ISTE Certified Educator FAQ

Can I take the certification if I’m not a classroom teacher?

If your job involves been involved in the teaching and learning side of technology and are you are personally involved in designing and/or delivering of professional development aligned with the ISTE standards you should be able to come up with artifacts. Basically, it means you need to think about the other educators at your school as being your students.

Can I earn graduate credits?

The ISTE Certification for Educators is eligible for graduate-level credit from Dominican University of California.  For additional information or to register please visit Dominican University of California’s site here. For additional questions about graduate-level credit in general and how it can be used, please read their FAQ.

You can apply for the credits after completing all online modules.


How many hours will I need to invest to become ISTE Certified?

For the training, you will need to invest two full days for the onsite training and approximately 4 hours per week for the online training (4-6 weeks long). For gathering and submitting portfolio materials, the timing will vary based on what you already have created but expect to spend approximately 10-20 hours preparing your materials and submitting them for review. You will have six months to apply your learning and prepare your eportfolio.

Is the ISTE Certification for Educators appropriate for Edtech Coaches, Staff Developers, Curriculum Special or Library Media Specialists?

Absolutely! This certification is appropriate for classroom educators or those who work closely with classroom educators. Portfolio materials can focus on preK-12 learning activities or on work training and developing educators.

Is the ISTE Certification Educators appropriate for ALL K-12 teachers?

Yes! The focus of the training is on how to use digital tools and resources to transform learning and educators do work that grows out of and supports their content areas and student age levels. That said, if you are early on in your journey using technology to transform teaching and learning, you may want to develop your skills first with the ISTE Standards Digital Learning Pathways and collaborating with ISTE’s member Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) before jumping into the certification training. The training moves quickly and assumes a strong base level with using technology for learning.


How does the ISTE Certification for Educators differ from other certifications like, Leading Edge, Apple Distinguished Educators, Google Certified Educators, Microsoft Innovative Educators, and others?

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, the ISTE Certification for Educators focuses on changing practice and improving learning outcomes with technology.

The ISTE Certification for Educators is ideal for those educators who are always asking “what’s next?” when it comes to using education technology. You may already have other credentials and ISTE Certification will help you take your knowledge even further. Because the training is based on the ISTE Standards, it emphasizes how to design transformative, deep learning experiences with technology. Throughout the training you will experiment with various digital tools but the training itself, like the ISTE Standards, is technology agnostic and vendor neutral.

Educators who successfully earn their ISTE Certification will be recognized as strong pedagogical leaders with education technology.

What if I submit my eportfolio and do not receive the credential?

If your materials do not pass specific criteria you will receive feedback from the evaluators as to why. You will then have two months to update and resubmit your eportfolio. There will be a nominal fee to re-submit your portfolio and you can submit up to two additional times after your original submission (total of 3 chances)

What benefits do I get when I complete my ISTE Certification?
  • Recognition as an ISTE Certified Educator
  • Certificate from 21st Century Learning for completing the two day course with hours.
  • Open digital badge and certificate to showcase your accomplishment
  • Opportunity to earn 2 graduate level credits
  • Special identification when presenting at ISTE Conference and Expo and 21st Century Learning Events
  • Access to an online community of ISTE Certified Educators
How long does certification last?

Three years

What is the renewal process?

There will be several ongoing actions you can take as an ISTE Certified Educator to earn points toward recertification. Further details coming soon!