Higher Ed. Institutions

STEM Teach V – The Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) and the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) are continuing the successful initiative STEM Teach, now in its fifth adaptation. STEM Teach V will expand on the achievements and successes of previous iterations of the initiative to focus on advanced degrees and/or certificates and professional development, for Indiana educators.

The primary concentration of funds will be for Indiana high school teachers who need graduate level courses in STEM discipline areas to meet the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) requirement for teaching dual credit courses by 2023. This opportunity includes:

  • Tuition and textbooks/materials for teachers to complete 18 graduate level credits in a specific content area.  Online graduate courses from participating institutions will be offered in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, psychology, and technology/IT. Once 18 graduate credits are earned, STEM Teach V will also help to fund the completion of a master’s degree.

Three additional opportunities for STEM Teach V for all Indiana K-12 teachers include:

  • Tuition and textbooks/materials to complete a master’s or graduate certificate in STEM education from a participating higher education institution
  • Scholarships for teachers to attend STEM-based conferences in Indiana
  • Professional development and supplies to infuse STEM into daily classroom activities



Indiana postsecondary institutions are encouraged to submit proposals to offer courses through STEM Teach for the entire duration of the program (due October 29, 2021). However, a second and final round of proposals will be accepted for consideration on February 18, 2022. Tuition, books, and materials for these courses will be offered at no cost to teachers in Indiana by utilizing the funds granted to CELL and made available from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education through the STEM Teacher Recruitment Fund to pay colleges and universities for tuition, books, and materials. 

 All payments are made to higher education institutions on a reimbursement basis when each course is completed. No grants or sub grants are awarded to higher education institutions for participation in STEM Teach. One check will be sent to the business office at each institution, and the institution will disburse funds at its discretion.

Graduate courses will be offered in the following semesters: Winter/Spring 2022, Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Winter/Spring 2023, and Summer 2023 (as funding allows).  Since teachers from all regions of Indiana are eligible to apply, an online course format for graduate level courses is the method of course delivery preferred by teachers due to their various locations, time zones, and school schedules. Courses may be offered in an online only, synchronous or asynchronous approach.  Synchronous courses may only be offered in a time frame that is conducive to a full-time teacher’s schedule.

Proposal Documents

The deadline for the first round of proposals is October 29, 2021.  

HE Request for Proposals (RFP) for STEM Teach V (Posted 9/27/21)

HE RFP Questions and Answers

STEM Teach V HE Graduate Course Proposal Form (Download and save this form to fill out and submit.)    
        Winter/Spring 2022 Course Description Form


Investing in the Future

“For Indiana to have a competitive, skilled workforce for the jobs of today and tomorrow, there must be a strong pipeline of students pursuing STEM fields,” said Indiana’s Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers. “Teachers play a critical role in getting students interested in these fields and preparing them to be successful to pursue them after high school.”