IB | Educator Certificate Program

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Glenn Odland

Dr. Odland is a veteran international educator, leader and speaker. He has led schools in both Canada and Singapore, served as a Managing Director in India and presented at conferences around the world. He is also an active member of the IB Educator Network (IBEN), presenting in all 3 regions of the IB globally. He is currently an adjunct professor and IBEC Program Manager at Western University (London, Ontario, Canada), and is also a Senior Leadership Executive with International Schools Services (ISS).

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 3,300 worldwide.

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International recognition

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Competitive advantage

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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).


IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning

This is a one-year, 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), MYP (Middle Years), or DP (Diploma) level.

The objective of this certificate is to provide in-service education to professionals who will be competent in identifying and responding to complex problems in curriculum and pedagogy. Emphasis is on developing thoughtful and reflective critical practitioners.

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 Certificate in Teaching and Learning and the IB Certificate in Leadership Practice are each comprised of 60 instructional hours (15 hours per module) and they are both delivered online.

This program of study is a course-based 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.


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
International Practicum or Equivalent Component

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

"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.

Beyond the program details



  • A four-year degree (20 full courses or equivalent) from an accredited university with a minimum “B” standing (70%)
  • Completion of – or enrollment in – a recognized teaching program or BEd program
  • 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.

English Proficiency Requirements

For direct admission, 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)

For further information, contact our Recruitment Officers.


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.

For further information, contact our Recruitment Officers.


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 isn’t 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 you 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 (RRSP) 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


Online and onsite courses are available via the Sakai OWL platform, although instructors of onsite courses use this tool to varying degrees as well. 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).

For online courses, you’re 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 Chrome, Safari, or Firefox; and/or Cisco MOVI client for PC or Mac
  • Audio headset and microphone for computer