Value of CETL® for Ed Tech Leaders

As school superintendents and school boards know, 21st century technology is increasingly important for preparing our K-12 students for higher education and ultimately their professional futures.


Ensuring that your district uses up-to-date education technology and that your teachers know how to use this technology to improve student achievement is the responsibility of your administration’s education technology professionals. But how do you measure your ed tech staff’s knowledge? How are you assured that these professionals are employing the most current technology tools and policies? Encouraging your education technology leaders to seek CETL®certification will help ensure that these professionals are equipped to implement your district's technology goals.

We have created an Administrators Guide with tips and information on how the CETL program can help your district achieve its 21st century technology goals. The CETL certification exam is rigorous and is based on CoSN’s Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO.

Encouraging CETL Certification will:

  • Demonstrate to your stakeholders that you are committed to the highest standards in your administration
  • Show your employees that you are committed to their professional growth
  • Help you hire or promote the most skilled and knowledgeable education technology leaders
  • Ensure that your district is keeping current on the latest trends and best practices in education technology
  • Help you match the skills of your technology team to the job requirements of those positions

Unique State Programs for Making the Digital Leap

Learn about how some states are making the digital leap by providing resources to districts in support of professional development and mentoring. CoSN hosted a webinar on December 9, 2015 featuring efforts made in four different states. This interactive discussion focused on state education leaders who have thought about this problem and created an environment that is receptive to a Digital Leap. Tune in here to find out what these leaders are doing differently. Read here to learn how the State of Utah provided support to its ed tech leaders.

Other CoSN Resources you might be interested in: Superintendent Self-AssessmentDistrict Leadership Team Assessment, CETL Certification Flyer, CTO Evaluation Rubric, CTO Interview Questions, CTO Job Description, CTO Self-Assessment, and References & Resources.