ISTE Certification

What is ISTE Certification?

ISTE Certification for Educators is the only vendor-neutral, internationally-recognized credential for educators who have demonstrated mastery of the ISTE Standards for Educators. ISTE Certification focuses on pedagogy, not on tools or devices, and is designed to change your educational practice, whether you’re a classroom educator, instructional designer, library media specialist, technology coach or in another role.

The process 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 educator section of the ISTE Standards 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!

Plus, it's now easier than ever to become ISTE-certified! ISTELive and ASCD Annual Conference attendance can now be applied to your certification. Register for a cohort today!

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ISTE Certification now includes revised activities with closer alignment to job roles as well as embedded portfolio practice and examples.


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