METAA is offering the METAA Chief Technology Officer Certificate Online Course through Framingham State University. This rigorous 14-week online course will build competencies in the ten essential skills of these three primary categories: Leadership & Vision, Understanding the Educational Environment, Managing Technology & Support Resources. Students will earn 3 Framingham State credits. This course is designed for both prospective and current technology directors.
Coursework consists of readings, activities, online discussion posts, reflections, a final essay, and a project portfolio. Students can expect to work about 5 asynchronous hours per week depending on expertise in the ten skill areas the course covers.
The advantage of working in our online cohort format is the sharing of learning, experience, and expertise in each of the skill areas. With the vital role technology plays in education, this course ensures that students gain the competencies to be included in the central management team in each school or district.
Two Zoom course informational sessions will be offered, one near the beginning of the course and one before the final project is due. These Zoom sessions are optional for students and are meant as forums to ask questions initially about the student expectations of the course and at the end to make sure the requirements of the final project are clear. We are also planning other optional Zoom sessions with guest presenters focusing on specific areas of technology management and integration in Massachusetts.
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive a course grade. Student’s work will also be evaluated in order to receive the METAA CTO Certificate through the METAA CTO Course Committee’s review of each student’s LiveBinder portfolio and final project. This certificate provides employers verification 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. This certificate is different from other certification programs, like the CoSN CETL certification which requires four years’ experience as a technology director.
Pre-Requisite Degrees: A Bachelor or Master’s degree is highly recommended. (Please note that the current Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary (DESE) Education Director Certification – Generalist requires a Master’s degree.)
Next Course Information:
Course Duration: July 10, 2023 – October 15, 2023
The course consists of 12 weeks of instruction related to the skill areas and two additional weeks allotted for the final project.
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 within the weekly schedule.)