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    Course: IBEC - Primary Years Programme

    Welcome to the DePaul University International Baccalaureate Educator Certificate (IBEC) program in Teaching and Learning for the Primary Years Programme (PYP). This course shapes pre-service, new, and experienced educators like you into reflective practitioners and teacher-researchers ready for teaching within an IB PYP Programme.

    The IBEC PYP consists of four key modules/courses that are research-based and emphasize knowledge of the IB literature and ongoing research. This program focuses on developing practical knowledge of how the IB programmes are designed, interpreted, and implemented. This lays the foundation for how the programmes are delivered and assessed in support of your learning. Demonstrating an understanding of the IB’s programme curriculum frameworks and the processes that underpin them is thus an integral part of the knowledge that you should possess. The program provides you with an in-depth examination of the Primary Years Programme curriculum framework, processes of teaching and learning, methods of assessment, and the keys to implementing teaching within a global context.

    The IBEC PYP at DePaul University is a fully online program that is self-paced. You will not be required to follow a specific schedule or calendar. It can be completed in a minimum of two quarters or 22 weeks. The pre-requisite for enrollment in the fully online IBEC is that the candidate has earned a bachelor or master degree. No IB experience is needed.

    *International students, please email directly for registration.  If you have any difficulties or questions about the program, please email

    Programs Associated with this Course
    • Certificate in International Baccaleureate Educator
    Who Should Attend

    1. Professionals in any teaching capacity or those with a minimum of bachelor’s degree seeking training in the PYP
    2. In-service three through twelfth  grade teachers for the PYP
    3. In-service teachers at any grade interested in the PYP 


    From this PYP programme, participants will receive:

    • Conceptual understanding, contextual learning, inquiry and diverse assessments within the broader global framework of an IB education
    • Further engagement with essential questions through field experiences in International Baccalaureate World Schools
    • Direct experience with the application of theory of Understanding by Design in a global, internationally minded context
    • Capacity to be effective in one’s program of choice, regardless of IB school authorization status
    • Full understanding of best practices of IB instructional practices via DePaul University’s established partnership with IBWS throughout Chicago and the globe

    Professional Affiliations

    DePaul University International Baccalaureate Educator Certificate (IBEC) program in Teaching and Learning for the Primary Years Programme (PYP) is an academic certificate program recognized by International Baccalaureate.


    Module 1: Curriculum Processes in the International Baccalaureate (PYP)

    Unit 1: International Education & the Role & Philosophy of the IB Programme

    Unit 2: PYP Curriculum Frameworks (design principles, structures and practices)

    Unit 3: Curriculum & Instructional Design

    Unit 4: Curriculum Articulation

    Module 2: Teaching and learning in the IB School (PYP)

    Unit 5: Learning Theories, Strategies, and Styles in the IB Programme

    Unit 6: Teaching Methodologies & the Support of Learning

    Unit 7: Differentiated Teaching Strategies

    Unit 8: Selection & Evaluation of Tchg & Learning Materials

    Module 3: Assessment and Learning in the IB School (PYP)

    Unit 9: The Principles of Assessment

    Unit 10: Developing Assessment Strategies

    Unit 11: Designing Assessment Tasks & Rubrics

    Unit 12: Differentiation & Assessment

    Module 4: Professional Learning in a Global Context (PYP)

    Unit 13: Effective Feedback

    Unit 14: The Principles & Processes of Reflective Practice

    Unit 15: Collaborative Working-Planning, Implementation & Evaluation

    Unit 16: The Use of ICT to support the building of communities of practice


    For More Information, Contact:

    Brennan Palmer

    Phone: +1 773-325-2898

    Upcoming Class Offerings

    IBEC - Primary Years Programme

    Dates: Ongoing
    Meeting Pattern:Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat
    Time: -
    Location: Online
    Cost: $3,950.00
    Final Deadline: 06/30/2023

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