ISTE Certification for Educators: Designed for Tech Newbies

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Graduate Credits: 
Offered by: 
Professional Development


This course is specifically designed for educators who are interested in elevating their practice around technology, but don’t have advanced skills. This course will require that participants have a basic understanding of email, Internet searching, and basic word processing and spreadsheet skills. If you are ready to take the next steps in your ed tech game, join us!

Technology integration shouldn’t be about the tool - it should be about the learning. In this competency-based program, you will explore what it means to transform learning and improve student outcomes through the thoughtful and engaging use of technology.

During the ISTE Certification process, educators will deeply engage with the ISTE Standards for Educators and pedagogy that transforms learning. We will move beyond tools into an exploration of using technology to empower and inspire students.

In Phase 1, you will come together with other educators for two days in a face-to-face learning environment to deepen your understanding of the standards (ISTE Standards for Students and for Educators) and explore how technology can be used to create lively and engaging learning environments.

In Phase 2, you will continue your learning over the next nine weeks online, engaging with your colleagues from the course and creating artifacts of your learning that you can use immediately in your classroom.

Following the online portion of the program, you will enter Phase 3, the 6-month portfolio phase. In this phase, you will apply your learning to create artifacts and reflections into a competency-based portfolio in order to earn the ISTE Certification.

The ISTE Certification recognizes educators who understand how to use technology for learning in meaningful and transformative ways in classrooms and schools.


Classroom teachers, Librarian/Media Specialists, Technology Educators, Tech Integrationists, Instructional Coaches and Administrators; Grades K - 12 


45 PDPs or 2 graduate credits will be awarded to participants upon completion of this training. Graduate credit is available at an additional cost of $130. Graduate credit registration and payment occurs at the first face-to-face meeting, and payment can be made by credit card or check at that time.

Dates and Locations

This course will include three full day face-to-face sessions followed by 6 weeks of online course work

July 2019 in Northampton:

  • Face-to-face sessions: July 29, 30 and 31, 2019, 8:00am - 4:00pm, Collaborative for Educational Services (Register by July 15)
  • Online course work: August 7 through October 8, 2019

Cost and Registration

The cost of the workshop is $875 for member districts, and $925 for non-member districts. Register online or download and mail the registration form, available on the right side of this page.


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    Casey is the Digital Learning Manager for the Collaborative for Educational Services (CES), where she works with preK-12 teachers, administrators, and edtech leaders across Massachusetts to explore how tech can transform teaching & learning, better connect us as humans, and create more equity and inclusion. She is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and spends a lot of time engaging educators about makerspaces, personalized learning, and what learning feels like when it happens online.

  • Suzanne Judson-Whitehouse

    Suzanne Judson-Whitehouse is the Director of Licensure and Credentialing Programs at the Collaborative for Educational Services. She has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of New Hampshire, a Master's Degree in Technology Integration from Marlboro College Graduate School and a Social Media Certificate from Drury University (Missouri).

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A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 5 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you.  Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

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