Purpose of the Program
The Alabama CTO Certification Program consists of two certification programs in the area of technology management and leadership. The Alabama CTO Program is designed to provide information on specific topics, the opportunity for questions and discussion, and allow for networking with other school technology leaders. The program is designed to provide each system Technology Coordinator and leaders with the opportunity to stay up-to-date with best practices in a very complex and ever-changing field. The professional strands are patterned after the CoSN national framework, but are tailored for our State.
Who can participate?
- AETA Delegate Members (Technology Coordinators, Director of Technology, Chief Technology Officer, etc).
- AETA members with a minimum of three years of experience working in the education field
Click HERE to read more information about AETA membership.
What are the courses?
The Alabama CTO Certification program consists of 8 courses which cover the educational, IT, business, leadership and policy aspects of the technology coordinator job.
AL CTO ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
AL LAW, ETHICS AND POLICIES
AL DATA MANAGEMENT AND GOVERNANCE
AL TEACHING AND LEARNING
AL MODELS OF PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
AL IT MANAGEMENT
AL TECHNOLOGY PLANNING
AL FINANCE AND BUDGETING
When will the courses begin?
The AL CTO Certification Program began at the AETA Winter 2016 Conference. The initial cohort started the program in the winter of 2016 and be recognized at the Winter 2017 AETA conference. The next ALCTO cohort will begin during the Fall Symposium. Any member may apply to participate, but the Delegate Member applicants will be given preference for the first three cohorts in order to give all current Alabama ‘technology coordinators’ the opportunity to become certified. NOTE: The Winter and Summer conferences are one day, so participants should plan for courses to be offered on a second day.
Why pursue the AETA Alabama CTO Certification?
The AL CTO program is unique. It is founded on the belief that leadership and expertise in the area of educational technology is tremendously complex and dynamic. Success in the role of a K-12 CTO means possessing and maintaining a high level of competency in more than just one field – education or IT. Regardless of the participant’s background, the program has much to offer. It is designed to assist the participant in developing higher levels of competency in the full range of CTO responsibilities, while ensuring that unique state requirements and opportunities are covered.
The Alabama CTO Certification Program itself is the first of its kind and as we know it, no other state has developed such an innovative program for technology coordinators and leaders. As an Alabama CTO, you will share and learn from other systems leading to personal and professional growth. The program will provide access to information, training and professional development specific to educational technology in Alabama.
What is the cost once I am accepted to the program?
The course fee for the Alabama CTO Certification Program is $75. Participants are responsible to pay for their own travel and lodging. Meals are on your own.
Will the CoSN CETL course participation and exam fulfill the course requirements for the Alabama CTO program?
No, participation in the CETL program and subsequent exam will not satisfy the course requirements for the Alabama CTO Certification program. Participants should view the programs as separate state and national certifications. For additional information on the CETL course and exam, click HERE. Whereas all Alabama technology leaders and aspiring leaders are encouraged to complete the Alabama CTO certification program, it is not a prerequisite for CETL certification.
Apply to the Alabama CTO Certification Program
Applications for the CHARLIE cohort will open during the Summer Conference.
Contact Kelli Lane, VP of Professional Learning, at firstname.lastname@example.org or HERE.