Date of Award



© 2018 David D. Colter

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



First Advisor

Michelle Collay

Second Advisor

Suzan Nelson

Third Advisor

Josephine Rice


STEM careers are becoming more prominent in today’s workforce. The platform of today’s industries derives from science, technology, engineering, and math, the study of which ultimately provides students and stakeholders with the foundation to function in a globally diverse society. Due to the recent budget shortfalls, the existence of STEM programs within this Texas Urban School District was threatened. District principals were directed to review their respective budgets to determine where potential cuts could be made. The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to describe the perceptions of urban district principals regarding technology implementation and identify recommendations for the sustainability of STEM programs within this Texas Urban School District. This research study consisted of six STEM principals, with two of each representing the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The research questions that guide this study are: (1) What are the perceptions of principals regarding the implementation of technology within urban schools? (2) What are the perceptions of principals regarding the sustainability of STEM programs within urban schools? (3) How do urban principals develop knowledge about STEM education? (4) What are the perceptions of principals regarding barriers to learning for STEM students? The results of this study revealed that technology implementation is indeed a vital component in urban education. Collectively, implementation of the technology needed for STEM learning apparently cannot be fully realized if principals lack access due to funding or other circumstances that repress its utilization.

Technology implementation and STEM program sustainability can be increased through programs and businesses that consistently provide STEM resources, higher education contacts, and career pathway opportunities. Continuous professional development and training is needed for STEM instructors, as they educate students as technology evolves and as they strive to support a growing workforce. This study found that STEM learning and teachers’ technology implementation are interwoven and work together to build a bridge to prepare students for today’s workforce.


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