What is NCTA?

NCTA is a 12-18 credit hour graduate certificate for high school teachers. It includes coursework on teaching cybersecurity, foundations of cybersecurity, network security, and advanced topics. Four universities (DePaul University, University of Louisville, University of Arkansas-Little Rock, and California State University-Sacramento) will be offering the virtual program, with a little bit of variation depending on the university’s program. 

The inaugural cohort of teachers started work in Summer, 2022. A Sacramento State cohort started in Summer, 2023.

NCTA is now accepting applications for scholarships for teacher-students to start in summer 2024.  You can apply here:

 NCTA is supported by a grant from the NCAE-C , which is the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (located within the National Security Agency). 

Program Descriptions


University of Arkansas at Little Rock program description.


DePaul University program description.


University of Louisville program description.

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California State University-Sacramento (Sacramento State) program description.