In response to the technological challenges faced by schools in recent years, METAA is offering a rigorous 14-week online course designed to build competencies in the ten essential skills required for educational technology directors. This course is suitable for both prospective and current technology directors and is designed to cover three primary categories: Leadership & Vision, Understanding the Educational Environment, and Managing Technology & Support Resources. Students will earn 3 Framingham State University (FSU) credits upon successful completion of this course.
The course consists of readings, activities, online discussion posts, reflections, on-line sessions, a final essay, and a project portfolio. Students should expect to work about 5 asynchronous hours per week, depending on their expertise in the ten skill areas the course covers.
The course offers the advantage of working in an online cohort format, which allows students to share learning, experience, and expertise in each of the skill areas.
Two Zoom informational forums are offered. One at the beginning of the course to discuss the course outline, the weekly posting schedule, and student expectations. A second Zoom session is offered toward the end of the course to review the requirements of the final project and the digital portfolio. An additional Zoom session, as part of one of the modules, will be offered with a guest presenter who will focus on a specific area of technology management and integration.
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive a course grade. Student’s work will also be evaluated 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.
Prerequisite Degrees: A bachelor’s or master’s degree is highly recommended as a prerequisite for this course. (Please note that the current Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary (DESE) Education Director Certification – Generalist requires a master’s degree.)
Next Current Course Duration:July 15, 2024 – October 20, 2024
The course consists of 12 weeks of instruction related to the skill areas and two additional weeks allotted for the final project.
Course Cost: $2000 (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.)
To receive the Course Registration Form and more course details, please complete the requested information at the following link by June 14, 2024. Click the button to receive more information:
The Course Registration Process will be sent out to those who have completed the requested information at the link above. Upon completion of the request form, the course syllabus, FSU registration process, and METAA payment process will be provided. The Course Registration Process must be completed by June 28, 2024.
Graduate Credits: 3 (through Framingham State University)
Course registration provides access to: FSU course site, CoSN course reference materials for one year, and LiveBinder Portfolio.