Required Courses: 41 hours
Final Project: 8 hours
CPE Credit Hours: 49
- Free, one-year TCEA membership for each participant ($49 value)
- TCEA digital badge
- TCEA certificate sent via email upon course completion
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Technology / IT Director Certification
The purpose of the TCEA Technology/IT Director certification program is to provide a venue for educators who wish to become, or already are, district-level technology or IT directors. The emphasis will be on developing strategic leadership skills, as well as the ability to provide effective and engaging educational technology experiences for both staff and students. Participants who successfully complete the certification requirements will be fully prepared to serve as a technology director or IT director in any school system, possessing the knowledge and skills to lead a district toward innovative, 21st-century technology use and educational achievement. Participants in the program are encouraged to join the CTOs and Technology Directors group for additional support, insight, and information in regards to current topics and issues related to the role of Technology Directors, IT Directors, and Chief Technology Officers.
Why Learn with TCEA?
- Our courses are streamlined for efficient and lasting learning.
- We share ideas and resources that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.
- We also offer ideas and techniques based on years of experience in professional development, integrating educator feedback to always meet the needs of course participants.
Self-Paced Online Course
The Technology/IT Director Certification is a self-paced online program. In previous years, students were expected to attend scheduled webinars. In this new system, participants can begin anytime and go at their own speed throughout the program.
After you enroll, TCEA will send a welcome email outlining the course requirements, including a link to your individual portfolio website. You will receive a separate program invitation email from Canvas, which will let you access your sessions. The sessions are called modules and must be moved through in sequential order. The modules are listed below.
Participants have 12 months to complete the required course hours. Once your coursework, final project and/or portfolio are completed, your program coordinator will provide you with feedback. Upon successful completion of all requirements, you will receive a framed certificate.
|Module 1||Implications of Research for Your Role as a Leader||Even if research doesn't focus on the use of technology, there is a great need for you to understand important research and its implications for your role of supporting teachers.|
|Module 2||Effective, Engaging Professional Development||What makes professional development different from just another workshop? This workshop will share the latest research and best practices to ensure that your participants are still learning long after the training is over. Take home all of the latest tips and tricks for ensuring that your message is not only heard, but also acted upon in the classroom.|
|Module 3||PLN for IT/Technology Directors||Join us to learn about the important connections, associations, and websites you should know in order to be more confident and empowered as a technology director.|
|Module 4||Personnel Management||In this course you will learn about personnel issues related to hiring, documentation, firing, and team building in order to best organize your staff and help them grow as a team.|
|Module 5||Using Key Performance Indicators to Inform Your Work||Identifying and making use of Key Performance Indicators (KPI) that are relevant to your department can go a long way in helping you know how effective department work is and where you may need to make adjustments for improvements.|
|Module 6||Hardware, Software, and Network Management||In this information-rich course, you will explore best practices, relevant documents, and current information related to the following topics that impact the role and duties of the technology leader: asset management, cloud computing, cyber safety and security, disaster recovery, network infrastructure, one to one implementations, open source software, records retention, TASA Visioning, TCO and VOI, technology audits, trends, and virtualization.|
|Module 7||Cyber Safety and Security||Too often, students’ online interactions are questionable and unproductive, and usually without adult supervision. This portion will help teachers, administrators, technology leaders, and parents understand what students should know to use technology appropriately. Participants will focus on strategies for implementing digital citizenship programs in their schools.|
|Module 8||Budget and Finance||Knowing about good budgeting practices, types of budgets, and resources to help you with your department finances is critical as a technology leader. You’ll learn about these as well as receive resources that you’ll want to refer to throughout the budgeting year in your district.|
|Module 9||Project Management Fundamentals||As a technology director, you will need to organize and coordinate large projects that may become quite detailed. This webinar will introduce you to the fundamentals of organizing such projects while highlighting tips and best practices.|
|Module 10||Social Media and Schools||Social media is here to stay but knowing how it can impact (positively and negatively) your district is critical as a leader. This session will cover educational trends with social media, legal pitfalls, and strategies to best implement social media in your district.|
|Module 11||Building a Technology Vision and Plan||Participants will develop a vision for instructional technology use based on 21st century skills from Tony Wagner. The emphasis will be on ensuring that their vision is based on student learning and not on “stuff.”|
|Module 12||Technology Leader Book Study||In this three-week online course, you will reflect on key questions to make applications of your self-selected book to your current (and future) role as an IT/Technology Director. Prior to the beginning of this course you should have selected a title from the approved list (http://bit.ly/techleaderbookstudy) and read through the book.|