Teachers across the state have the opportunity to gain additional expertise in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at no cost through offerings at Indiana’s private colleges through STEM Teach II. The STEM Teach II initiative is made possible by a $2.14 million grant from the state to the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) and builds upon ICI’s successful STEM Teach I program, also funded through a state grant and resulting in more than 600 enrollments in STEM courses and workshops by K–12 teachers across the state.
ICI is partnering with the Center for Excellence and Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis in administering STEM Teach II, as it did for the initial grant. A special focus of this round is graduate-level coursework for secondary teachers to gain dual-credit credentialing, a critical need for Indiana in light of the Higher Learning Commission’s policy that dual credit teachers must hold a master’s degree in the content area they are teaching or a master’s in another area plus 18 graduate credits in the specific content area.
All K–12 teachers in Indiana public, private and charter schools are eligible to enroll in the courses and workshops offered by Indiana’s private colleges and universities around the state. Thanks to the grant, ICI colleges and universities are waiving tuition for teachers as an incentive to participate and learn, as well as a stipend to defray textbook and materials costs. Additionally, upon successful completion of a course or workshop, teachers earn a completion award, ranging from $250 to $500. STEM Teach II courses and workshops will continue through summer and fall 2016 and spring 2017.