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Take the CETL Exam at CoSN's
2014 Annual Conference in D.C.

CoSN will be administering the Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL)™ exam on March 21 in Washington, D.C., during our Annual Conference.

To apply for the exam or to learn more about the CETL program, please visit or email the certification team at Not attending the conference —contact us regarding other opportunities to take the exam!

CoSN's Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL)™ Certification Program
For K-12 education technology leaders, earning the CETL certification will demonstrate to your staff, superintendent, and other stakeholders that you have mastered the knowledge and skills needed to define the vision for and successfully build 21st century learning environments in your school district.

Why Was the Certification Program Created?
While technology has had a transformative impact on our society, the influence of technology to improve and innovate learning in our nation's schools has not kept up. CTOs must understand the educational environment, know how technology enhances the student's educational experience, and play an active role in the school district's long-term strategic and operational goals.

To identify the knowledge and skills needed by education technology leaders, CoSN developed the Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO. The CETL exam tests existing and aspiring education technology leaders on their mastery of the knowledge and skills outlined in the Framework.

Who Developed the Certification Program?
CoSN's CETL certification program was created by and for education technology leaders with guidance from certification professionals. This ensures that the program is a valid reflection of today's CTO profession. The program is managed by the Certification Governance Committee (CGC), which is a volunteer group of subject matter experts with a combined total of more than 160 years of experience in the education technology field.

What's On the CETL Exam?
The CETL certification exam is based on The Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO which is divided into three primary areas:

Leadership & Vision | Understanding the Educational Environment |
Managing Technology & Support Resources

Visit to download the entire Framework.

How is the Exam Structured?
There are two parts to the exam:
Part I is a multiple-choice exam administered via Internet-Based Testing (IBT). Part I is administered at proctored test sites throughout the country.
Part II of the exam is essay based also uses the IBT system; however, this part of the exam is not proctored and may be completed using your own computer.
Candidates will have seven days to submit their essays.
Only those who pass Part I will be eligible to take Part II. Those who pass both parts of the exam earn the CETL designation.

CoSN's CETL Prep Materials
CoSN's "Become a Highly Capable School System Technology Leader: CoSN's Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL)tm Certification Program Preparation Materials" includes 11 modules of guidance all related to CoSN's Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 Education Technology Leader.

Our exam preparation materials include an introduction followed by 10 chapters each relating to one of the ten skill areas of the Framework. While there is no resource that will "teach to the exam," CoSN's CETL exam preparation modules are an essential tool for anyone preparing for the exam. Visit CoSN's Knowledge Center to purchase your copy and view other valuable resources created by and for education technology professionals. Just go to and look in the publications section. Special pricing is available to CoSN members.

Call 202-470-2780 or email to find out more about the CETL program.

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