Free Graduate Courses for STEM High-School Dual-Credit Teachers
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Posted by: Ann Gilly
Contacts: Mary Ellen Hamer, ICI, (317) 236-6090
Trish Wlodarczyk, CELL, (317) 791-5708
INDIANAPOLIS, November 1, 2017 – Funded by a $2.1M grant from Indiana’s STEM Teacher Recruitment Fund, STEM Teach III, a collaborative project of the Independent Colleges of Indiana and the Center of Excellence in the Leadership of Learning, is now accepting teacher applications until November 10.
For more information about the program and application process, Indiana public- and charter-school teachers may go to http://www.stemteachindiana.org/teachers/
This third grant cycle of the successful and popular STEM Teach initiative is solely focused on credentialing teachers to teach high-school dual-credit courses in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Dual credit courses allow students to earn college credits while still in high school and experience the academic rigor of higher education.
Once accepted into the program, teachers will be eligible to take graduate courses at participating Indiana colleges and universities at no cost for tuition, books, and materials. Current dual-credit teachers will receive priority to enroll in the STEM Teach III courses, though in-service teachers who plan to teach dual-credit courses in the future should still apply.
All who apply will be notified by the end of November whether they have been accepted to take courses in the upcoming six semesters of the grant (Spring, Summer I and II, and Fall 2018 and Spring and Summer I 2019).
Created by the Indiana General Assembly in 2013, the STEM Teacher Recruitment Fund awards grants to higher education institutions and other organizations that focus on filling the STEM teaching positions that are in high demand in Indiana. Administrator of the fund, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education announced in August the sixteen winning proposals sharing $9.6 million for programs attracting, supporting and retaining teachers in the STEM fields.
More than 115,000 new STEM jobs are projected for Indiana by 2018, with 40 percent requiring post-secondary education leading to an associate’s degree and 60 percent requiring a four-year degree.
Independent Colleges of Indiana serves as the collective voice for the state’s 30 private, nonprofit colleges and universities. The Center for Excellence in Leadership of Learning at the University of Indianapolis serves as a leader for innovative education change to improve student achievement throughout Indiana.