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Extend Your Influence with Certification Courses

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Written by Dr. Bruce Ellis

Build your technology skills and confidence and impact more educators and students with one of these engaging certification programs.

Interested in influencing more educators in the area of technology integration? Want to easily gain valuable knowledge and skills without having to get another college degree? Then check out TCEA’s certification courses. These courses are designed for busy educators like you who want to hone their skills and go deeper in specific technology areas. As a result, you’ll have more confidence in your use of technology, have more influence and ability to help educators that you work with, and become even more effective in your role as an advocate for students using technology. The new cohorts for the Campus Technology Specialist Certification and the Technology/IT Director Certification are forming now and will be starting in September. Continue reading to find out which program is best for you. You may also find more information online here.

Campus Technology Specialist Certification

This learning program is a 12-month program specifically designed for educators already in the role of a campus technology specialist or those looking to move into that role. Through live webinars and an online course, you will gain needed insight and skills in how best to support campus teachers and students in integrating technology by using great tools, apps, websites, and devices in relevant and effective ways. Some of the courses you will take include Tech Trends for Campus Techs, Digital Coaching – Helping Teachers Integrate Technology, and Understanding and Building 21st Century Skills. You can find a complete list of courses for this program here. You’ll complete a relevant final project that will serve as the capstone to your certification requirements. This program includes 26 clock hours of coursework and up to eight clock hours for the final project. TCEA members can enroll for $480; the non-member cost is $529 (includes membership). Enrollment in the Campus Technology Specialist Certification Program includes a one-year membership in the Campus Technology Specialists Special Interest Group (CAMP-SIG).

Technology/IT Director Certification

Designed specifically for those desiring to move into the role of Instructional Technology Director or Information Technology Director, this 12-month program focuses on those skills, insights, and understandings critical to successfully lead a district in the use of technology. Through various online courses and live webinars totaling 41 clock hours, you’ll explore topics such as Personnel Management, Using Key Performance Indicators to Inform Your Work, and Project Management Fundamentals. You can find a complete list of courses and dates for this certification here.  As the capstone of your learning, you’ll submit a final project that is appropriate to the role of a Technology or IT Director. TCEA members can enroll for $1,025; the non-member cost is $1,074 (includes membership). Included in enrollment of this program is a one-year membership to the Technology Coordinators Special Interest Group (TEC-SIG).

Chromebook Certification (Level 1)

Completely online and self-paced, this course is ideal for educators who are busy with day-to-day activities, but still want to find a way to increase their knowledge and skills. In this program, you’ll learn how to effectively integrate Chromebooks and GSuite into your content area and use it to engage students with meaningful activities. As a capstone to your learning, you’ll submit a lesson plan demonstrating effective integration of the tools. Though you have up to a year to complete, most people enrolled in this certification program earn their certificate in a few weeks. The cost of this certification is just $99 for TCEA members, $149 for non-members (includes membership). Bulk discounts are also available for campuses and districts wanting to enroll seven or more educators at one time; email Bruce Ellis for more details on bulk discounts. More about this certification can be found here.

iPad Certification (Level 1)

Through this certification, you will learn how to effectively integrate the iPad and several key apps into your content area. And since this program is completely online and self-paced, you’ll have the freedom to learn at your own pace. Though you’ll be given up to a year to complete the certification, most educators who enroll in this certification complete it within a few weeks. To demonstrate your new skills and learning, you’ll submit a lesson plan integrating the iPad in a self-selected grade level and content area. The cost of this certification is just $99 for TCEA members, $149 for non-members (includes membership). Bulk discounts are also available for campuses and districts wanting to enroll seven or more staff members at one time; email Bruce Ellis for more details on bulk discounts. To find out more about this certification, visit this website.

If you have questions about any of these certifications, feel free to contact Bruce Ellis or Ashley Weiler at 800-282-8232. We will also debut a few more certifications later this year, so stay tuned for more ways you can grow your skills and become a more effective user and leader with technology.

 

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Dr. Bruce Ellis

Senior Director of Professional Development at TCEA
Bruce specializes in leadership development and working with districts to tailor onsite professional development workshops.
Bruce earned his Ed.D. Curriculum, Instruction, and Supervision in Secondary and Higher Education and his M.S. in Learning Technology/Information Systems at Texas A&M University-Commerce and his B.S. in Elementary Education
at Dallas Baptist University.

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