Certified Educational Chief Technology Officer

  • Chapel Hill, NC

Applications for the 2019-2020 course are now closed.

Superintendents and educational technology directors are facing increasing challenges and responsibilities in this era. As the lines between traditional functional services and departments begin to blur, senior and IT leadership are charged with 1) managing the constantly expanding role for IT within the LEA, 2) protecting the LEA from ever-increasing security threats, and 3) keeping up with the pace of new technology. This program will feature two components, one for superintendents and one for technology directors. Both superintendent and technology director participation are required for admission consideration.

The technology directors’ portion of the certification program, entitled “Certified Educational Chief Technology Officers Program”, is a ten-month course that establishes the foundation for assessing and addressing some of the most critical issues facing IT leadership in school systems. During the course of the program, we will address major topics, including organizational transformation, IT governance, project and risk management, and legal and regulatory issues. This program will use a variety of instructional methodologies, including face-to-face sessions, synchronous online sessions, and asynchronous online sessions as teaching tools and to help technology directors evaluate various instructional technologies.

The superintendents’ portion of the certification program, entitled “Leaders for the 21st Century,” will involve two full day sessions at the start and conclusion of the technology directors program, as well as 2 regional meetings (for a total of 20 hours of instruction). Superintendent participation cannot be delegated to assistant superintendents.

The Local Government Federal Credit Union offers scholarships to local government employees to apply towards tuition for conferences, classes, and seminars offered by the School of Government. There are five deadlines to submit applications: March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1.

Additional information

Steps to Maintaining Certification:

20 hours of CEU/year

CEU obtained by attending  symposia, conferences,webinars, and teaching courses

Once you obtain the CEU's submit the hours with documentation to Shannon H. Tufts

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  • Chapel Hill, NC
    August 13 - June 1, 2020
    UNC, School of Government
    400 South Road
    Knapp-Sanders Building
    Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    View Scholarship Information
    The Local Government Federal Credit Union offers scholarships to local government employees to apply towards tuition for conferences, classes, and seminars offered by the School of Government. There are five deadlines to submit applications: March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1.
    View Cancellation Policy
    Course participants who cancel their registration on or before August 05, 2019 will receive a full refund. No refund will be made for cancellations on or after August 06, 2019, but you will receive a transferrable credit to be used within 12 months. Click here to view the School’s full cancellation and refund policy.

    The application will close at 5:00pm 6/3/2019. We will notify all applicants of their acceptance status by 6/7/2019. DPI will fund each student $3,000 and each student will be responsible for the remaining $750.

    $750.00
For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar, Registration and Client Services Group
919.966.4414
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Julie Truluck

Program Manager, Leadership Group
919.962.4252
Shannon Tufts
Associate Professor of Public Law and Government and Director, Center for Public Technology
Maurice Ferrell
Assistant Dean of Information Technology