What is STEM Teach?
STEM Teach is a project of the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) in partnership with the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis.
Through a state grant, it brings together a group of ICI member and public institutions to offer professional development to in-service teachers to complete the requirements from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) for teaching dual credit courses and to strengthen K-12 teachers’ STEM knowledge and pedagogy to enrich STEM classroom instruction in Indiana.
Who is eligible to participate in STEM Teach IV?
All applicants must be currently teaching in an Indiana school and are required to submit a letter of verification from a school administrator.
What is the primary focus of STEM Teach IV?
The primary focus of STEM Teach IV is to provide graduate courses to dual credit teachers who need to complete courses in a specific content area to meet the requirements of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) by 2022.
What are additional areas of focus for STEM Teach IV?
Undergraduate courses and workshops will be available for Indiana in-service teachers.
Conference scholarships to STEM conferences in Indiana will also be available.
How do I become eligible to participate in STEM Teach IV?
In order to be eligible for STEM Teach IV, teachers must apply via an online application to participate in this grant-funded opportunity.
How many semesters are available for STEM Teach IV?
STEM Teach IV is expected to include semesters for Spring 2020, Summer I 2020, Summer II 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer I 2021. Summer II 2021 will be included if funding allows.
Who is eligible to register for courses and workshops?
All in-service teachers in Indiana public schools, including charters, who have been accepted into the STEM Teach IV program and are currently teaching will be eligible to register for courses or workshops.
As space permits, teachers may enroll in a maximum of 1 course per semester.
How do I register for courses or workshops in STEM Teach IV?
Teachers who are accepted into the program will receive email instructions prior to each semester detailing when they may register for courses.
Based on a variety of indicators, teachers are prioritized for class registration.
May teachers enroll directly into courses or workshops at any institution that is offering STEM Teach courses?
No. Teachers must register for courses through the STEM Teach teacher portal to be eligible for this grant-funded opportunity.
Will teachers receive a degree or certificate from STEM Teach IV?
STEM Teach IV does not provide degrees or certificates; it provides opportunities to take graduate and undergraduate level courses as well as workshops at participating higher education institutions that may count toward degrees or certificates.
How do I know if courses will count toward my dual credit credential?
Teachers must work with their school’s primary dual credit provider prior to registering for a course to ensure that a course will count towards credentialing.
What are the Higher Learning Commission’s (HLC) requirements to teach dual credit courses?
Teachers should contact their school’s primary dual credit provider to learn about the courses required to teach dual credit.
The formal language regarding dual credit teacher guidelines from the HLC is available here.
Are there fees associated with taking STEM Teach IV courses or workshops?
No. STEM Teach pays the higher education institution directly for tuition, books and materials for all courses and/or workshops.
Will eligible teachers receive a financial incentive for participating in STEM Teach IV?
Yes. STEM Teach IV teachers who complete a credential to teach a dual credit course in a STEM content area in Indiana will receive a one-time financial incentive (amount to be determined) in the summer of 2021.
How do I receive textbooks or materials for my course?
The institution that is offering the course will provide the book/materials for the course and send it to you prior to the start of the course. Teachers do not need to purchase or pay for any tuition, books, materials or fees for any STEM Teach course.
For some courses, teachers may be instructed to purchase the required textbook and be reimbursed soon afterwards.
Are teachers reimbursed for travel expenses, such as hotel or mileage, to attend any offerings?
STEM Teach does not pay travel expenses to attend any of the in-person offerings.
Will eligible teachers receive completion awards and the stipends for course materials and fees as in previous iterations of STEM Teach?
No. In order to provide more course-taking opportunities, no completion awards or stipends will be awarded for participation in this iteration of the program.
When will STEM Teach IV courses be offered?
STEM Teach IV courses will be offered beginning in Spring 2020 and continue through Summer 2021.
Six semesters of courses are being funded through STEM Teach IV.
Will every dual credit teacher who is an accepted applicant be able to complete 18 credit hours?
STEM Teach IV does not guarantee that every teacher will be able to complete 18 credit hours. An applicant’s priority status, class availability, content area limitations, minimum and maximum enrollment requirements, funding limitations, etc. can affect the number of credit hours available to accepted applicants.
What do I do if I need to drop a course or workshop after I have registered and enrolled and even attended or participated in some sessions?
Please give thoughtful consideration to your registration and enrollment in this grant-funded opportunity. If you are unable to complete the course or workshop, another teacher will have missed out on the opportunity to participate.
If you need to drop/withdraw from the course or workshop for emergency reasons, inform your instructor and STEM Teach IV as soon as possible. The instructor will inform you if you need to go through the institution’s drop process.
If you do not successfully complete the course or withdraw from STEM Teach IV courses, you will not have priority to register for future courses offered through STEM Teach.
If I do not pass a class or show up for a workshop that was funded through STEM Teach, am I eligible to take subsequent courses?
If you are unable to successfully complete a STEM Teach IV funded course (C+ or better), you may not be allowed to enroll in future STEM Teach IV opportunities.
How do I provide feedback on the completed course?
Each teacher will receive an email with a link to a survey for feedback about the program, course, instructor, etc. Your participation is strongly encouraged to continue improving the STEM Teach program.
Are other STEM graduate courses opportunities available?
Other programs were funded through the STEM Teacher Recruitment Fund. Read more about those programs here.