Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL)™

For K-12 education technology leaders, earning the CETL certification will demonstrate to your staff, superintendent, and other stakeholders that you have mastered the knowledge and skills needed to define the vision for and successfully build 21st century learning environments in your school district.

View our directory of Certified Education Technology Leaders or download a printable description of the CETL program for more information.

The CETL certification exam is based on The Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO, which is the body of knowledge defining the skill areas critical to today’s education technology leaders. The Framework is divided into three primary areas:

  • Leadership & Vision
  • Understanding the Educational Environment
  • Managing Technology & Support Resources

Under each of these areas, the Framework further identifies specific responsibilities and the knowledge needed to perform these responsibilities in order to be a successful CTO in today’s educational environment. All questions on the exam are tied to the Framework.

Exam Fees
CoSN Members: $299.00
Non-Members: $499.00

Generous support provided by:


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

For generations, education has been the springboard to opportunity in America. But today, times have changed—our schools need to change with them. We live in a globally connected world. To thrive, our students need learning experiences that meet them where they are, engage them deeply, let them progress at a pace that meets their individual needs, and helps them master the skills for today and tomorrow.

In support the development of education technology leaders enabling the growth of personalized learning models in public school districts, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded a grant to CoSN for the Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL)™ program aimed at developing and sustaining these professionals.


Hear a CoSN Member Perspective

John Vaille, Certification Governance Committee, discusses the value of the CETL certification program.