Royal Roads one of five universities worldwide to pilot International Baccalaureate Leadership Certificates for teachers

May 23, 2012

Victoria – Royal Roads University and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization announced today a joint pilot that introduces two new teaching credentials: the International Baccalaureate Certificate in Leadership Practice and the Advanced Certificate in Leadership Research. Beginning this July, Royal Roads will incorporate the new IB leadership content into its Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Management (MAELM) program.

“This is quite significant as Royal Roads is one of only five universities in the world piloting the International Baccalaureate leadership certificates,” says Cyndi McLeod, vice-president, global advancement, marketing and business development. “Leadership courses are a natural fit for Royal Roads and we’re proud to be partnering with the IB, a well-established and internationally recognized educational organization, to deliver these unique certificates.”

The IB Leadership certificates enable teachers to deepen their understanding of principles and practices that will equip them to inspire and guide school communities as they successfully implement and sustain IB programmes in authorized IB World Schools.

“Students in MAELM program will not only receive their Master of Arts designation at completion of the program, they will qualify to receive one of the new International Baccalaureate Leadership Certificates, too,” McLeod said.

“By working closely with Royal Roads to embed the IB pedagogy in course content, the IB ensures that students receive rigorous inquiry into international education at the undergraduate and graduate levels,” explains Anthony Tait, director of professional development at the IB.

Along with Royal Roads, other universities offering the leadership certificate programs during the pilot are: California State University San Marcos, U.S.; Flinders University, Australia; Hong Kong Institute of Education, China; and Oakland University, U.S.

Royal Roads University was established by the Province of British Columbia in 1995 specifically to deliver quality applied and professional programs to advance professionals in the workplace. The university blends online and on-campus learning with current, real-world relevance for doctorate, graduate and undergraduate degrees, certificates, diplomas, executive, custom and continuing education.

The International Baccalaureate Organization, a non-profit foundation, is committed to professional development for educators worldwide and offers four challenging education programmes for a worldwide community of primary and secondary students and schools. Since 1968, IB programmes have prepared students to live productive lives in a globalized and interdependent society, and to assert leadership roles in the creation of a more peaceful and harmonious world. The IB currently operates learning programmes in more than 3,340 schools in 140 countries.


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