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:
- 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.
With your certification in hand, you’ll earn the international recognition you deserve for your technology leadership skills. And you’ll be prepared to support your teacher network in integrating tech for all of the right reasons!
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 AZTEA/Edvolve.
- 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!
Why take ISTE Certification with AZTEA/Edvolve
Phase 1: Initial Learning
In place of the required F2F learning, learning will take place online over several weeks. During that time, learners will attend three virtual sessions via Zoom with asynchronous activities to complete in between Zoom sessions. This alternative format allows educators to continue professional learning and acquire skills to support their new roles in virtual instruction.
Phase 2: Continuing Learning
Learners are required to complete 3 facilitated online modules over the course of 5 weeks. The first two modules are two weeks long and the final module is one week. Learners will work independently, collaborate with peers, and receive feedback from the facilitator.
Phase 3: Portfolio Submission
Learners have 6 months to prepare and submit an eportfolio to ISTE for review – the learner 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.
Please view ISTE’s FAQ document for more information about the program.