New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education

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Due to the extraordinary circumstances that we now face, with closures and social distancing, ISTE and NYSCATE will provide ISTE Certification fully online until further notice. Traditionally, our certification was in a blended format with two days of face to face, up to nine weeks of online asynchronous learning and six months to create and submit a portfolio based on the ISTE Standards for Educators.


In place of the required F2F learning, learners will attend 3 virtual sessions via Zoom with asynchronous activities to participate in between. This alternative format allows educators to continue professional learning and acquire skills to support their new roles in virtual instruction.


Please view ISTE’s FAQ document for more information about the program. 

Educator Standards   student stanards



Additional content about ISTE Certification for Educators:


The ISTE Certification for Educators is a rigorous professional certification for ambitious educators and coaches ready for the challenge.  Using a hybrid model encompassing both face to face and online learning components, candidate educators will complete approximately 30 hours of instruction and activities before assembling their eportfolio for review by the ISTE Certification review team.

This unique certification is based on the ISTE Standards for Educators and is designed for cohorts of practitioners to move systems from vision to practice by preparing them to re-think and redesign learning activities with technology to engage students in real-world, authentic and active learning. The vendor- and device-neutral ISTE Certification for Educators training/professional development program focuses content and learning activities on all seven educator standards, with a special emphasis on the instructional indicators within the standards.

Are you ready to be an ISTE Certified Educator?

To be successful in this program we believe it is important to consider these questions.

  1. Are you an educator who is interested in professional growth and who sees the ISTE Standards as a roadmap for using technology to learn?

  2. Are you an educator who has experience and comfort using varied technology in the classroom?

  3. Are you an educator who is comfortable with and has experience successfully taking online professional learning (courses)?

How do I become an ISTE Certified Educator?

  • Step one - Complete an ISTE Certified Educator training. These cohorts are conducted by ISTE Certification Authorized Partners, (CAPs) who’s professional development facilitators have been prepared and trained by ISTE to deliver this training on their (ISTE’s) behalf. The training will be two phases, a two-day face to face portion and five week online portion. See sample syllabus.

  • Step two - Assemble eportfolio of artifacts that meet the criteria required by ISTE and submit for evaluation to the ISTE certification review panel. Aspiring ISTE Certified Educators will have six months to apply their learning and submit their eportfolios.

  • Step three - Become and ISTE Certified Educator!  Celebrate, share your expertise and support learning transformation!.


Benefits of becoming an ISTE Certified Educator

  • Opportunity to earn two graduate level credits.

  • Become part of the ISTE Certified Educator community

  • Join ISTE Certified Educator meet ups at the ISTE conference

  • Identify yourself with the ISTE Certified Educator email signature and digital badges   

ISTE Certification for Educators sample syllabus - Here is an example syllabus for the ISTE Certification for Educators.  There may be variations in the way the training is conducted based on the discretion of the ISTE Certification Authorized Provider you may be working with. If you have a question about the syllabus please contact



Virtual workshop portion includes these learning topic areas (3 weeks)

Goal-setting and goal stretching

  • Mindsets for stretching your teaching practice

  • Setting intentions: Where is your practice and where do you want it to be?

Transforming learning with technology

  • The ISTE Standards for Students and other technology implementation frameworks

Visioneering: Reimagining learning

  • ISTE Standards for Educators

  • Interconnections with digital citizenship

  • Using Socratic Seminar to deepen the ISTE Standards

The Power of crowdsourcing: Curating tools, virtual networking

  • Curation and professional learning networks

  • Using networking to find and curate resources

Research and educational practice

  • The learning sciences

  • Neuromyths

  • Applying research to classroom practice

Instructional design for transformation

  • Backward design principles

  • Lesson study



Backwards design challenge!g

  • Putting learning into practice with a lesson plan design challenge

From goal-setting to goal-stretching

  • How has your practice stretched and how do you want to keep growing?

  • Choosing your online learning modules



Online coursework portion (approximately 8 weeks)

Each module is practice-focused and two weeks long. Participants choose two of the following modules during weeks 1-4:

Mod 1: Designing for diversity (2 weeks)

Mod 2: Personalized learning and alternative assessments (2 weeks)

Mod 3: Digital learning environments: Design thinking, and computational thinking (2


Mod 4: The new digital citizenship: From fear and risk to opportunity and empowerment  (2 weeks)

Project showcase and final reflections