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ISTE Certification

ISTE Certification is a new competency-based, vendor-agnostic educator certification based on the ISTE Standards for Educators. This digital credential recognizes educators who understand how to use edtech for learning in meaningful and transformative ways.


Due to the extraordinary circumstances that we now face, with closures and social distancing, ISTE and IDEA now provides fully online ISTE Certification cohorts. 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 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.

Focused on pedagogy. Based on the ISTE Standards.

The ISTE Certification is focused on pedagogy, not tools. It’s not about edtech per se, it’s about what you do with the tech 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 recognize his or her application of the ISTE Standards, which define what it means to be a 21st century educator using technology for learning.

For leaders

ISTE Certification allows administrators to recognize educators leading the way with digital age teaching practices. ISTE Certification 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 them a way to recognize and support educators focused on growth in this area.

How it works (Fully Online Model): *Current Model

Proposed Schedule

(Synchronous/Asynchronous Learning followed by 9 weeks of online modules and upon successful completion, you enter the portfolio stage)

*Pre-Assessment - to be sent to registered attendees one-two weeks prior (required)


Introductory Session: Wed., Oct. 28, 7:30-8:30pm CST

Session 1: Sat., Oct. 31, 9:00am-12:00pm CST

Session 2: Sat., Nov. 7, 9:00am-12:00pm CST

Online Modules: November 8, 2020 - January 17, 2021

How it works (Blended Learning Model):

Through the ISTE Certification process, teachers will participate in 30 hours of dynamic in-person and online professional learning based on the ISTE Standards and transformative pedagogy. After completing the training, participants have six months to apply their learning and compile artifacts and reflections into a competency-based portfolio which will be evaluated by ISTE, the only organization that awards the certification.

Proposed Schedule (approximately 30 hours)

  • Pre-Assessment - to be sent to registered attendees one-two weeks prior (required)
  • Prior Learning / Flipped PD (1-2 hours) Two Days at In-Person Training Session (12 hours)

  • 9 weeks of Online Modules (Gallery Walk is open throughout the 8 weeks of online modules)
  • Weeks 1-2: New Digital Citizenship (3-5 hours)
  • Weeks 3-4: Designing for Diversity (3-5 hours)
  • Weeks 5-6: Personalized Learning and Alternative Assessments (3-5 hours) and Virtual Check-In (1 hour)
  • Week 7-8: Digital Learning: Design Thinking / Computational Thinking (3-5 hours) 
  • Week 9: Final Gallery Walk Artifact and Virtual Celebration / Evaluation (1 hour)

Illinois Digital Educators Alliance has been selected by ISTE to be an authorized provider of the ISTE Certification for Educators because of their commitment to high quality edtech professional learning and the ISTE Standards as a guide for transforming teaching and learning.

Steps to becoming an ISTE Certified Educator:

  • Register for a training session
  • Attend virtual / in-person workshop
  • Complete online coursework (3-5 hours a week for 9 weeks)
  • Prepare and submit an eportfolio to ISTE for review (6 months) - the educator 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.

For additional questions about ISTE Certification training sessions with Illinois Digital Educators Alliance, check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

upcoming ISTE Certification sessions:

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