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. Candidates also integrate study with the National Certified Government Chief Information Officer (CGCIO) program at UNC Chapel Hill.
This 10-month program helps establish the core competencies IT leaders need in today’s education environment using a variety of instructional methodologies, including face-to-face sessions, synchronous online sessions, and asynchronous online sessions. Many look to gain additional knowledge and skills to ensure they are using technology in the most productive ways possible in their schools and districts while others seek better proficiencies in managing the constantly expanding role for IT in education, 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.
Since 2010, this pioneering program has added approximately 113 CeCTOs and Leaders for the 21st Century in North Carolina schools. 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 technology directors and superintendents bring to the table.
The Class of 2015-2016 completed their work earlier this year with 17 CeCTO candidates and 14 superintendents participating. An estimated 11 CeCTO candidates for the Class of 2016-2017 began their course work on Aug. 24 with graduation scheduled for June 21, 2017.
If you’re interested 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 MCNC or get more information here.