North Carolina is leading the nation through the Certified Educational Chief Technology Officer (CeCTO) program.

What is CeCTO?

Offered through a partnership between the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, UNC School of Government’s Center for Public Technology and MCNC, the Certified Educational Chief Technology Officer (CeCTO) program is one of the nation’s first technology-centered certification programs for educators. The program features two components – one designed for superintendents and the other for technology directors. Superintendents participate in the "Leaders for the 21st Century" track – a 20-hour instructional course supplemented with required collaborative sessions with CeCTO candidates. Technology directors participate in 240 hours of instruction.

New in 2014 and going forward, the candidates in the CeCTO program will integrate with the National Certified Government Chief Information Officer (CGCIO) program at UNC with the unique opportunity for graduates to join and/or become board members of the North Carolina Local Government Information Systems Association, or NCLGISA.

This 10-month program helps establish the core competencies IT leaders need in today’s education environment. Many look to gain additional knowledge and skills to ensure they are using technology in the most effective and productive ways possible in their schools and school districts while others seek better proficiencies in managing the constantly expanding role for IT in the educational landscape, protecting their enterprise from ever-increasing security threats, keeping up with the pace of new technology and its use in education, organizational transformation, IT governance, project and risk management, and legal and regulatory issues.

The Class of 2014 begins in August with 14 participants. Take a look back at previous CeCTO courses.

North Carolina is using technology as the tool to solve problems. The CeCTO program gives school administrators the necessary knowledge, skills, and confidence to effectively use and manage technology in schools and school districts. This course is about articulating the value school tech directors and superintendents bring to the table.

Since 2010, this pioneering program has added 104 CeCTOs and Leaders for the 21st Century in North Carolina schools. The overall reaction from participants this year and in years past remains positive, and most who complete the program hope to see a refresher course or a continuation of the program in the years to come.

If you’re nterested in learning more or participating in a future CeCTO course, please contact Mike Ramsey at the N.C. Carolina Department of Public Instruction or Maurice Ferrell at UNC School of Government’s Center for Public Technology. You also can contact us today.