Because UK is the institutional home of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the only international center dedicated to the technology needs of school leaders, we offer the best faculty, research, and teaching in this area to our students. Additionally, because the core courses are tied to ISTE's National Educational Technology Standards for Administrators (NETS-A), there is an internationally-recognized foundation for the programs.
Students can choose one of three different program tracks that suit their needs. All program tracks include the 5 core courses that address the NETS-A standards. In addition, Kentucky students that are looking to gain a teacher leader endorsement may do so using the teacher leadership program with a technology specialization.
- Graduate Certificate
- Master's Degree (or Ed.S. if already possessing a Master's)
- Ph.D. in Education Sciences with a Specialization in School Technology Leadership
World Class Faculty
While a variety of instructors teach in all of the programs, the core School Technology Leadership program faculty are:
In addition to these professors, students will interact heavily with other professors in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies and a variety of carefully selected educational technology leaders from across the globe.
When Dr. Scott McLeod, Founding Director of CASTLE, was at the University of Minnesota, he co-created the first graduate program in the United States designed to prepare technology-savvy school leaders. The School Technology Leadership Initiative (STLI) was the first academic program based on the National Educational Technology Standards for Administrators (NETS-A) and was the only one proven (by the American Institutes for Research) to have positive, statistically-significant impacts on participants’ technology leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities. He ran four cohorts through that program before coming to the University of Kentucky. We are delighted to be able to offer these courses again.
If you are interested in these programs or have questions, please contact Dr. Justin Bathon, the program coordinator.