doesn’t lead to certification with the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT).

IBEC Program Policies & Guidelines


IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning

This is a six-month, online program for practicing and aspiring teachers that qualifies educators to register for the IB certificate in Teaching and Learning. You will become a reflective practitioner and teacher researcher capable of succeeding in an IB World School at the PYP (Primary Years, Pre-K to Grade 5), MYP (Middle Years, Grades 6-10), or DP (Diploma, Grades 11 & 12) level. If you select either the MYP or DP Programme, you must also select a specific subject for the focus of your IBEC. Western offers the following options:

Primary Years Programme (PYP)
  • K-G2
  • G3-G5
Middle Years Programme (MYP)
  • English Language and Literature
  • Individuals and Society
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Design
Diploma Programme (DP)
  • History
  • Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Language A: English Language and Literature
  • Mathematics

IB Certificate in Leadership Practice

This is a six-month, online program for practicing and aspiring leaders that qualifies educators to register for the IB Certificate in Leadership Practice. You will build confidence in implementing and sustaining IB programs in IB World Schools.

The objective of this certificate is to develop and refine leadership capabilities in an IB context. This certificate is designed for educators and administrators looking to apply, implement and sustain IB programs in IB World School.

Students must register with the IB directly in order to access IB resources and to receive official certification with IBEC at the end of the program. Please note that IBEC has their own fee for certification. This fee is not set by Western.

Timing & Delivery

The IB Educator Certificate program is a 6-month program offered fully online. This program is comprised of 4 consecutive modules equalling 60 instructional hours (15 hours per module). Each module is 5 weeks in length with a compulsory break in between the start of each module. In total, the entire program is completed within a scheduled 26-week timeframe.

This program of study is a cohort model. Approximately 20 students will be admitted to each cohort. This cohort structure will provide ongoing support within the course work, enabling students to develop a professional community of practice. To ensure the integrity of the cohort model, continuous enrollment is required and will necessitate that students complete all the required courses within the timeframe stipulated.

Program start dates: September and January


IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning

Module Course
1 Philosophy and Program Components
2 Teaching and Learning
3 Assessment, Evaluation, and Impactful Student Feedback
4 Professional Learning Practicum/PLC Experience

IB Certificate in Leadership Practice

Module Course
1 Leading in an IB World School
2 Instructional Leadership
3 Leading Learning Communities
4 Leading Beyond the School Walls