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TCEA Offers First Educator Certification Training for Using Technology in the Classroom

by TCEA | May 23, 2018 | Press Release

TCEA Offers First Educator Certification Training for Using Technology in the Classroom

Austin, TX—TCEA is excited to announce that we have been selected by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) as an ISTE Certification Authorized Provider and will begin offering professional learning workshops to deliver the first-ever certification based on the ISTE Standards. ISTE Certification for Educators is a new competency-based, vendor-neutral certification focused on digital age pedagogy and based on the ISTE Standards for Educators. This certification recognizes educators who demonstrate the effective use of technology for learning in meaningful and transformative ways.

ISTE Certification for Educators was developed by ISTE to support systemic change in schools and districts by preparing educator cohorts that can serve as models and mentors for their peers. Candidate educators will participate in a rigorous process that includes both in-person and online training. After completing the training, participants have six months to compile artifacts and reflections into a portfolio for submission to the ISTE evaluation team to earn certification.

This unique certification is designed to help PK-12 educators rethink and redesign learning activities with technology to engage students in real-world, authentic, and active learning. The vendor- and device-neutral certification program focuses on the content and learning activities of the seven Educator Standards: Learner, Leader, Citizen, Collaborator, Designer, Facilitator, and Analyst. Educators who complete the certification will have the opportunity to earn graduate-level credits through ISTE’s partnership with Dominican University of California.

ISTE has selected TCEA based on our proven track record in delivering high-quality professional learning focused on education and education technology use to educators. TCEA will begin providing ISTE Certification workshops this summer. In addition to TCEA, these organizations were selected: Midwest Education Technology Community (METC), Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE), and the New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education (NYSCATE).

“ISTE is proud to be working with TCEA to expand the access of the ISTE Certification for Educators to states and school districts across the country,” said ISTE CEO Richard Culatta. “This new certification embodies the idea of learning first, technology second, and sets forth a nationally recognized set of expectations for educators. This is an exciting opportunity for educators who want to have their work recognized and validated, as well as for those who are ready to take their practice to the next level when it comes to using technology to support learning.”

“TCEA is proud to offer high-quality professional learning for educators in all content areas,” said TCEA Executive Director Lori Gracey. “We’re excited to be working with ISTE to provide educators one more consistent and trusted option to meet their career and learning goals. This certification will guide educators in creating technology lessons that support positive student outcomes backed by strong pedagogy and real-world application.”

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a nonprofit organization that works with the global education community to accelerate the use of technology to solve tough problems and inspire innovation. Our worldwide network believes in the potential technology holds to transform teaching and learning.

TCEA is a nonprofit, member-based organization that has supported the use of technology in education for the last 38 years. Our primary focus is on integrating technology into the PreK-16 environment and providing our members with cutting-edge knowledge and resources through conferences, workshops, online and print publications, and collaborations with higher education and business.