Join the newly updated ISTE Educator Certification program!
ISTE has updated the Certified Educator program, it is fully online and now consists of two phases. Participants must complete both phases in order to earn their certification. Certification is open to all educators – teachers, curriculum coaches, library media specialists, principals etc. Certification is valid for three years. Earning the ISTE Certified Educator credential is the equivalent of four graduate credits.
Phase 1: Complete the Online Course (14 weeks)
The course is hosted in Brightspace, ISTE’s LMS. Participants have three weeks from when the course opens to the first synchronous session to complete the assigned pre-work. Participants then attend five 2-hour synchronous Zoom sessions. Synchronous sessions are scheduled 2 weeks apart and full attendance is required for all sessions. There are three weeks between the final synchronous session and the course end date, when all work must be submitted. Participants must earn an 80% in the course overall in order to move to the portfolio phase.
The course is facilitated by ISTE Certified Eduscape instructors. Participants post in discussion boards and complete other activities as assigned. Participants can plan to spend 5 hours per week on average completing the activities.
Phase 2: Build Your Portfolio (6 months)
Participants submit 9-14 artifacts as evidence of competency for 24 criteria as it relates to the ISTE Standards for Educators. Another portfolio requirement is a reflection based on ISTE prompts. In addition to the Alignment Map, participants are provided with an Applicant Guide; Criteria Guidelines, and artifact exemplars. Participants have six months to complete the portfolio, but are strongly encouraged to complete it as soon as possible after the online modules are complete. Portfolios are evaluated by ISTE staff. Participants pass this phase and earn their ISTE Certified Educator status by earning a point for 20 out of 25 criteria.
Eduscape supports participants in this phase with monthly office hours and a private Facebook group that is monitored by Eduscape ISTE Certified Trainers.
Please view ISTE’s FAQ document for more information about the program.