CETL National Study Course Faculty

This course is taught by a certified faculty of distinction using CoSN’s Online Collaborative Learning Site with materials designed to prepare a practicing or aspiring education technology leader for the CoSN CETL examination leading to the CETL credential. 


  • Rick Gaisford, CETL, Education Technology Specialist, Utah State Office of Education, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Ed McKaveney, CETL, Technology Director, Hampton Township SD, Allison Park, PA
  • Richard Platts, CETL, Director of Technology & Innovation, North Allegeny SD, Pittsburgh,  PA
  • Jim Stewart, CETL, Chief Technology Officer, Utah Education Network, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Cory Stokes, CETL, Technology Director, SE Development Center, Cedar City, UT
  • Kathleen Webb, CETL, Personnel Preparation & Special Education Licensure, Utah Office of Education, Gunnison, UT

National Study Course Syllabus

  • Week 1 - Introduction
    Course Overview and Logistics. Information on the CETL Certification.   
  • Week 2 - Leadership and Vision
    Work closely with the executive team and stakeholders to develop a shared vision with long-term, big-picture perspectives on district goals to plan for meaningful and effective uses of technology; provide leadership when creating a vision of how technology will help meet district goals.
  • Week 3 - Strategic Planning
    Have a high-level view across the school system and work with instructional and technical teams to identify steps needed to transform the technology vision into a long-range plan, complete with specific goals, objectives, and action plans.
  • Week 4 - Instructional Focus and Professional Development
    Budget, plan, and coordinate ongoing, purposeful professional development for all staff using technologies; ensure a sufficient budget through the implementation and assessment process of emerging technologies.
  • Week 5 - Ethics and Policies
    Manage the creation, implementation, and enforcement of policies and educational programs relating to the social, legal, and ethical issues related to technology use throughout the district and modeling responsible decision-making.
  • Week 6 - Team Building and Staffing
    Play an integral role in the district’s strategic planning process; create and support cross- functional teams for decision-making, technology support, professional development, and other aspects of the district’s technology program.
  • Week 7 - Stakeholder Focus
    Build relationships with all stakeholders, taking a close look at how the district determines requirements, expectations, and preferences. Understand the key factors that lead to stakeholder satisfaction, focusing on how the district seeks knowledge, satisfaction, and loyalty of students and other stakeholders.
  • Week 8 - Information Technology Management
    Direct, coordinate, and ensure implementation of all tasks related to technical, infrastructure, standards, and integration of technology into every facet of district operations.
  • Week 9 - Communication Systems Management
    Use technology to improve communication, directing and coordinating the use of e-mail, district websites, web tools, voice mail systems, and other forms of communication to facilitate decision-making and to enhance effective communication with key stakeholders.
  • Week 10 - Business Management
    Manage the budget and serve as a strong business leader who guides purchasing decisions, determines the return on investment for all technology implementations, and fosters good relationships with vendors, potential funders, and other key groups.
  • Week 11 - Data Management
    Manage the establishment and maintenance of systems and tools for gathering, mining, integrating, and reporting data in usable and meaningful ways to produce an information culture in which data management is critical to strategic planning.