*ISTE Certification is Now Fully Online!
Due to the extraordinary circumstances that we now face with closures and social distancing, ISTE and Butler County ESC will provide ISTE Certification fully online until Sept. 30, 2020. Traditionally, our certification was in a blended format with two days of face-to-face sessions, up to nine weeks of online asynchronous learning, and six months to create and submit a portfolio based on the ISTE Standards for Educators.
In place of the required F2F learning, learners will attend virtual sessions via Zoom with asynchronous activities to participate in between. This alternative format allows educators to continue professional learning and acquire skills to support their new roles in virtual instruction.
Please view ISTE's FAQ document for more information about the program.
ISTE Certification is a competency-based, vendor-agnostic educator certification based on the ISTE Standards for Educators. This digital credential recognizes educators who understand how to use edtech for learning in meaningful and transformative ways.
BCESC has been selected by ISTE to be an authorized provider of the ISTE Certification for Educators because of its commitment to high quality edtech professional learning and the ISTE Standards as a guide for transforming teaching and learning.
"The Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA) recognizes and supports Butler County ESC's recognition as one of only 10 ISTE certified trainers in the nation. We strongly encourage all educational service centers and school districts to take advantage of these training opportunities through Butler County ESC."
- Craig Burford, OESCA executive director
Focused on pedagogy. Based on the ISTE Standards.
The ISTE Certification is focused on pedagogy, not tools. It’s not about edtech per se, it’s about what you do with the tech to transform learning and improve student outcomes.
For classroom educators, coaches and library media specialists
ISTE Certification helps build an educator’s professional profile and provides a digital credential to demonstrate mastery and recognize his or her application of the ISTE Standards, which define what it means to be a 21st century educator using technology for learning.
ISTE Certification allows administrators to recognize educators leading the way with digital age teaching practices. ISTE Certification demonstrates to leaders those who have the initiative, drive and skills needed to transform, personalize and empower learning in the classroom and school. It also offers them a way to recognize and support educators focused on growth in this area.
*All upcoming workshops will be held online in the following format until further notice:
Part 1: Hybrid model over two weeks with Tuesday and Thursday online meetings
Part 2: Fully online modules over the course of eight weeks
Part 3: Portfolio submission due six months after close of online modules
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How it works
Through the ISTE Certification process, teachers will participate in 30 hours of dynamic in-person and online professional learning based on the ISTE Standards and transformative pedagogy. After completing the training, participants have six months to apply their learning and compile artifacts and reflections into a competency-based portfolio which will be evaluated by ISTE, the only organization that awards the certification.
Steps to becoming an ISTE Certified Educator
- Sign up for a training with BCESC
- Attend in-person workshop (2 days)
- Complete online coursework (5 weeks)
- Prepare and submit an ePortfolio to ISTE for review (6 months) - the educator will be provided access to a certification portal where participants can get feedback from their cohort while preparing their portfolio of artifacts and reflections.
- Once submitted, ISTE Certification Evaluators will review the artifacts. Those who successfully meet the certification will become ISTE Certified Educators.