METAA is offering the METAA Chief Technology Officer Certificate Online Course through Framingham State University. This rigorous 16-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 for the K-12 Chief Technology Officer (CTO). This course has been updated to reflect any new CETL course information released by CoSN.
This course is applicable to prospective technology directors and incumbent technology directors. Although four years as technology director is necessary to be eligible to take the CoSN CETL examination, it is not required for the METAA CTO certificate or to take this course. A Bachelor or Masters degree is highly recommended. (Please note that current DESE Director (generalist) certification requires a Masters degree.)
Coursework consists of readings, activities, online discussion posts, reflections, final essay, and project portfolio. This course addresses the current 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
Business Management and
The advantage of working within this online cohort format is the sharing of learning, experience, 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 the course grade and be considered for the METAA CTO CERTIFICATE through the METAA CTO Course Committee’s review of each student’s LiveBinder portfolio and final project. This review will determine the candidate’s eligibility for the METAA CTO Certificate. 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 Duration: September 24, 2018 through January 14, 2019 (16 weeks)
The course consists of 12 weeks of instruction related to the skill areas, two additional weeks allotted for the final project, and 2 weeks built in for December holidays.
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.)
To receive Course Registration Form and more course details, please complete the information requested at the following link by September 4, 2018:
The Course Registration Form will be sent out to those who have completed the survey.Upon receipt of your interest in this course, further information to complete the application process will be provided.
Submit the Course Registration Form by September 10, 2018
Graduate Credits: 3 (through Framingham State University)
Materials: Access to CoSN reference materials for one year