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ISTE Certification

ISTE Certification

Join our newly updated ISTE Educator Certification program.

Two-Phase Certification Program

Enjoy the convenience of a completely online program offering three years of certification.

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.

Phase 1: Complete Online Course (14 weeks)

The course is hosted in Brightspace, ISTE’s LMS. Participants have two weeks from when the course opens to complete the assigned pre-work. Participants then attend five two-hour synchronous Zoom sessions. Synchronous sessions are scheduled two 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.

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.

The course is facilitated by Eduscape instructors who have earned their ISTE Certified Educator badge and have received additional training from ISTE to be qualified as ISTE Certified Trainers.

Phase 2: Build Your Portfolio (6 months)

Participants submit artifacts as evidence of competency for 24 criteria and also a personal reflection. Participants are provided with an Alignment Map template to complete, as well as 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 completion of the online course. Participants pass this phase and earn their ISTE Certified Educator status by earning 20 out of 25 total points. Portfolios are evaluated by ISTE staff.

Eduscape supports participants in this phase with monthly office hours and a private Facebook group that is monitored by Eduscape ISTE Certified Trainers.

Upcoming Cohorts

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7:00 - 9:00 pm Eastern/4:00 - 6:00 pm Pacific


3:30 - 5:30 pm Eastern/12:30 - 2:30 pm Pacific


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3:30 - 5:30 pm Eastern/12:30 - 2:30 pm Pacific


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7:00 - 9:00 pm Eastern/4:00 - 6:00 pm Pacific


I am so thankful for the skills, knowledge and experience I have gained through the ISTE certification course taught by you and this certification process. It has helped me to assist students and other teachers to get through this particularly difficult transition to Remote Learning here in NYC.

lara scaringella

ESL Teacher/Coordinator, NY

Eduscape provided excellent, professional and in-depth training and support. I am now an ISTE Certified Educator!

sara donovan

Canton Public Schools, MA

Ready for ISTE Certification?

To be successful in this program we believe it is important to consider these questions.

  • Are you an educator who is interested in professional growth and who sees the ISTE Standards as a roadmap for using technology to learn?
  • Are you an educator who has experience and comfort using varied technology in the classroom?
  • Are you an educator who is comfortable with and has experience successfully taking online professional learning (courses)?

Why Become an ISTE Certified Educator?

Leaders are looking for educators with a growth mindset to adapt, thrive and lead.

Recognized by ISTE, valued by leaders. 

The ISTE Standards define a new skill set that empowers educators to rethink and redesign learning with technology. ISTE recognizes individuals who can demonstrate and apply the standards, earning the distinction of an ISTE Certified Educator.

Demonstrate Initiative, Drive, and Skill

Leaders are looking for those with a growth mindset to adapt, thrive and lead learning with technology in their schools and districts. Earning the ISTE Certification demonstrates to leaders and colleagues those who have the initiative, drive and skills needed to transform, personalize and empower learning in the classroom and school.

Based on globally recognized standards.

States, districts and schools are using the ISTE Standards as their framework for digital learning because the standards are based on research, were built by educators, for educators, and help prepare students for success in a digital world.

Educator preparation programs are using the ISTE Standards to graduate the next generation of teachers capable of using technology purposefully for learning.

Pedagogy first, technology second.

Unlike certifications from the private sector, the ISTE Certification for Educators is vendor neutral, so the skills developed will be transferable to any system, device, or tool.

While technology opens up a whole new world of opportunities for learning, ISTE Certification for Educators focuses on changing practice and improving learning outcomes with technology.

Graduate Level Credits

Through our partnership with New Jersey City University, you have the opportunity to earn three graduate level credits.

ISTE Certified Educator Benefits

Join an elite community of educators with ISTE Certification.

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  • Opportunity to earn three graduate-level credits.
  • Become part of the ISTE Certified Educator community.
  • Join ISTE Certified Educator meetups at the ISTE conference.
  • Identify yourself with the ISTE Certified Educator email signature and digital badges.

Why Certify with Eduscape?

170+ Certified Educators

80% Overall Pass Rate

Private Facebook Group

Monthly Office Hours

ISTE Certification

Using technology to transform learning and improve student outcomes.

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Focused on pedagogy. Based on the ISTE Standards.