METAA is offering the METAA Chief Technology Officer Certificate Online Course through Framingham State University. This rigorous 14-week online course will build an understanding of the essential skills and knowledge in the three primary areas of: Leadership & Vision, Understanding the Educational Environment, and Managing Technology & Support Resources as outlined in the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Coursework consists of readings, activities, online discussion posts, reflections, and a final project portfolio. This course addresses the needs of prospective technology directors as well as incumbent technology directors.
Students can expect to work about 5 asynchronous hours per week depending on expertise in the covered skill areas:
Leadership and Vision
Ethics and Policies
Instructional Focus and Professional Development
Team Building and Staffing
Information Technology Management
Communications Systems Management
Data Privacy and Security
The advantage of working within this online cohort is the sharing of learning and expertise in each of the skill areas. Technology directors do not have the same responsibilities in each district and the aim of CoSN and METAA, the national and local chapters representing technology directors, is to ensure that all technology directors are knowledgeable of the ten skill areas given above making possible the inclusion of the technology director on the central management team in each district. Another advantage is that students will earn 3 Framingham State credits.
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive a CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION from METAA. This certificate will give employers assurance that they will be hiring or have hired a technology administrator who possesses the vast knowledge and skills necessary to be an effective educational technology leader in the K-12 environment.
Course Cost: $1500 (non-refundable) Location: Online (Students will submit work online weekly – expect about 5 hours of work per week. Students will collaborate asynchronously.) Graduate Credits: 3 (through Framingham State University)