Summer 2022 Google Level 2 Certification Test Prep Cohort

Reserve your spot today in this summer’s LTC-hosted Google Educator Level 2 certification cohort! In this cohort, we will break down the Google Educator Level 2 curriculum into smaller workshops while preparing you to pass the Goole Level 2 certification exam. Each session will cover different Google apps, including Gmail, Slides, and Drawings; Scholar, Books, Google Arts, and Culture; Earth and Maps; Sites and Blogger; YouTube and Classroom; Keep and Trends.

Educator Level 2 certification indicates that an educator is able to successfully integrate a wider range of Google for Education tools and other technologies in order to transform teaching practices. Educators who pass the certification test (not included) will be able to advertise their status with a personal certificate and badge. Certification lasts 36 months.

The Google Educator Level 1 certification is not a prerequisite for this workshop or the Level 2 certification.* The Level 2 exam CAN be taken before the Level 1 exam.

This cohort will meet virtually during July 2022, on Thursdays from 8:30-10:30 AM (see below for dates). All sessions will be recorded and shared with registrants. Participants will earn PD hours after each individual session, with the chance to earn a total of 8 PD hours (PD will not be awarded for viewing recorded sessions). Don’t miss this chance to learn, make new friends, and grow professionally as a part of this exciting Google Level 2 cohort!

Dates:
Week 1: Thursday, July 7
Week 2: Thursday, July 14
Week 3: Thursday, July 21
Week 4: Thursday, July 28
Bonus Session: TBD

Helpful Reminders:

Participants are encouraged, but not required, to bring multiple devices or utilize multiple monitors during this cohort to ensure both their Zoom call and work space are accessible at the same time.

*All learning levels are welcomed. If you are brand new or consider yourself a beginner user of Google Workspace for Education, please visit the Google training site prior to our cohort to familiarize yourself with Google Workspace for Education.

If you would like more information about apps covered on the exam, please visit Google’s training site: https://edu.google.com/teacher-center/certifications/educator-level2/?modal_active=none

Google Level 2 Test Prep Cohort-Spring 2022

Reserve your spot today and join a Google Level 2 cohort! In this cohort, we will break down the Google Educator Level 2 exam into smaller workshops while preparing you to pass the Google Level 2 Certification Exam. Each session will cover different Google apps, including Gmail, Slides, and Drawings; Scholar, Books, Google Arts, and Culture; Earth and Maps; Sites and Blogger; YouTube and Classroom; Keep and Trends.

Level 2 certification indicates that an educator is able to successfully integrate a wider range of Google for Education tools and other technologies in order to transform teaching practices. Educators who pass the certification test (not included) will be able to advertise their status with a personal certificate and badge. Certification lasts 36 months.

This cohort will meet virtually every other week on Thursdays from 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM (see below for dates). Don’t miss this chance to learn, make new friends, and grow professionally as a part of this exciting Google Level 2 cohort!

This cohort will provide a total of 8 PD hours. PD hours will be provided after each individual session. If you are unable to attend one of the sessions, the sessions will be recorded and shared with those that register (PD hours will not be issued for the individual session missed).

This cohort will meet on the following dates from 3:15-4:15 PM.

February 10, 2022
February 17, 2022
February 24, 2022
March 3, 2022
March 10, 2022
March 17, 2022
March 24, 2022
March 31, 2022
April 7, 2022
April 14, 2022
Bonus Session-TBA

If you would like more information about apps covered on the exam, please visit Google’s training site: https://edu.google.com/teacher-center/certifications/educator-level2/?modal_active=none

Google Level 2 Certification Workshop

Reserve your spot today in our Google Educator Level 2 crash course! In this session, we will break down the Google Educator Level 2 exam into smaller workshops while preparing you to succeed on the Google Educator Level 2 Certification exam. Each session will cover different Google apps, including Gmail, Slides, and Drawings; Scholar, Books, Google Arts, and Culture; Earth and Maps; Sites and Blogger; YouTube and Classroom; Keep and Trends.

Level 2 certification indicates that an educator is able to successfully integrate a wider range of Google for Education tools and other technologies in order to transform teaching practices. Educators who pass the certification test (not included) will be able to advertise their status with a personal certificate and badge. Certification lasts 36 months.

Participants are recommended to bring two devices to the workshop.

**If you would like more information about apps covered on the exam, please visit Google’s training site: https://edu.google.com/teacher-center/certifications/educator-level2/?modal_active=none

Let’s Get Google Certified! Google Level 2 Prep

Reserve your spot today in our upcoming Google Level 2 workshop! In this workshop, we will break down the Google Educator Level 2 exam into smaller components while preparing you to pass the Goole Level 2 Certification Exam. Each component will cover different Google apps, including Gmail, Slides, and Drawings; Scholar, Books, Google Arts, and Culture; Earth and Maps; Sites and Blogger; YouTube and Classroom; Keep and Trends.

Level 2 certification indicates that an educator is able to successfully integrate a wider range of Google for Education tools and other technologies in order to transform teaching practices. Educators who pass the certification test (not included) will be able to advertise their status with a personal certificate and badge. Certification lasts 36 months. Participants should bring a Chromebook or laptop to the workshop.

Summer 2021 Google Level 2 Certification Test Prep Cohort

Reserve your spot today and join a Google Level 2 cohort! In this cohort, we will break down the Google Educator Level 2 exam into smaller workshops while preparing you to pass the Goole Level 2 Certification Exam. Each session will cover different Google apps, including Gmail, Slides, and Drawings; Scholar, Books, Google Arts, and Culture; Earth and Maps; Sites and Blogger; YouTube and Classroom; Keep and Trends.

Level 2 certification indicates that an educator is able to successfully integrate a wider range of Google for Education tools and other technologies in order to transform teaching practices. Educators who pass the certification test (not included) will be able to advertise their status with a personal certificate and badge. Certification lasts 36 months.

This cohort, cohosted by Lisa Schwartz and Holly Kelly, will meet virtually every other week on Wednesdays from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM (see below for dates and times). Don’t miss this chance to learn, make new friends, and grow professionally as a part of this exciting Google Level 2 cohort! The Cohort will provide a total of 8 PD hours. PD hours will be provided after each individual session. If you are unable to attend one of the sessions, the sessions will be recorded and shared with those that register (PD hours will not be issued for the individual session missed).

**If you would like more information about apps covered on the exam, please visit Google’s training site: https://edu.google.com/teacher-center/certifications/educator-level2/?modal_active=none

Dates:
Week 1: Wednesday, July 7, 9:00 AM – 11: 00 AM
Week 2: Wednesday, July 14, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Week 3: Wednesday, July 21, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Week 4: Wednesday, July 28, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

How to Become a Google Certified Educator

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Today, educators at all grade levels and across all subject areas have a wide variety of options when it comes to growing their professional skill set. In-person workshops, online courses, micro-credentials, and more are all great ways to acquire fresh, classroom-ready skills in the near term.

However, certifications remain a reliable standard for most teachers. With just a bit of time and effort, a qualified certification can help an educator gain distinction in their career and demonstrate that they are continuously focused on enhancing their capacity to teach effectively.

Without a doubt, Google’s several Educator certifications are among the most popular today, particularly in this era of remote and hybrid learning. These certifications focus on building mastery within Google’s suite of education-centered apps, including Google Classroom, Google Forms, and Google Drive.

But how exactly do you become “Google Educator Certified”? And why should you strive for Google Educator certification in the first place? You’ll find answers to these and other common questions in this handy guide to becoming Google Educator Certified.

Why Earn Google Educator Certifications?

There are plenty of great reasons to seek out Google Educator certifications. First and foremost, there’s inherent value in sharpening your craft. New and veteran teachers alike need to continuously learn to stay at the top of their game, and Google Educator certifications are one way to make that learning both streamlined and productive.

Along the same lines, nearly all educators today incorporate digital technologies into their standard curriculum (even outside the context of remote and hybrid learning). Some platforms, like Google’s suite of education-centered apps, come with a learning curve that must be overcome before full integration can occur. Google Educator certifications help lower that learning curve noticeably by focusing on precisely the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in a Google-connected classroom.

Of course, there are also some more concrete reasons for choosing Google Educator certifications. As with most credentials, successful participants earn a special, level-appropriate badge and the right to call themselves a “Google Certified Educator.” Successful participants also gain a bonafide credential that can help them achieve upward mobility on their career path.

Google Educator certifications aren’t just appealing to individual educators, though. Administrators and department heads can also encourage their faculty to earn these certifications to facilitate more consistent utilization of Google’s apps and services. This, in turn, can help schools and districts achieve their primary tech integration goals – especially if those goals center on fully integrating Google hardware and software.

How to Become a Google Certified Educator

Believe it or not, becoming a Google Certified Educator is a very achievable goal that educators at any grade level and in any subject area can achieve. All it takes is an appetite for learning – not to mention a couple classes and exams.

To start, you’ll want to generally familiarize yourself with each of Google’s education-centered applications. After doing that, you’ll be ready to take a Google Educator Level 1 certification class, which helps you solidify skills for using Google Drive, Google Forms, Google Classroom, and more.

With that course completed, you’ll be prepared to take the Google Educator Level 1 certification exam. This exam is designed to test your broad proficiency with Google’s apps and services in a concise, digital format. This test can be taken as many times as necessary and does not require participants to have taken part in a Google Educator Level 1 certification class prior to completion.

Once you pass that exam, you’ll officially earn the title of “Google Certified Educator,” along with its associated credential and badge. However, your learning journey need not end there. Though optional, educators can choose to deepen their understanding of Google’s apps and services through a Google Educator Level 2 certification.

Like the Level 1 certification, a Level 2 certification involves taking part in a multi-hour class before participating in a proctored online exam. However, the Level 2 certification focuses on more specific use cases for Google’s most popular apps. By participating in and passing the Level 2 certification process, educators can double their level of understanding when it comes to the Google for Education suite.

If you do complete your Level 2 certification, you’ll still be considered a “Google Certified Educator,” without any new title. However, you will receive a second credential and badge that can act as evidence of your ongoing professional development.

What Google Educator Courses Do I Need to Take to Earn Certification?

In order to earn certification, an educator is not required to take any content-specific courses relating to Google’s apps or services. Currently, educators only need to participate in and pass the exam correlated to their level of certification.

That being said, the vast majority of educators do choose to take a relevant certification course prior to sitting for a certification exam. Accordingly, intermediate users tend to take part in a Google Educator Level 1 course while more advanced users opt for a Google Educator Level 2 course.

Who Teaches Google Educator Certification Courses?

In most cases, Google Educator Certification courses are taught by Google Certified Trainers. These are individuals who have taken their own training through Google and learned what it takes to support teachers through the certification process. Often, these Certified Trainers will teach small-to-medium sized groups – either in a workshop or in-service format – to maximize a school or district’s ability to widely implement Google’s platform.

Do I Need to Complete Level 1 Certification to Participate in Level 2 Certification?

No, you do not. Despite their names, Google Educator Level 1 and Level 2 certifications are not designed as a ladder for you to climb. Rather, you can participate in either level of certification at your discretion without prerequisites. However, most participants still seek out Level 1 certification before Level 2 certification because the skills in each build off of one another.

How Long Does a Google Educator Certification Last?

Both the Google Educator Level 1 and Level 2 certifications last for 36 months (3 years). After that time, certified educators will need to retake the appropriate test to maintain their title.

Will I need to Take any Tests to Earn Google Educator Certification?

Yes, each level of Google Educator certification requires participants to take and pass an exam. Each of these exams evaluate participant’s competency in different skills related to the utilization of Google’s assorted apps and services.

What is the Format for Google Educator Certification Exams?

As far as format is concerned, both the Level 1 and Level 2 exams respectively consist of 20 multiple choice/drag-and-drop questions and 10 “scenario” questions. Scenario questions require participants to demonstrate their ability to complete a certain task satisfactorily using one or more Google apps. All test questions must be completed within a set time limit, which stands at 180 minutes for both the Level 1 and Level 2 exams.

To pass either the Level 1 or Level 2 exam, a participant must earn an 80%. However, if this threshold is not achieved, a participant may retake the exam after waiting 14 days. Meanwhile, a third attempt will require a 60 day wait, and a fourth attempt requires participants to wait a full year.

What Content should I Expect on the Google Educator Certification Exam?

Both the Google Educator Level 1 and Level 2 certification exams cover different content, requiring participants to study and practice different material before sitting for each. The specific content on each exam varies as well, with Google requiring all participants to sign an NDA concerning each test’s questions and answers.

However, past test-takers have noticed some trends in what content is covered on each exam. The Google Educator Level 1 certification exam, for example, tends to include more questions about Google Classroom, Google Forms, Google Sheets, and YouTube. However, any and all apps in the G Suite for Education may be covered on the exam, so participants should study as broadly as possible. 

Do I Have to Pay to take the Google Educator Certification Exam?

Yes, Google requires those seeking Google Educator certifications to pay a fee to take the associated exams. Currently, those fees are set at $10 for the Level 1 certification exam and $25 for the Level 2 certification exam.

However, some certification prep classes offer vouchers to participants that can waive these fees. As such, those seeking certification are encouraged to take these classes both to sharpen their skills and save a bit of cash.

What are some Tips or Tricks for taking the Google Educator Certification Exam?

While studying and practicing are the two best ways to prepare for the Google Educator certification exams, we also recommend checking out these tips and tricks for passing your exam on the first try.

Google Educator Certification and the LTC

Regardless of whether you are brand new to the education field or have spent your entire career in the classroom, Google Educator certifications can help you improve the way you teach. The certification process is very manageable as well, as long as you prepare properly and persevere while learning about all of Google’s education-centered apps and services.

However, you don’t need to go it alone when it comes time to seek out Google Educator certifications. The LTC offers schools and districts across Illinois the opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge needed to achieve certification through a variety of regional workshops. Those looking for customized in-district professional development centered on Google Educator certification can also find support from the LTC’s team of highly-trained staff.

The How and Why of Becoming Google Certified

Do you need to go through the entire fundamental course?

The answer is no. However, I did so in order to learn as much as possible and not miss out on anything. If you feel confident in the content, go to the end of each unit in the training and complete the Unit Review to test yourself on the material. When satisfied with results, proceed to the next unit. If not, it is possible to review that unit again. Eric Curts has provided an outstanding checklists about topics before taking the exam. 

Google Certified Educator Level 1

Google Certified Educator Level 2

Are you ready for Google Level 1 and 2 Certification tests?

Once the content has been reviewed, exams are the next step. It took a while before I was ready to take the exams. I had a hard time finding time to complete the Fundamentals training. When I finished the training, I questioned if I knew the material well enough to take the exam. When I did take the test, I would have benefitted from some of the following facts:

  • You are given 3 hours to complete the exam.
  • The exam consists of multiple-choice questions, drag and drop, and performance-based scenarios.
  • $10 exam fee with up to 7 days to take the exam.
  • On average, 30% of educators are unsuccessful at passing the 1st time.
  • The primary reason people fail is not enough time to complete the exam.  
  • If you fail, you are allowed to take the exam again in 14 days, and a third time in 60 days.
  • Certification is valid for 3 years.

Knowing these facts was reassuring because even in the event of a failure, the exam can be retaken with a much higher likelihood of passing! 

Why did I want to become Google Certified?

Now let’s go to the “Why did I… ” part of the certification. Simply put, I wanted to learn more about effectively using Google Apps with students and educators. I also wanted to prove to myself that I could complete the certification. The good news was I did it! I passed both exams and received a digital badge and certification from Google. The badge can be used in your email signature to promote your ability to implement Google tools in the classroom. In conclusion, this process essentially taught me more about Google Apps and implementing technology skills in the classroom so I could do more with my students and help educators.

What I have learned in this process? 

Reflecting back on the journey, I’ve learned that we don’t give ourselves enough credit for what we know. I see this with the teachers I work with on a daily basis and I find myself falling into this mindset as well. Through this certification journey, I have learned so much about Google Apps and how to incorporate them into the classroom. I have discovered so many new ideas regarding how I can use these tools with students and my fellow educators. In completing the Google Certifications, I have proved to myself, my students, and fellow educators that I am a continuous learner. It is very exciting to call myself a Google Level 1 and 2 Certified Educator! In fact, I was so motivated after completing these 2 certifications, that I applied for, and was accepted, as a Google Certified Trainer! It has been quite a journey and one that I hope you will consider embarking on as well! 

The LTC can help you!

The Learning Technology Center (LTC) has Google Level 1 and 2 Certification workshops that will help you practice the performance-based scenarios of the certifications and answer any other questions you may have about the process. Check out the LTC website to find a workshop near you.