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

This 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 blended and 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 non-profits developed this national certification program for K-12 teachers and instructional leaders. CILC is pleased to introduce a new agreement from South Central Service Cooperative, an Affiliate partner, to offer our members Leading Edge Certification (LEC). LEC is the first national certification programs of its kind and is both platform and vendor neutral.


  • A pedagogy-focused, not technology-focused professional development program

  • 10 weeks, 6-15 hours/week (depending on learning style and tech expertise)

  • National recognized certification

  • $450 per participants (three optional graduate credits offered by Hamline University, $486.00)

  • 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

The blended learning course begins with a day long 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.


  • 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 

  • Week 8-10 - Portfolio and Course Building

Winter, Summer and Fall Cohorts

Cohorts typically start in late January or early February, June and late September or early October. Schools or other educational agencies may request customized cohorts to fit schedules and initiatives. 

Leading Edge Certification Course $450.00


Leading Edge Certification Course 3 Graduate Credits from Hamline University $486.99



Contact David Paschke, South Central Service Cooperative, 507-236-3032. 


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Reaction from Leading Edge Certification Recipient 

“This course has transformed the way I think about and do my job. It's like I was in the dark, fumbling around, and someone came in and turned on the light”