ISTE Certification Training for Educators

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Graduate Credits: 

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.

ISTE Certification is now fully online!

Due to the extraordinary circumstances that we now face, with closures and social distancing, ISTE and the Collaborative for Educational Services will provide ISTE Certification fully online until September 30, 2020. This alternative format allows educators to continue professional learning and acquire skills to support their new roles in virtual instruction.

Learners will engage in a 3-phase process to attain their certification. During Phase 1, learners will participate in 3 weeks of online work including 3 synchronous sessions via Zoom with asynchronous activities to complete in between. In Phase 2, learners engage with content and complete activities asynchronously. (Please see the Agenda at the bottom of this page for additional details.) Learners can anticipate committing approximately 5 hours per week throughout the course. After successfully sompleting Phases 1 & 2, learners enter Phase 3, where they have 6 months to create and submit a portolio based on the ISTE Standards for Educators.


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. Upon completion of the certification process, graduate credit is available at an additional cost of $130.

Dates and Locations

This fully online, 10 week course will include three virtual sessions as well as 5 weeks of online course work

July 2020 Fully Online:

  • Virtual sessions: July 29, August 5, and August 12, 2020, 9:00am - 12:00pm,  (Register by July 17)
  • Online course work: July 24 through September 29, 2020

September 2020 Fully Online:

  • Virtual sessions: September 22, September 29, and October 6, 2020, 6:00pm - 9:00pm,  (Register by Sept 11)
  • Online course work: September 18 through November 24, 2020

Cost and Registration

The cost of this training is $700 for member districts, and $750 for non-member districts. 


Week 1

Asynchronous Prework - 1 hour

  • Pre-session survey
  • Video welcome from instructors
  • Introductory Slide Deck & Forum
  • ISTE Student Standards
  • Add a photo to Brightspace profile

Synchronous Online Meeting Kickoff - 3 hours

  • ISTE Educator Standards
  • Setting your own intentions & learning goals
  • ISTE Student Standards
  • SAMR
  • In addition to scheduled learning activities, time is allotted for movement breaks, technical support, and collaborative work time

Asynchronous Postwork - 1 hour

  • Complete any pre-work

Office Hours

  • Thursdays, 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT

Week 2

Asynchronous Prework - 30 minutes

  • ISTE Educator Standards
  • Learning Sciences

Synchronous Online Meeting - 3 hours

  • TPACK and SAMR
  • ISTE Educator Standards
  • Educator Standard Public Service Announcement Activity
  • Digital Citizen
  • Research & the Learning Sciences
  • PSA Work Time
  • Exit Ticket
  • In addition to scheduled learning activities, time is allotted for movement breaks, technical support, and collaborative work time.

Asynchronous Postwork - 1 hour 30 minutes

  • PSA Activity
  • Research-Based Practice

Office Hours

  • Thursdays, 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT

Week 3

Asynchronous Prework - 1 hour

  • Understanding by Design Content
  • Crowdsourcing: Networking & Curating
  • Module Selection for Phase 2

Synchronous Online Meeting - 3 hours

  • Crowdsourcing
  • Understanding by Design
  • Redesign Learning Challenge
  • In addition to scheduled learning activities, time is allotted for movement breaks, technical support, and collaborative work time.

Asynchronous Postwork - 1 hour

  • Redesign Learning Challenge
  • Reflect on intentions via Discussion forum
  • Certification Overview

Office Hours

  • Thursdays, 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT

Weeks 4 and 5

Time commitment: 5 hours each week

Participants will choose 1 module to complete.

  • Module 1: Designing for Diversity
  • Module 2: Personalized Learning & Alternative Assessments
  • Office Hours: Thursdays, 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT

Weeks 6 and 7

Time commitment: 5 hours each week

Participants will choose 1 module to complete.

  • Module 3: Digital Learning Environments: Design Thinking & Computational Thinking
  • Module 4: The New Digital Citizenship 
  • Office Hours: Thursdays, 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT

Weeks 8 and 9

Time commitment: 5 hours each week

All participants will complete this module.

  • Module 5: Gallery Walk & Final Assignment
  • Office Hours: Thursdays, 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT


  • thumbnail of Casey Daigle

    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 & Credentialing at the Collaborative for Educational Services. Suzanne oversees the Teacher Licensure and Administrative Leadership programs and is part of the CES ISTE Certification Team. She also co-leads the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Team of the Diverse Teacher Workforce Coalition and is Site Coordinator for Reading Recovery in Western Massachusetts. Her interests lie in the fields of blended learning, technology integration in K-12 schools, makerspaces and creativity in education, games and gamification, and adult pedagogy. She has facilitated workshops and professional learning communities in history, literacy, K-12 libraries, and technology integration.

For more information, contact:
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413.586.4900 x5981


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 7 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. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.