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Our Mission

To lead, develop, and support educational technologists and organizations to foster student success.

The California Educational Technology Professionals Association (CETPA) is an association of Educational Technology Professionals (technologists) within the State of California. Founded in 1960 as the California Educational Data Processing Association (CEDPA), the major emphasis of the association's activities are directed towards improving Administrative Information Processing in public education within the State of California and to prepare its membership to better meet and support the technological needs of the Instructional Program.

 Core Values

Leadership – We believe that technology leadership is essential.

Advocacy – We believe Advocacy facilitates and accelerates change.

Learning – We believe technology can enhance learning. Learning is ongoing and lasts a lifetime.

Community – We believe a strong community enables the abilities of all of its members. There exists in our community the talent to solve any problem.


CETPA is a California non-profit 501(c)6 organization as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. Our Board of Directors are elected by ballot at the association's Annual Conference.


One of the our goals is to promote the integration of instructional and administrative technology in school agencies. We also function as a conduit of information between the California Department of Education (CDE) and local agencies. Our association disseminates information to its membership by:

  • Updates posted on this website,
  • The association's publication, "The EdTech Journal,"
  • Online communities and mailing lists,
  • Sponsoring Regional Group meetings in various statewide locations;
  • Strategic partnerships, and 
  • Our annual conference each November.

By providing pertinent information to our members in a timely manner, we're able to support  educational technologists to better meet and support technological demands placed upon them by their respective educational agencies, in both the instructional and administrative arenas.


CETPA is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors consisting of officers including President, President-elect, Past President, Secretary and Treasurer, along with seven other Directors At-Large.

 Please watch this informative video, made during our 50th year, to learn more about CETPA.

Created by the Santa Clara County Office of Education for CETPA (California Educational Technology Professionals Association). Featuring Kelly Calhoun, CETPA 2010 President, and a number of CETPA leaders from its history.