ISTE Certification

Competency based, vendor-neutral teacher certification based on ISTE standards for Educators.


Transform educator practice through ISTE Certification. 

Teacher instruction

Focused on pedagogy. Based on ISTE Standards. Delivered locally.

ISTE Certification is a competency-based, vendor-neutral teacher certification. Based on ISTE Standards for Educators, coursework focuses on pedagogy, not tools, allowing you to learn how to use technology to transform learning and improve student outcomes.

Sourcewell Technology, in partnership with SCSC, is one of only 13 ISTE-authorized providers in the country, will now offer the ISTE Certification training. Our dedicated team of technology experts work with you and your district to deliver convenient training options and support throughout the certification process.

Summer ISTE Cohort Registration
ISTE Certification Syllabus

SCSC ISTE Certification Cohort Schedule 

Pre-Work Session   May 18 – June 7  Registration closes on June 1

During this Pre-Work Session, educators will build a baseline on how to navigate the overall learning experience of the course. Brightspace is the course’s official Learning Management System (LMS) and educators will learn how to engage with some of its key functions. Educators will also have time to build knowledge on the overall programmatic goals while also exploring the portfolio process.  ISTE’s Educator Standards will also be introduced and educators will be able to begin to synthesize and internalize the meaning of the standards. Last but not least, educators will leverage their Professional Learning Community as a resource for continued development. 
Each session consists of one required virtual meeting followed by 8-10 hours of asynchronous coursework. 

Session 1 June 8 9-11:30   Attend face to face at the SCSC Conference Center in North Mankato or virtual using our ISTE virtual classroom

ISTE strives to empower all educators with the skills necessary to advocate for equitable access while creating personalized and authentic learning experiences for all students.  In this session, educators will take an active role in applying the ISTE standards by establishing personal and professional learning goals.  Educators will reflect, personally and as a group, on personal strengths and weaknesses to the standards and set a shared vision. Educators will also explore personalization strategies that foster independence, accommodate learner needs, and provide alternative assessments.

Session 2 June 22 9-11 Attend virtual using our ISTE virtual classroom

As technology has changed the landscape for teaching and learning, educators now have an opportunity to leverage technology to close the achievement gap intentionally. During this session, educators will take a hands-on approach to designing learning experiences that meet all learners' needs. Educators will take a closer look at how important it is to help learners develop skills in identifying credible sources online and other critical digital citizenship skills.  Educators will be asked to deepen their understanding of the ISTE standards by reflecting on current practice and brainstorming new strategies to deepen the practice. Educators will also be asked to re-design a lesson while leveraging the Universal Design Principles. Lastly, educators will be asked to curate and assess a list of digital tools. 

Session 3 July 6 9-11 Attend virtual using our ISTE virtual classroom

Technology has given educators an opportunity to design authentic, digital learning environments that recognize and accommodate learner variability. In this session, educators will explore digital learning environments such as online or blended learning models and lift up best practices within each model.  Equitable access for all learners has been an ongoing issue before advancements in technology.  However, as we have seen districts move to provide digital access to all students, certain learner profiles are still not equitably supported or resourced.  Educators will identify a digital access issue within their district/school and leverage the Computational Thinking/Design Thinking process to advocate equitable access.

Session 4 July 20 9-11:30   Attend face to face at the SCSC Conference Center in North Mankato or virtual using our ISTE virtual classroom

As technology can be used as a resource in closing the achievement gap, equitable access to digital tools and resources has become a concern.  In this session, educators will be provided time to design their advocating for equitable access project.  Educators were tasked with identifying a digital access issue within their district or school and leverage the Design Thinking process to address the issue.  In real-time, educators are sharpening their leadership skills to address an authentic issue, learning the CT/DT process while demonstrating knowledge of ISTE standards in practice.  We expect educators to integrate multiple standards as they complete this project.  Educators are encouraged to independently select standards and explain how they met them.
Session 5 Aug 3 9-11 Attend virtual using our ISTE virtual classroom; Regular coursework is completed by Aug 24 and participants move to the portfolio stage

In preparation for your portfolio submission, this session will be dedicated to helping you to better understand the portfolio submission space, identifying and preparing artifacts for submission, and soliciting feedback on a set artifacts.

Contact Dave Paschke for additional information and register if you plan to attend. Additional meeting and course information will be emailed to you.

ISTE Certification is designed to bring transformative change to your classroom or school. The program is not your average professional development course. It’s intensive, ongoing training and requires documentation.

To become certified, educators must participate in both a two-day, face-to-face training and an online component. After completion, candidates will have six months to present their evidence to ISTE Certification evaluators.

ISTE Standards for Educators

To become certified, educators must participate in both a two-day, face-to-face training and an online component. The online portion can last five to eight weeks, and plan to dedicate four to six hours per week during the online portion (approximately 30 hours of instruction).

Experience working in an LMS is necessary to be successful. It also helps if participants have a few online courses under their belt, as content is covered quickly.

When you are ready to become an ISTE Certified educator, simply follow these key steps to empower your teaching career:

Step 1
Complete a two-day, face-to-face training workshop with SCSC a Sourcewell Technology partner and a ISTE Certification Authorized Provider.

Step 2
Complete a five to eight- week online course (approximately 30 hours). For additional details, view the sample syllabus and program brochure.

Step 3
Assemble your e-portfolio of artifacts and submit them to the review panel. Aspiring ISTE Certified Educators will have six months to apply learning and submit e-portfolios.

Step 4
Become an ISTE Certified Educator.

ISTE Certification is a broadly recognized credential that enhances your professional status and is a valuable résumé addition for employability. Be sure to share earned credentials and digital badges in email signatures as evidence of your expertise and dedication to teaching and learning. 

When you become a certified educator, you gain more than a credential. You join a dedicated group of peers with a common perspective, shared vision, and dedication to improving education. Once certified, you can join ISTE Certified Educator meetups—including at the annual ISTE conference—to connect and collaborate with fellow educators.

Instructor teams

South Central Service Cooperative

Dave Paschke dpaschke@projectsocrates.org, project lead
Meghan Eberhart MEberh1@isd77.org
Paulette Topel ptopel@stpeterschools.org
Jennifer Berkner jberkner@beas.blueearth.k12.mn.us
Sourcewell Tech
Ashley Protivinsky Ashley.Protivinsky@sourcewelltech.org, project lead
Mary Mehsikomer Mary.Mehsikomer@sourcewelltech.org
Troy Cherry Troy.Cherry@sourcewelltech.org
Kate Indrelie Kate.Indrelie@sourcewelltech.org
Cyndy Harrison Cyndy.Harrison@sourcewelltech.org
Sourcewell North
Maggie Velasco Maggie.Velasco@sourcewell-mn.gov
Audra Lind Audra.Lind@sourcewell-mn.gov