Professional Development & Certification Programs
If you’re new to using Google tools, becoming a Google Certified Educator is a fantastic place to start. These days, teachers are especially hungry for technology support and training; this year alone, educators have earned over 100,000 Educator Level 1 and 2 certifications. While you prepare for the exams, you’ll develop everyday skills—like better engaging with students in Google Meet and bringing student work online in Google Classroom—so you can confidently use technology to engage your students and manage your classes. You’ll also earn certifications to celebrate your hard work. Level 1 and 2 certifications are required for the Certified Trainer, Coach, and Innovator programs.
The Certified Trainer program is for educators who want to lead and train fellow teachers on using Google tools in the classroom. Though some folks are full-time Trainers, most Trainers I’ve met are classroom teachers who are just passionate about empowering other teachers with classroom technology, and they lead group trainings a few times a year in their schools or districts.
The Certified Coach program is designed for instructional coaches who want structured and research-based strategies that they can put into practice when working with teachers. While Trainers lead one-off group sessions on Google’s tools, Coaches meet regularly 1:1 with teachers to provide personalized support as they tackle classroom challenges with technology. With 1:1 coaching, I’m able to meet each teacher at their own level, whether they are new to using technology or an old pro that is looking to level up. I’ve been an instructional coach for five years, and I’m still learning new things from the curriculum.
The Certified Innovator program is for educators who want to solve a problem in education in their school, community, or beyond. Any educator can apply. Just describe the challenge you want to solve, your history of innovation, and your passion for growing your impact. The program helps you launch an innovation project, providing structured mentorship, programming, and a cohort of inspiring educators who support you all along the way.