ISTE Certification is Now Fully Online!

Due to the extraordinary circumstances that we now face, with closures and social distancing, ISTE and 21st Century Learning International will provide ISTE Certification fully online until September 30, 2020. Traditionally, our certification was in a blended format with two days of face to face, up to nine weeks of online asynchronous learning and six months to create and submit a portfolio based on the ISTE Standards for Educators.

In place of the required F2F learning, learners will attend 5 virtual sessions via (Zoom) with  asynchronous activities to participate in between. This alternative format allows educators to continue professional learning and acquire skills to support their new roles in virtual instruction.

Please view ISTE’s FAQ document for more information about the program.

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 - Two Alternatives

    The purpose of the first part of the course is to create social bonds within the cohort. Our professional development facilitators have been trained by ISTE to deliver this training to the highest standard whether online or face to face. 

    Face to Face Two Day Workshop

    You will complete a two-day face-to-face training course (approximately 12 hours of contact time) 

    Five Week Online Course

    Online course with a combination of synchronous online meetings and group work. 

  • Online Course ( 5 weeks)

    You will undertake a five week fully synchronous online course involving approximately 30 hours of study time.

  • 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.


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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 two 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

Dr. Kelly Grogan
Head of Innovation and Staff Learning, Chinese International School
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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