The NETS • T Certification is uniquely designed to provide benefits to educators and to those who administer and fund educational technology programs. These benefits include:
• Graduate credit. James Madison University awards graduate credit to teachers who complete some or all NETS•T courses .
• Cost-effective. We offer NETS•T Certification to schools, divisions or districts at a surprisingly reasonable cost.
• Increased teacher credibility, confidence and competence. NETS•T-certified teachers are more confident in their ability to use technology effectively.
• Flexibility. Pursue your certification at your own pace, location and budget. NETS•T Certification is implemented in conjunction with any existing professional development program.
• Efficiency. Engage only in the training you need to master NETS•T prerequisite skills.
• Agility. We can easily adapt the program to the size and strategic priorities of your school division.
• Just-in-time training. We provide highly targeted just-in-time training to address gaps or opportunities identified on an on-going basis by our NETS•T Evaluators.
• Self-directed learning. Take ownership of your own development. We will work with you to develop a NETS•T-aligned Individual Development Plan ™ that targets the specific skills you need.
• Teacher retention. The development of a learning community through NETS•T Certification may assist in retaining teachers who might otherwise leave the division.
• Rejuvenation of veteran teachers. Teachers of long-standing who become NETS•T-certified express a renewed passion for teaching.
• Impact on achievement. NETS•T-certified participants report a positive effect on student achievement, as measured by state standards of learning.
• Enhanced external funding. Schools with higher rates of NETS•T Certification tend to receive increased funding.
• Collaborative cohorts. We provide virtual and non-virtual communities of practice where teachers work collectively toward their NETS•T Certification.
• Culture of learning. A high level of adoption promotes a culture of learning within the school, division, consortium or state, where NETS•T-certified teachers become models of learning and accomplishment.
• High degree of adoption. In some schools, more than 40% of the teachers have become NETS•T-certified.