Consortium for School Networking Awards First-Ever CETL Certifications to 32 Ed Tech Leaders

Washington, DC
Thursday, April 12, 2012

Washington, DC (April 12, 2012) – The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is pleased to announce the names of 32 education technology professionals who have earned the Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL)sm designation. These CETLs are the first to take and pass a rigorous two-part certification exam demonstrating that they have mastered the knowledge and skills needed to bring 21st century technology to our K-12 school systems.

The CETL certification exam is based on CoSN’s Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO. The Framework, also developed by practicing ed tech leaders, identifies the 10 skill areas needed to be a successful Chief Technology Officer (CTO). The CETL exam is two parts. Part I is a multiple-choice exam administered at a proctored test site. Those who pass Part I must then take and pass Part II, which is an essay-based exam, to earn the CETL designation. The CETL certification exam, launched in December 2011, was developed by education technology leaders under the facilitation of Prometric, an internationally known exam development organization who ensured that the exam is psychometrically sound and legally defensible.

“The professionals who passed the CETL exam represent the future of education technology in our nation’s K-12 schools. They understand the importance of bringing current and emerging technologies to our students so they can complete in the world they’ll inherit,” said Gayle Dahlman, Director of Certification and Education for CoSN. “We urge superintendents and school boards to seek CETL-certified professionals when hiring their technology staffs. The CETL designation will ensure that their district staff is committed to the future of education.”

For additional information of the CETL certification and a state-by-state listing of the newly certified CETLs, visit


About the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visit or phone 866.267.8747 to find out more about CoSN’s Leadership Initiatives, annual conference and events, policy and advocacy, membership, and resources.

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