The ISTE Certification for Educators is a rigorous professional certification aimed at ambitious educators and coaches who are ready to step up to the challenge of taking their professional practice around the use of education technology to the next level. This is the first qualification of its kind and has been developed to be of great value, irrespective of the curriculum model used in a school.

This unique certification is based on the ISTE Standards for Educators and is designed to support practitioners in moving systems from vision to practice. It does this by preparing participants to rethink and redesign learning activities with technology so as to engage students in real-world authentic and active learning. The vendor- and device-neutral ISTE Certification for Educators training/professional development program focuses content and learning activities on all seven ISTE educator standards, with a special emphasis on the instructional indicators within the standards.

Steps to becoming an ISTE Certified Educator

  • Program Kickoff

    The structure of the fully online ISTE Certified Educator Course is to blend dynamic synchronous sessions with adequate time for independent and group asynchronous work in between. The 14 week course is designed to prepare you to work on your portfolio independently (but with support from ISTE and 21C Trainers).

    Note: Currently only Online Certifications are being offered due to the Pandemic. We hope to have face-to-face sessions resuming in 2022.

  • Part 1: 14 Week Online Course

    The 14 Week Online Course comprises 5 Synchronous sessions of 2 hours each.  There are two weeks in between synchronous sessions during which there is 6-8 hours of asynchronous work.

    Combined with offline work you should expect to spend approximately 40 hours in total on the 14 week online course. Actual time will vary depending on our prior experience with technology integration frameworks introduced and ISTE Standards.

  • Part 2: Curation and Submission of Portfolio

    Assemble portfolio of artifacts that meet the criteria required by ISTE and submit for evaluation to the ISTE certification review panel. Aspiring ISTE Certified Educators will have six months to apply their learning and submit their portfolios.  ISTE Certified Educators spend about 40 hours or more curating their portfolio for submission. 


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Why is it relevant to me?

This credential recognizes educators who understand how to use edtech for learning in meaningful and transformative ways.

Educators: Focused on Pedagogy. Based on the ISTE Standards
ISTE is focused on pedagogy, not tools. It’s not about edtech per se, it’s about what you do with the technology 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 earn recognition for his or her work in the application of the ISTE Standards, which define what it means to be a 21st century educator using technology to transform learning.
For School & District Leaders
ISTE Certification provides education leaders with a way to identify a school or district’s educators who are leading the way with digital age teaching practices and 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 a way to recognize and support educators who are focused on growth. The certification also provides a vendor-neutral edtech credential that can be used in staff hiring decisions.

Benefits of becoming an ISTE Certified Educator

  • Opportunity to earn FOUR graduate level credits
  • Become part of the ISTE Certified Educator community
  • Join ISTE Certified Educator meetups at the 21CLHK and ISTE conferences
  • Identify yourself with the ISTE Certified Educator email signature and digital badges
  • Enhance your professional status and employability

Our Team

Stu Lowe
EdTech and Making Coach, Beacon Hill School
Liz Cho
Principal of Teaching and Learning at Korea International School
Alison Forrow
Digital Literacy Coach, United World College of South East Asia
Ben Summerton
Technology & Innovation Coordinator, Singapore American School
Steve Katz
Technology Coordinator, The International School of Kuala Lumper

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