The James Madison University ISTE*T Certification Program is a 12-month portfolio assessment program that engages teachers in an intensive, deeply reflective process to determine if their instructional technology practices meet the standards set forth by the International Society for Technology in Education. This opportunity is designed for self-directed learners, confident in their use of technology and eager to measure their use of technology in the classroom against an international standard.  Originally developed in 2003, the current ISTE*T program uses synchronous and asynchronous tools and offers James Madison University graduate credit upon successful completion. 



  • Portfolio-based assessment
  • Twelve-month self-paced online program
  • Content appropriate for educators skilled in the application of technology for teaching and learning
  • JMU graduate credit upon successful completion


Seal of Alignment Review

The James Madison University ISTE*T Certification Program successfully underwent the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Seal of Alignment review for Mastery. Reviewers determined that this online program measures mastery in the ISTE Standards for Teachers through a portfolio-based assessment process. With a mentor-based approach for supporting the preparation and submission of portfolios and a detailed set of rubrics for evaluating portfolios for alignment with the ISTE Standards for Teachers, the James Madison University ISTE*T Certification Program is designed to certify that participating educators have demonstrated the ability to meet the ISTE Standards for Teachers.  

“The James Madison University ISTE*T program is a strong system for assessing portfolio submissions aligned to the ISTE Standards for Teachers.”

— ISTE Review Report

The James Madison University ISTE*T Certification Program was found to meet the following ISTE Standards for Teachers:

1. Facilitate and inspire learning 

1.a. Promote, support and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness 
1.b. Engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources 
1.c. Promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students’ conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes 
1.d. Model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students, colleagues and others in face-to-face and virtual environments

2. Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments 

2.a. Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity 
2.b. Develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning and assessing their own progress 
2.c. Customize and personalize learning activities to address students’ diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources 
2.d. Provide students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards, and use resulting data to inform learning and teaching

3. Research and Information Fluency 

3.a. Demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations 
3.b. Collaborate with students, peers, parents and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation 
3.c. Communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents and peers using a variety of digital age media and formats 
3.d. Model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate and use information resources to support research and learning

4. Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility 

4.a. Advocate, model, and teach safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property and the appropriate documentation of sources 
4.b. Address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources 
4.c. Promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information 
4.d. Develop and model cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with colleagues and students of other cultures using digital age communication and collaboration tools

5. Engage in professional growth and leadership 

5.a. Participate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning 
5.b. Exhibit leadership by demonstrating a vision of technology infusion, participating in shared decision making and community building, and developing the leadership and technology skills of others 
5.c. Evaluate and reflect on current research and professional practice on a regular basis to make effective use of existing and emerging digital tools and resources in support of student learning 
5.d. Contribute to the effectiveness, vitality, and self-renewal of the teaching profession and of their school and community

Seal of Alignment for Mastery


This program incorporates ISTE Standards-aligned learning objectives, specified implementation plans and embedded tools for measuring mastery in the ISTE Standards for Teachers.

Sealholder Since: June 2015

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