Mason Recognized by International Baccalaureate Organization

Posted: July 7, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jennifer Edgerly

Mason’s FAST TRAIN program within the College of Education and Human Development recently received unconditional authorization from the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) to offer a graduate studies program for International Baccalaureate (IB) teachers and those who would like to become IB teachers.

The first North American university to achieve recognition by the IBO for Level I and Level II award authorization, Mason now offers a certificate program and master’s degree in advanced studies in IB.

The fastest-growing model in K–12 education for U.S. schools, IB was originally conceived as a model curriculum based on inquiry that could be transferable as students moved with their families from post to post around the world. A grassroots effort created in Switzerland, IB has since grown to be recognized as one of the premier models for the preparation of internationally minded citizens.

“Historically, schools used their own in-house workshops to provide teacher preparation for IB programs,” says professor Beverly Shaklee, director of the international education center at Mason. “In recent years, schools realized that they and their teachers needed more than just pedagogy — they needed the theory and research that supports the pedagogy.”

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