International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme (DP) is a two-year, pre-college program. Students select IB courses in any of six subject areas: the student’s primary language, a second language, mathematics, experimental sciences, the arts and humanities. In addition, diploma students must meet three core elements: extended essay (EE) independent research, Theory of Knowledge (ToK) course, and Creativity, Action, Service (CAS).

The IB Career-Related Certificate (IBCC) Programme offers juniors and seniors the chance to become career-ready through rigorous, college-level IB coursework while developing career skills through nationally recognized training opportunities. IBCC students have a core of: community and service, language development, and a reflective project. The student will earn the Career-related Certificate and statement of results upon successful completion of the IBCC requirements.

IB exams are open to only IB Programme students. Students who score a 4 or higher on the IB exam may earn college credit at colleges and universities worldwide. Colleges and universities may grant transcripted credit based on student’s IB exam score(s). Students should check with individual colleges or universities for their current policies in granting college credit for successful completion of an IB exam.

Exam Reimbursements
The state will fully reimburse districts per exam for fee-reduced, low-income students and partially reimburse exams for non-fee-reduced students. Schools may collect unreimbursed exam fees from non-fee-reduced students. Schools are responsible to pay the entire cost of exam fees to the IBO. To qualify for exam fee reimbursement, schools are responsible for adhering to all application procedures and deadlines. Policy and procedures for IB Exam Reimbursement can be found below.

Teacher Training
The Minnesota Department of Education collaborates with the International Baccalaureate (IB), the IB Americas, and the Minnesota Association of IB World Schools (MNIB) in support of effective professional development for IB teachers and other interested educators. IB teacher training is offered both in Minnesota and at many out-of-state sites. MNIB offers several professional development opportunities throughout the year for IB teachers, coordinators and administrators. Visit the Minnesota Association of IB World Schools for more information, training dates and locations.