Program Terms & Eligibility
What are the certification requirements?
To become certified with CK-12, you need to attend 7 sessions (5 live webinars, and 2 on-demand) and submit the matching assignments. If for some reason you can’t make one of the sessions you are registered for, we encourage you to register for a later offering of that session. If you have questions about this process or issues meeting these requirements but still wish to become CK-12 Certified, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I get credit for previous attendance & work?
Yes. Live attendance for webinars and completion of assignments will be credited for up to 18 months. Work done during that time can be counted toward your application for certification.
What documentation will I receive?
Upon completion of program requirements, CK-12 Certified Educators are issued a certificate and letter documenting their work and the number of hours completed for the program. Many educators use that as documentation of professional development for their school or district. Educators who need documentation of attendance in live webinars before full completion of the program can request that by emailing email@example.com.
Will I need to recertify?
CK-12 Certified Educator certificates are valid for 2 years. To maintain active status, educators can choose from a variety of options for recertification, all of which can be viewed in the alumni portal after initial certification.
Who is eligible to become CK-12 certified?
All educators (and those who work with educators), whether a teacher in a class, a district administrator, a homeschool parent, a teacher-in-training, or someone who trains other teachers, are more than welcome to join us for this program.
What is the cost of the program?
Like all of CK-12’s resources, the program is completely FREE!
How do I register for the program?
You can register for the program by selecting your webinar sessions in the Registration tab at www.ck12.org/certified.
Is there a deadline to register for the program?
There is not a deadline for program registration, but it will be difficult to complete the required sessions during the summer program if you start later than July 15.
What is Zoom?
Zoom is a platform that provides video conferencing and more. The CK-12 Certified Educator Program uses it to host our webinars. If you have not used this application in the past, click on any login link prior to the actual webinar and it should prompt you to download Zoom. To download directly, you can find options at zoom.us/download.
How do I sign in to a webinar?
The confirmation email you received for each webinar session includes a direct login link for that webinar. If you didn’t receive a confirmation email when you signed up (or multiple ones if you registered for multiple sessions), please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can resend that link.
How do I access resources for this program?
All of the program resources are in a Certified Educator Program FlexBook® on our new FlexBook® 2.0 Platform. You will receive a link to join a CK-12 Class and access the FlexBook® at the beginning of July.
All About Sessions
How long does each session last & how many hours will it take me to complete the program?
Most of our Certified Educator Program sessions are about an hour in length. If you attend the minimum required sessions and take the time to complete the matching assignments, you will likely be spending between 10-15 hours completing the requirements.
Can I still become a Certified Educator if I can’t attend live sessions?
At this time, we require attendance in live webinars to become CK-12 Certified. However, you are more than welcome to see our recorded webinars at www.ck12.org/webinars if you simply want to expand your knowledge of CK-12’s platform.
Can I attend webinar sessions without completing the full Certified Educator Program?
Yes! You are welcome to register for individual webinar sessions and join us when you are able.
Why are two of the sessions “on demand”?
The first on demand session sets you up for success while in the Certified Educator Program and with using the CK-12 platform. The second on demand session is the culminating session at the end of the program. We think these two sessions are best viewed before and after the live webinar sessions, and we want you to be able to view them on your own schedule.
Do you offer in-person sessions?
All sessions offered are online webinars. There are no in-person sessions. Users are encouraged to join the Jumpstart Forum in the CK-12 Cafe at www.ck12.org/forum/105118/ to connect with other educators. Any questions posted there will also be addressed by CK-12.
What happens if I miss a session?
If you miss a session, feel free to register for a later offering of the same topic. If you are unable to make one, but still wish to see the webinar you missed, you can view archived webinars for each respective topic on our webinars page at www.ck12.org/webinars or at youtube.com/CK12Foundation.
How can I cancel or reschedule a session?
Your reminder emails contain a link for cancellation, and you can always register for new sessions on our registration page. You can also email email@example.com if you need help with cancellations or registrations.
Why don’t some sessions count toward the Certified Educator Program?
In addition to our core offerings to learn about the CK-12 Platform, we have created short webinars to address integration with Learning Management Systems and various topics that educators have requested we discuss. Due to the shorter timeframe of these supplemental sessions, our LMS breakouts, previews of new releases, conversations with our team or others in a geographic or subject area, and more do not count toward the core live requirements.
What is the difference between Case Studies and the regular webinar sessions?
We are hosting Case Study sessions in a slightly different format from our regular webinar sessions. These sessions will include panelists and will encourage a more open discussion/Q&A with the participants. These sessions are targeted towards a smaller audience.
Who should attend an LMS Breakout session?
Those who use Google Classroom, Canvas, and/or Schoology are encouraged to attend these short offerings to learn best practices for assigning CK-12 modalities and viewing student progress in these systems.
Are the webinar sessions recorded?
Certified Educator Program webinars are recorded and posted on our YouTube channel (youtube.com/ck12foundation) within 24 hours.
Program Completion & Benefits
What will I be able to do on CK-12 by the end of this program?
Participants will be able to navigate and use the CK-12 platform to access resources, customize content, assign modalities, utilize interactives, and track student progress. Additionally, they will gain a deeper understanding of how technology can be leveraged to support student learning in a classroom through various teaching strategies and use cases.
Can I get professional development through my district for participating in the program?
CK-12 will gladly provide documentation of your participation in the CK-12 Certified Educator Program. It is up to your school or district regarding how they count this toward any continuing education/professional development requirements.
Will you give me a CK-12 Certified Educator badge for my email signature or website?
Yes! Upon completion of the program, you will receive the CK-12 Certified Educator badge to show off your new status.
Will I receive a certificate of program completion?
Certificates are issued in early August for those who complete the full CK-12 Certified Educator Program within a single summer and submit all work by the July 31 deadline. Anyone completing requirements outside of the summer intensive will get certificates based on when they submit their request for certification.
How long is my certification valid and how do I recertify?
CK-12 Certified Educator certificates are valid for 2 years from the date of issue. Educators who wish to recertify can do so through a variety of options noted in the Alumni Portal tab — which they will gain access to upon completion of the program.
What is the Alumni Portal?
This tab is available for educators who have become CK-12 Certified. It includes information on recertification, links to add their info/picture to our Alumni page, and other options.
How do I get my picture on the CEP Alumni page?
Upon certification, you will gain access to the Alumni Portal tab. There, you can complete the form to have your info/picture added to the CEP Alumni page
What can I do now to prepare for this program or extend my knowledge of CK-12?
Explore the CK-12 platform through searching and browsing. Check out CK-12’s Help Center for general information. Share your work on CK-12 with others through social media. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about using CK-12.
I still have questions, what do I do now?
We're here to help you as you learn more about CK-12 and the resources and tools we offer. Check out our help desk (www.ck12.org/help) for text and video tutorials on specific topics or email email@example.com with any questions about our platform. For help with rescheduling webinars or questions about this program, you can also email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to attend an additional webinar, you may register for any new session on the registration tab (for the summer program) at www.ck12.org/certified or our webinars page (for school year offerings) at www.ck12.org/webinars.