The ISTE Certification for Educators is a rigorous professional certification for ambitious educators, leaders, and coaches wishing to transform teaching pedagogy with digital learning. Using a hybrid model encompassing both face to face and online learning components. Educators will complete approximately 30 hours of dynamic instruction and activities before assembling an eportfolio for review by the ISTE Certification Team.

This unique certification is based on the ISTE Standards for Educators and is designed for cohorts of practitioners to move from vision to practice by preparing them to rethink and redesign learning activities with technology to empower and engage students in real-world, authentic and active learning.

ISTE Educator Certification 2021

This Fully Online Training is approximately 14 weeks with at least 5 virtual meetings. Each of the fourteen weeks is comprised of best practice virtual training in the form of synchronous sessions as well as asynchronous work time, guidance, and reflection. At the end of the 14 weeks you will have created a portfolio highlighting your professional growth.

ISTE Certification Curriculum Overview

Each session consists of one required virtual meeting followed by 8-10 hours of asynchronous coursework. 

Pre-Work Session

During this Pre-Work Session, educators will build a baseline on how to navigate the overall learning experience of the course. Brightspace is the course’s official Learning Management System (LMS) and educators will learn how to engage with some of its key functions. Educators will also have time to build knowledge on the overall programmatic goals while also exploring the portfolio process.  ISTE’s Educator Standards will also be introduced and educators will be able to begin to synthesize and internalize the meaning of the standards. Last but not least, educators will leverage their Professional Learning Community as a resource for continued development. 

Session 1

ISTE strives to empower all educators with the skills necessary to advocate for equitable access while creating personalized and authentic learning experiences for all students.  In this session, educators will take an active role in applying the ISTE standards by establishing personal and professional learning goals.  Educators will reflect, personally and as a group, on personal strengths and weaknesses to the standards and set a shared vision. Educators will also explore personalization strategies that foster independence, accommodate learner needs, and provide alternative assessments. 

Session 2

As technology has changed the landscape for teaching and learning, educators now have an opportunity to leverage technology to close the achievement gap intentionally. During this session, educators will take a hands-on approach to designing learning experiences that meet all learners’ needs. Educators will 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.  Educators will be asked to deepen their understanding of the ISTE standards by reflecting on current practice and brainstorming new strategies to deepen the practice. Educators will also be asked to re-design a lesson while leveraging the Universal Design Principles. Lastly, educators will be asked to curate and assess a list of digital tools.  

Session 3

Technology has given educators an opportunity to design authentic, digital learning environments that recognize and accommodate learner variability. In this session, educators will explore digital learning environments such as online or blended learning models and lift up best practices within each model.  Equitable access for all learners has been an ongoing issue before advancements in technology.  However, as we have seen districts move to provide digital access to all students, certain learner profiles are still not equitably supported or resourced.  Educators will identify a digital access issue within their district/school and leverage the Computational Thinking/Design Thinking process to advocate equitable access. 

Session 4

As technology can be used as a resource in closing the achievement gap, equitable access to digital tools and resources has become a concern.  In this session, educators will be provided time to design their advocating for equitable access project.  Educators were tasked with identifying a digital access issue within their district or school and leverage the Design Thinking process to address the issue.  In real-time, educators are sharpening their leadership skills to address an authentic issue, learning the CT/DT process while demonstrating knowledge of ISTE standards in practice.  We expect educators to integrate multiple standards as they complete this project.  Educators are encouraged to independently select standards and explain how they met them. 

Session 5

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 artifacts. 


Participants have six months to apply their learning by preparing artifacts and submitting the portfolio for review after completing the training. During this time, participants have access to the online learning modules; a guide for portfolio submissions with exemplars and artifact expectations; and discussion boards to ask questions and get feedback from peers. After a portfolio is submitted, ISTE Certification Evaluators review the artifacts and provide feedback. Those who successfully meet the criteria at 80% or higher become ISTE Certified Educators.