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Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) Certification

What: The CoSN CETL Course is an online facilitated course, hosted in Canvas. The course runs approximately 12 weeks including an introductory session and a final session to host the final examination.

Cost: $900 to Vita-Learn members + includes a free Vermont Fest 2023 Registration ($400 value). The regular cost for the facilitated course and exam is $1188. Total savings $688

When: Please complete this simple poll to help us pick a date range. Please note:

  • All date ranges assume a weekly 90-minute facilitated virtual training session except as noted:
    • July 25 would be in-person for cohort members at the conclusion of the Tech Pizza event.
    • No sessions the week of Thanksgiving and the week of Christmas

Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) LogoAbout the Certification Program

The CETL® program is the only accredited practice-based certification program available to education technology leaders that bridges technical knowledge, understanding of the educational environment, leadership and vision, and the management of technology and support resources needed to integrate technology across the curriculum to advance student outcomes.

The CETL® credential is a true measure of today’s education technology leaders, identifying those who have mastered the framework skills and knowledge needed to bring 21st-Century skills to schools. The CETL® program is also a professional development tool that can be used to guide education technology leaders’ study of learning technologies. This certification requires satisfaction of eligibility criteria, the passage of a rigorous multiple-choice exam; adherence to a Code of Conduct; and a commitment to lifelong learning with a recertification process every three (3) years.

CoSN’s CETL certification program is based on CoSN’s Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO, which has been developed by and for education technology leaders working in the field. The Framework identifies the 10 skills areas critical to those who develop and manage our school districts’ technology. CoSN urges state departments of education to use the CETL program and its Framework to enhance the professional development goals and deepen the expertise of their LEA education technology staff members.

CoSN’s CETL certification program will:

  • Positively impact student and teacher achievement by ensuring education technology leaders are able and prepared to proactively address and prescribe technology solutions in all learning environments.

  • Enable strategic and systemic use of technology to improve learning in K-12 schools.

  • Recognize the evolving role of the CTO and address the gap between the dual aspects of a CTO’s job – both educational and technical – thereby serving as a self-assessment.

  • Create a clearly identifiable role for the CTO within a district’s leadership structure, andtoelevatetheprofessionandencouragedistrictstoensurethat the CTO is a valued member of the district’s administrative team.

  • Help CTOs and aspiring CTOs identify and find necessary professional development opportunities that will help them acquire or strengthen skills and competencies required for success as 21st century education technology leaders.

  • Influence technology professionals’ performance reviews by helping to identify strengths and areas of improvement.

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