International Baccalaureate (IB)

Canada’s first IB-recognized teacher education program

Global perspectives are key to education: this central tenet of the International Baccalaureate is shared by the University of British Columbia, Canada’s first IB teacher education program.

International students holding a degree from an accredited institution are welcome to apply to UBC’s IB Educator stream. UBC is an international university that attracts 50,000 students from 140 countries around the world, including over 1,000 IB diploma graduates.

Become an IB educator at UBC. Our campus is located in a spectacular park next to the Pacific Ocean, adjacent to Vancouver’s and Richmond’s vibrant multicultural communities and only two hours away from Whistler. UBC has one of the world’s leading faculties of education – focused on excellence in research, teaching and learning, and aboriginal, community and international engagement.

Learn more about how to become an IB educator at UBC.


UBC’s 11-month IB Educator stream within its Teacher Education program meets the needs of an increasing demand for globally-minded, reflective educators. Integrated throughout the program are inquiry-based learning plus a focus on indigenous perspectives and social and ecological justice. All candidates undertake coursework in teaching English and French as additional languages as well as working with diverse learners.

Throughout the year, IB-stream candidates participate in regular seminars with IB educators as they prepare for field experiences and practica in leading IB World schools in and around Vancouver and western Canada. Graduates receive not only a UBC Bachelor of Education but also an IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning for the Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme or Diploma Programme. Both credentials are recognized world-wide.

Learn about admissions, and find helpful information for international students here.

Hear from our students

My time in the IB cohort has been fundamental to my aspirations and education as a teacher. I recommend the IB cohort program to any aspiring teacher who believes that we must educate our youth to learn holistically and be aware of the greater world. The skills learned in the program are essential for any caring and thoughtful educator.

Nazanin Hozar, Teacher Candidate
UBC Diploma Programme

Being in the IB-PYP cohort has provided me with the ideal platform to foster my development as teacher. IB provides a well-rounded framework that concentrates on the academic and social aspects of an education, emphasizing that students create positive change in the world. As a teacher I am inspired to do the same. For this, and many other reasons, I definitely recommend the IB program.

Randi Crace Teacher Candidate
UBC Primary Years Programme

The level of commitment from our IB instructor is absolutely phenomenal. I believe because of this program I will look at teaching in a different way and my practice will be better because of it. It is a challenging course that requires you to look at teaching from a different perspective. Additionally the camaraderie that was created with my IB cohort was indescribable and made the transition into education a welcoming experience.

Justin Siray, Teacher Candidate
UBC Middle Years Programme

Hear from IB Educators

The IB program is an exciting learning option for 21st century students and teachers. Through the IB suite of programs, students experience genuine inquiry into topics that engage in real world learning experiences; students seek answers to thought-provoking questions that require critical and creative thinking. In the IB, teachers and students plan with the end result in mind—which in an IB school is a world class, globally minded education.

Kathleen Barter
Vice Principal & IB Educator