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How to Become an IB / IGCSE Teacher in India
IB / IGCSE Teacher

To be a tutor, you should not only encompass the deep knowledge in your subject area but also you must have the skill to convey the knowledge productively to the students in the classroom. The apt supervision by a tutor and his/her creativity in mentoring is what makes them unique from one another. But first let us find out what an IB and IGCSE board is?.


IB is the contraction for a very well-known global board, International Baccalaureate. It is a educational institution that is acknowledged worldwide and contains three types of educational plans, such as – The primary years’ Program (Kindergarten – Class 5), The middle years’ Program (Class 6 – Class 10), The diploma Program (Class 11 to Class 12). Schools which are identified by the IB institution are known as IB World Schools and there are 18 IB World Schools in India. Baccalaureate Academy in Delhi in an International School that also has an IBDP/ PYP/ MYP Program.


IGCSE is the contraction for The International General Certificate of Secondary Education. It is an English language syllabus that is provided to students to develop them for IB, A-level and BTEC Level 3. This constitutes three academic programs such as – Cambridge Primary (5-11 years old), Cambridge Secondary 1 (11-14 years old) and Cambridge secondary 2 (14-16 years old). Baccalaurete Academy is one of the Best IGCSE Schools in Delhi.

One of the basic contrasts between the two boards is that IB is an academic infrastructure and IGCSE is an effective curriculum based on the English national curriculum. IB board is more practical, concentrating on the varied interests of every student. On the other hand, the IGSCE board seems to be more conceptual; the students are guided a lot by the teachers.

Parents tend to opt IB/ IGCSE board for their children as it has been pronounced that the students often perform better, think individually, and take part in programs which could guide them to few high ranking universities in the world. Selecting the correct board for your child can have a great impact on their career in the long run!

How to become an IB/ IGCSE Teacher in India:
1) Types of IB Certifications for Teachers

The IB certificate in teaching and learning and the IB advanced certificate in teaching and learning research are two types of certificates provided by the IB program and they are mentioned to as IB Awards. A teacher can get both the certificates. For the IB certificate in teaching and learning, the teacher must state the IB Program for which it is to be used (primary, middle or diploma program).

2) Eligibility

To earn an IB certificate, there are three essentials. Firstly, you must hold a teaching license. Secondly, it is mandatory for you to complete a graduate degree program in the subject area you desire to teach and lastly, you must have at least three years of experience as a classroom teacher.

However, for those pursuing the advanced teaching and learning research certificate, require additional qualifications which include having an experience in teaching for 5 years at least as an IB teacher out of which 3 years teaching the same IB courses in a particular school.

3) Earning a Certificate

One of the first steps to earn a certificate is to register for a course of study at an acclaimed university for seeking the IB certificate. There are several universities which offer an online course for the aspiring IB teachers who don’t have the universities nearby.

The workshops are arranged in a manner to present the teachers with IB principles and how to apply it in the classroom. Following you having successfully completed the course, you have to officially register for the certificate by filling the registration form and paying the mentioned registration fee. This form should be submitted within one month of completion of the course.

There are various institutes which offer a course for seeking the IB certificate, according to your preference, you may select one which offers online courses if the institutes are not nearby you.

Some of the well-known institutes are Indus Training and Research Institute, The Hans India and Deccan Chronicle.

4) Qualities That Make You an IB/ IGCSE Teacher

“IB teachers are long standing learners themselves who aspire to develop the similar deep interest in their students”. The advent of IB teachers towards their students includes innovation, honesty, and docility which make them distinguished from other teachers. They opt for an analytical approach for all students with and with the intention of molding their students into socially responsible citizens.

IGCSE teachers have a confident persona and engage every student present with their subject; they are also accountable for themselves and responsive to others at the same time.

They have to be enthusiastic while working with young people, docile, with global consciousness and much to offer. They should be actively involved in academics and extra-curricular activities. And most significantly they must be keen to grow professionally.

Once you have earned an IB/ IGCSE certificate from a university, the next step is applying for a job to help shape student’s careers! Explore on the internet and check out for any openings for a job as an IB/IGCSE teacher and send in your resume. Various Indian employment sites can help you finding you a suitable job as an IB teacher.