CoSN Accepting Applications for Inaugural Administration of CETL Certification Exam

Deadline for Applications: Friday, February 3, 2012
Washington, DC
Monday, January 23, 2012

Washington, DC (January 23, 2012) – The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is now accepting applications for the first-ever administration of its Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) Certification Exam, which will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2012, prior to the CoSN Annual Conference 2012 kickoff in Washington, DC. Achieving CETL certification will enable current and aspiring chief technology officers (CTOs) to demonstrate to their superintendents and colleagues that they have the necessary commitment and skills to successfully lead in the 21st century educational environment.  

“It’s essential that K-12 education technology leaders have mastered a body of knowledge and have the skills to effectively guide their districts as the technology landscape continues to evolve,” said Cheryl Williams, Chair, CETL Certification Governance Committee. “By measuring CTOs’ abilities, the CETL Certification Exam will distinguish those who have the knowledge and skills to advance education in their school districts with technology and help to transform and reimagine teaching and learning.”  

The exam, which is based on CoSN’s Framework of Essential Skills of K-12 CTO, comprises two parts administered using a proprietary Internet-based testing system:

  • Part I: Multiple-choice, two-hour exam taken at a proctored site; and
  • Part II: Essay-based exam taken on the applicant’s personal computer. Applicants will be given seven days to submit Part II.

Only exam takers who pass Part I are eligible to take Part II, and those who pass both parts of the exam will be CETL-certified. “The exam and the Framework were written by CTOs working in the field,” said Gayle Dahlman, CoSN’s Director of Certification and Education. “This ensures that the exam accurately reflects the current realities of the CTO profession.”

The CETL exam is a component of CoSN’s CETL Certification Program, which was launched in April 2011 through a grant from the National Science Foundation’s National Science Digital Library for Sustaining Broader Impacts.

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