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.
Launched in 2010, 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 will integrate study with the National Certified Government Chief Information Officer (CGCIO) program at UNC Chapel Hill.
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 (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.
In addition to serving on the planning team, MCNC periodically hosts the class at its facilities and promotes the class activities through online stories and videos.
The Class of 2015-2016 began in August with 17 CeCTO candidates and 14 Superintendents participating. Take a look back at previous CeCTO courses.
- Class of 2015-2016
In their words: Instructors describe CeCTO experience
- Class of 2014-2015
In Their Words: The value of CeCTO
- Class of 2013-2014
CeCTO program to change in 2014
- Class of 2012-2013
North Carolina adds 25 New CeCTOs in Schools
The CeCTO Chronicles (view complete video playlist on our YouTube channel)
CeCTO program begins third year this week
- Class of 2011-2012
CeCTO Brings Out Passion in Education
North Carolina welcomes 24 new CeCTOs
Certified Educational Chief Technology Officers Leading Innovation in North Carolina Schools
- Class of 2010-2011
Introducing CeCTO's Class of 2010
Revolutionary CTO Course Gives School Leaders Command Over Technology
School Technology Directors Praise CeCTO Program
If you’re interested in learning more or participating in a CeCTO course, 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.