What is ISTE Certification?
ISTE Certification for Educators is the only vendor-neutral, internationally recognized credential for educators who have demonstrated mastery of the ISTE Standards for Educators. ISTE Certification focuses on pedagogy, not on tools or devices, and is designed to change your educational practice, whether you’re an instructional designer, library media specialist, technology coach or in another role. The program combines 14 weeks of professional learning with a six-month portfolio application and review process, and recipients can apply to receive up to four graduate-level credits for their participation. Is it rigorous? Yes. Is it worth it? Yes!
Why get ISTE certified?
ISTE Certification challenges you to stretch yourself as an educator and positions you as an expert among your colleagues. Becoming ISTE certified:
[Download the syllabus]
- Deepens and expands your teaching skill set in applying the ISTE Standards for Educators in practice.
- Allows you to earn up to four graduate-level credits.
- Connects you with an international community of education change-makers.
- Prepares you to model effective practice for others in your school or district.
[Download the syllabus]
What makes ISTE Certification unique?
Focus on pedagogy: ISTE Certification prioritizes pedagogy over learning specific tools or devices and is designed to change your practice.
Credible design: ISTE Certification is grounded in the ISTE Standards for Educators and is facilitated by ISTE Certified Trainers who are vetted and trained by ISTE, are experts in their field and who have demonstrated a deep understanding of the ISTE Standards in practice.
Rigor: The program involves 14 weeks of online learning, followed by up to six months to apply learning and develop job-embedded artifacts for portfolio submission. Participants can apply for up to four graduate-level credits.
Outcomes: ISTE Certified Educators are prepared to model effective practice for others in their schools.
Lifelong community: ISTE Certified Educators join a global community of educators dedicated to supporting each other as they put the Educator Standards into practice.
Steps to becoming an ISTE Certified Educator
- Sign up for fully online training with Butler County ESC.
- Participate in the 14-week online professional learning course that takes about 40 hours to complete. Download the syllabus for full details.
- After successful completion of the online learning program, you’ll have six months to prepare and submit a full portfolio, which typically takes about 40 hours to curate. During the process, you can access a certification portal with support resources, as well as a community of others seeking the ISTE Certification. Once submitted, a team of trained evaluators will review your portfolio. Successfully meet the criteria and you’ll become an ISTE Certified Educator!
Each session consists of one required virtual meeting followed by 8-10 hours of asynchronous coursework. Click each section below to learn more.
Pre-Work Session (three weeks, 8-10 hours total)
- Build a baseline on how to navigate the overall learning experience of the course.
- Introduced yourself to ISTE’s Educator Standards and begin to synthesize and internalize the meaning of the standards.
- Leverage your Professional Learning Community as a resource for continued development.
Session 1 (two weeks, 8-10 hours)
ISTE strives to empower educators with the skills necessary to advocate for equitable access while creating personalized and authentic learning experiences for all students.
- Take an active role in applying the ISTE standards by establishing personal and professional learning goals.
- Reflect, personally and as a group, on personal strengths and weaknesses to the standards and set a shared vision.
- Explore personalization strategies that foster independence, accommodate learner needs, and provide alternative assessments.
Session 2 (two weeks, 8-10 hours)
As technology has changed the landscape for teaching and learning, we now have an opportunity to leverage technology to close the achievement gap intentionally.
- Take a hands-on approach to designing learning experiences that meet all learners' needs.
- Take a closer look at how important it is to help learners develop skills in identifying credible sources online and other critical digital citizenship skills.
- Deepen your understanding of the ISTE standards by reflecting on current practice and brainstorming new strategies to deepen the practice.
- Redesign a lesson while leveraging the Universal Design Principles.
- Curate and assess a list of digital tools.
Session 3 (two weeks, 8-10 hours)
Technology has given us an opportunity to design authentic, digital learning environments that recognize and accommodate learner variability.
- Explore digital learning environments such as online or blended learning models and lift up best practices within each model.
- Identify a digital access issue within your district/school and leverage the Computational Thinking/Design Thinking process to advocate equitable access.
Session 4 (two weeks, 8-10 hours)
As technology can be used as a resource in closing the achievement gap, equitable access to digital tools and resources has become a concern.
- You will be provided time to design your advocating for equitable access projects.
- You have identified a digital access issue within your district or school and leveraged the Design Thinking process to address the issue.
- In real-time, sharpen your leadership skills to address an authentic issue, learning the CT/DT process while demonstrating knowledge of ISTE standards in practice.
- You will be encouraged to independently select standards and explain how you met them.
Session 5 (three weeks, 8-10 hours)
In preparation for your portfolio submission, this session will be dedicated to helping you to better understand the portfolio submission space, identifying and preparing artifacts for submission, and soliciting feedback on a set of artifacts.