Leading Edge Certification

Leading Edge Online and Blended Teacher National Certification Program (LEC)

Leading Edge LogoThis 10-week national online teacher certification course guides educators through rigorous and engaging curriculum based on the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) National Standards for Online Teaching. Upon successful completion, the certification gives schools, districts and other prospective employers assurance that Leading Edge certified online teachers not only have the skills to effectively facilitate online courses, but also have a solid understanding of how to enhance the learning opportunities for all students enrolled in their courses.

In order to better prepare teachers and educational leaders for online and blended learning environments, the Leading Edge Alliance, a group of educational service agencies, universities, and nonprofits developed this national certification program for K–12 teachers and instructional leaders. South Central Service Cooperative as a partner with Leading Edge Certification (LEC), provides national certification programming to Minnesota the Midwest and through national partnerships.  LEC is the first national certification program of its kind and is platform and vendor neutral. View LEC Brochure


David Paschke, 507-389-1773

This blended learning course begins with a daylong workshop followed by eight weeks of online instruction and two weeks of online professional portfolio development. You have the option to attend the workshop face to face or through our video conferencing system.

Sign up for the next LEC cohort.

Cohorts typically start in late January or early February, June, and late September or early October each year. Schools or other educational agencies may request customized cohorts to fit schedules and initiatives. The winter Cohort begins in March this year instead of January. 

South Central Service Cooperative is looking for partners to promote and facilitate LEC programming, as well as participate in revenue sharing plans. 

  • A pedagogy-focused, not technology-focused, professional development program
  • 10 weeks, 6–15 hours/week (depending on learning style and tech expertise)
  • Nationally recognized certification
  • $450 per participant (three optional graduate credits offered by Hamline, $486)
  • Synchronous and asynchronous collaboration
  • Option to produce or modify significant blended unit or course under the guidance of online learning experts
  • Standards-based:               
    • National Standards for Online Teaching
    • National Educational Technology Standards
    • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Week 1 — Introduction and Portfolio Startup
Week 2 — Online and Blended Learning:  History, Concepts and Strategies
Week 3 — Pedagogy and Course Building
Week 4 — Building Community
Week 5 — Online Accessibility
Week 6 — Assessment and Evaluation
Week 7 — Policies and Preparation
Week 8 — Summation and Closure
Weeks 8–10 — Portfolio and Course Building

Sara Beuchmann, SOCRATES Online
Darlene Leimer, SOCRATES Online
David Paschke, SOCRATES
George Schoenborn, St Peter Schools
Jennifer Berkner, Blue Earth Schools
Kate Skappel, School District 197
Karen Johnson, SOCRATES
Mary Draper, Mankato Schools
Kelly Reagan, S. Washington Cty. Schools
Thomas Brandt, Osseo Schools
Polly Sheppard, Deer River Schools
Theresa Paczkowski, Alden-Conger Schools
Mary Mehsikomer, TIES 
Troy Cherry, TIES