ISTE

ISTE Certification for Educators is the only vendor-neutral, internationally recognized credential for educators who have demonstrated mastery of the ISTE Standards for Educators.

 

 

What is ISTE Certification?

ISTE Certification focuses on pedagogy, not on tools or devices, and is designed to change your educational practice, whether you’re an instructional designer, library media specialist, technology coach or in another role. The program combines 14 weeks of professional learning with a six-month portfolio application and review process, and recipients can apply to receive up to four graduate-level credits for their participation. Is it rigorous? Yes. Is it worth it? Yes!

Why get ISTE certified?

ISTE Certification challenges you to stretch yourself as an educator and positions you as an expert among your colleagues. Becoming ISTE certified:

  • Deepens and expands your teaching skill set in applying the ISTE Standards for Educators in practice.
  • Allows you to earn up to four graduate-level credits.
  • Connects you with an international community of education change-makers.
  • Prepares you to model effective practice for others in your school or district.

With your certification in hand, you’ll earn the international recognition you deserve for your technology leadership skills. And you’ll be prepared to support your teacher network in integrating tech for all of the right reasons!

To support your online learning experience, CES offers weekly online office hours for all participants, during the course and throughout the portfolio process. These sessions are an opportunity to share artifacts, receive feedback and give focused feedback to their peers in the group.

Why is ISTE Certification Unique?

  • Focus on pedagogy: ISTE Certification prioritizes pedagogy over learning specific tools or devices and is designed to change your practice.
  • Standards-aligned: ISTE Certification is grounded in the ISTE Standards for Educators and is facilitated by ISTE Certified Trainers who are vetted and trained by ISTE, are experts in their field and who have demonstrated a deep understanding of the ISTE Standards in practice.
  • Rigor: The program involves 14 weeks of online learning, followed by up to six months to apply learning and develop job-embedded artifacts for portfolio submission. Participants can apply for up to four graduate-level credits.
  • Outcomes: ISTE Certified Educators are prepared to model effective practice for others in their schools.
  • Lifelong community: ISTE Certified Educators join a global community of educators dedicated to supporting each other as they put the Educator Standards into practice.

Steps to Becoming an ISTE Certified Educator

  1. Sign up for fully online training with the Collaborative for Educational Services.
  2. Participate in the 14-week online professional learning course and spend 3 to 5 hours each week on learning activities. Download the syllabus for full details.
  3. After successful completion of the online course, you’ll have six months to prepare and submit a full portfolio, which typically takes about 40 hours to curate. During the process, you will have access to an online space with other educators from around the world,  seeking the ISTE Certification. Once submitted, your portfolio will be reviewed by trained ISTE evaluators. Successfully meet the criteria, and you’ll become an ISTE Certified Educator!

Why Take ISTE Certification with CES?

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

To support your online learning experience, CES offers weekly online office hours for all participants, during the course and throughout the portfolio process. These sessions are an opportunity to share artifacts, receive feedback and give focused feedback to their peers in the group.

I have found that the ISTE course has been such an uplifting program. It has changed the way I look at teaching and has renewed my enthusiasm for teaching with edtech.

— ISTE course participant

[The ISTE Certification process] is one of the best experiences I have been through as an educator and I would highly recommend it.

— Ronna Zigmund, ISTE course participant

Being a teacher can be an isolating role. Last year, I participated in the ISTE program.  Coming to ISTE office hours and participating in other groups that were needed for the ISTE certification connected me to other educators in a manner that made me feel part of a supported community.

 

— Jaime Alvarez, ISTE course participant

The ISTE process opened my eyes to the reality that our students need to be equipped with the knowledge and tools that are imperative to their current/future technological world. I would share my belief that ISTE helps build a bridge/connection between the content standards and today’s real-world application/jobs.

 

— Jennifer Smith, ISTE course participant

I want to give you a HUGE thank you for ALL you did to support me through my learning of ISTE Educator and Student Standards. You two have a gift of seeing potential in others and opening our eyes to believe in ourselves. I am so grateful to have gone through this process with you.

 

— Denise Porch, ISTE course participant

 

Casey Daigle

Casey 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.

Her personalized approach to professional development supports learners to explore possibilities and build confidence as they discover how G Suite tools and a little imagination can revolutionize their work. Additionally, she has worked extensively with design thinking, systems design, facilitation and she is certified by ISTE to be an authorized provider of the ISTE Certification for Educators.

Position: Digital Learning Manager

Email: cdaigle@collaborative.org

Phone: 413.586.4900 x5928

Suzanne Judson-Whitehouse

Suzanne Judson-Whitehouse is the CES Director of Licensure & Credentialing. 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). Suzanne oversees the Teacher Licensure and Administrative Leadership programs at CES in addition to her role as Site Coordinator for Reading Recovery in Western Massachusetts. She is also a co-leader of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Team of the Diverse Teacher Workforce Coalition.
In addition to her work in educator licensure, Suzanne is part of the ISTE Certification Team at CES. This blended course is part of the ISTE Certification process which focuses on the use of educational technology for learning in meaningful and transformative ways. Suzanne’s 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.

Position: Director of Licensure and Credentialing

Email: sjudsonwhitehouse@collaborative.org

Phone: 413.586.4900 x5942

District Cohort Inquiry

If you are a district or school and would like to bring the ISTE Certification Course to you, please contact Angela Burke, Director of Professional Development, aburke@collaborative.org, or complete the form to the right to let us know you are interested.

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