Why the International Baccalaureate Curriculum Craze & How to Join?By Teachers.Net News Desk
The international education market is still buzzing about the International Baccalaureate curriculum because of the proliferation of schools using the IB curricula and because of the prestige that comes along with having the IB status.
The IB educational organization, founded in 1968, has headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Over the past few decades, IB has become widely known for world class academics, pedagogical leadership and high student achievement globally. In order to teach IB programs, schools must be authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization and become a recognized IB
The main challenge for teachers in obtaining IB teaching experience comes from the fact that there is no formal qualification to teach IB and that the experience must be obtained from on the job training at an IB World School. However, many IB schools do not hire or train teachers who do not have prior IB teaching experience. So, then how do you get into an IB school without prior IB experience? Some of our teachers have overcome that hurdle by applying for and getting hired by some of our
international IB school partners in the Middle East or the Far East that hire and train non-IB experienced teachers.
Getting a rare opportunity like this immediately boosts a teacher’s resume with valuable IB experience, opening doors to new opportunities for the future and giving teachers the experience of a whole new teaching philosophy.
There is also a second recommended step a teacher can take to indicate to potential employers one’s strong willingness and desire to teach according to the IB philosophy – pursuing IB certifications in teaching and learning research. These IB educator certificates complement a teacher’s academic qualifications and give teachers an upper hand when competing for an opening at
an IB World School.
To summarize, the following are the 5 top reasons why teachers go after IB teaching positions:
World class academics and high quality professional development with a focus on global education and continuous improvement; Innovative and diverse education frameworks with a focus on the depth of what the students are learning, and not just the breadth; A pedagogy known to produce high performing students who have an easier time going through postsecondary education after the demanding IB years; Rewarding international teaching careers and more teaching opportunities at IB World Schools; Gaining access to certification and degree programs offered by highly respected universities worldwide.
Hope you find this information useful in your pursuit of IB training and experience! Happy Learning!