Teaching more than one IB programme

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) offers schools a continuum of four programmes of education. All IB programmes of education are philosophically aligned and consistent in their approach to teaching and learning.

Each programme, inspired by the IB the mission statement, aims to develop students through the attributes of the IB learner profile.

Schools that offer at least three of the core programmes are referred to as continuum schools.

Each of the programmes:

  • has a strong international dimension
  • develops intercultural understanding
  • requires study across a broad range of subjects
  • includes both individual subjects and interdisciplinary areas
  • gives special emphasis to learning languages
  • focuses on developing skills for lifelong learning
  • provides opportunities for individual and collaborative planning and research
  • encourages students to become responsible, active members of their community.

In order to teach the IB programmes of education, a school must be authorized. Find out how to become authorized as an IB World School.

Teaching and learning in the IB

In the coming months we will update this section to include information about different aspects of IB pedagogy, including the learning of a second language, and approaches to teaching and learning.

You can already read about the role of creativity in IB programmes, with more coming soon. 

Learn more about What is an IB education? in a workshop for DP teachers