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IB Career Pathways Requirements

IB Career-Related Programme Requirements

The International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (CP) is designed for students in grades 11 and 12 who are interested in pursuing a career-related education.  The CP offers a learning and assessment programme that promotes access to an IB education while supporting and complementing a student’s career-related studies.  Commack is excited to offer four pathways: Business Administration, STEM, Health Sciences and Fine Arts

How can students earn the Career-Related Programme Certificate?

To be awarded the CP Certificate, students must:

  • Complete a minimum of 2 IB Diploma courses (spread over two years) and earn a minimum of a 3 on the exams (SL or HL). 

  • Complete a minimum of  2 full- year career-related study courses (spread over two years). (Two half-year courses may be substituted for one full-year course.)

  • Complete a Personal and Professional Skills course

  • Complete IB Career-Related Program Core Requirements (described below)

IB Career-Related Programme

Core Requirements

Personal and Professional Skills is a course that is part of the CP core focusing on ethics, communication, and problem solving. The course will be offered  over two years, every other day, along with the IB Research Methods course.

Reflective Project  is an independent investigation, guided by an adult supervisor, in which the student explores an ethical issue related to their career-related study. (Internally assessed).  This is a 3,000 word essay.

Service Learning is a compulsory element of the CP core, constituting a minimum 50 hours of authentic real-life service learning projects.  This can be a single service learning experience or an extended series of service learning experiences.  Students will have a SL coordinator that will meet various times throughout junior and senior years. 

Language Development can be fulfilled in one of the following ways:

  • Option A: The student takes an IB World Language course over two years in addition to at least two other IB courses and completes a language portfolio as part of the class. 

  • Option B: Take the IB Language B courses over two years as one of their DP courses. This option requires 50 or more additional hours of language enrichment and a language portfolio.  

  • Option C: Take Language & Culture 1 & 2 and complete the language portfolio in class and take two DP courses.