School Technology Leadership

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Welcome from Dr. John Nash!
Dr. Nash is the Program Chair for the School Technology Leadership program. Feel free to send him an email if you have any questions about the program or about planning a course of study.

Program Description

The University of Kentucky Department of Educational Leadership Studies offers a specialization area in School Technology Leadership for students who desire either a graduate certificate or an area of emphasis in their masters or doctoral work. These online courses are meant to serve educators, globally, who cares heavily about the role that technology plays in our education systems.

These courses are an ideal mechanism for schools, districts, states, and nations to build their technology-related leadership capacity and are an excellent resource for superintendents, principals, district technology coordinators, media specialists, teachers, and other educators interested in the leadership aspects of K-12 technology.

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.

  • A stand-alone Graduate Certificate in School Technology Leadership
  • Electives in our Teacher Leadership masters or education specialist degree program
  • Specialization courses in a Ph.D. or an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership


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.