Q: What is STEM Teach III?
A: STEM Teach III will expand on the achievements and successes of previous iterations of the initiative to focus specifically on high school teachers needing graduate level courses in STEM disciplines to meet the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) requirement for teaching dual-credit courses by 2022. STEM Teach III will accelerate the process and provide ample opportunity for teachers to meet the credentialing requirements.
Q: What is the goal of STEM Teach III?
A: The goal is to focus specifically on high school teachers needing graduate level courses in STEM disciplines to meet the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) requirement for teaching dual-credit courses by 2022.
Q: What is the timeframe for grant implementation?
A: STEM Teach III will run for six semesters: Spring 2018, Summer I and II 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019 and Summer I 2019. Courses may be offered in an online, face-to-face or hybrid format.
Q: How are the grant funds distributed?
A: STEM Teach III does not involve sub-grants to institutions. Participating institutions will propose specific amounts and be reimbursed at the end of a course for tuition, books and materials for graduate level courses within STEM Teach guidelines. A breakdown of the financial information is available here.
Q: What is a campus liaison?
A: A campus liaison is the person at each institution who is responsible for coordinating STEM Teach III efforts at that campus. This provides STEM Teach with a single point of contact for information and questions. (However, anyone at each institution is welcome to contact STEM Teach staff regarding questions or concerns at any time!)
Q: What is the course proposal process?
A: Institutions may submit the “College/University Proposal to Offer Courses” form. The campus liaisons previously submitted proposal forms by October 27, 2017. Additional proposals may be considered based on needs of dual credit teachers. Before submitting additional proposals, please contact Trish Wlodarczyk at email@example.com
Q: Can institutions offer existing courses as a STEM Teach III course?
A: Yes, an institution may offer an existing course as part of STEM Teach III. Courses may be offered in face-to-face, hybrid or online formats. The program prefers that a section of an existing course be offered at a flexible time/location specifically for STEM Teach III.
Q: Can institutions develop new courses?
A: Yes, however funds are not available for course development through STEM Teach III.
Q: How will courses be chosen for inclusion in the STEM Teach III catalog?
A: STEM Teach III will review all proposals and create the final course catalog based on alignment with dual credit teachers’ needs. STEM Teach III hopes to include as many ICI member and public institutions as wish to participate that will help high school teachers earn dual credit credentials.
Q: When can courses be offered?
A: Courses will be offered beginning in Spring 2018. Non-traditional scheduling will be considered.
As institutions consider when courses should be offered, STEM Teach encourages the consultation of local school district calendars (many are on a balanced calendar schedule) as well as potential intersessions.
Q: Can institutions collaborate on courses?
A: Yes, collaboration is encouraged! However, one institution must be designated to receive applications and reimbursements and identify a single campus liaison to coordinate with STEM Teach III.
Q: Must teachers pay fees to take STEM Teach III courses?
A: No, tuition and books/materials fees are waived for eligible dual credit teachers who participate in STEM Teach III. Teachers will not receive stipends for completing courses in STEM Teach III.
Q: Are funds available for student materials in courses?
A: The individual institution will determine the amount that is needed to provide textbooks or materials to participating teachers and propose it accordingly. Payment will be made to an institution at the end of a course. The maximum amount under STEM Teach III guidelines is $180 per student, per course.
Q: If a student drops from a course, what is the procedure for STEM Teach III?
A: The instructor should immediately inform the campus liaison each time a student drops a course.
The campus liaison then informs Trish Wlodarczyk at CELL. (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that records can be adjusted.
If a wait list exists and if it is not too late, CELL may add a student to the course.
Q: Can credits earned in STEM Teach transfer to other institutions?
A: Yes, at each institution’s discretion.
Q: Can courses have prerequisites?
A: Yes, prerequisites must be listed in the course description.
Q: What is the minimum number of students needed to run a course?
A: Credit-bearing courses require a minimum of 10 enrolled participants to continue.
Q: What is required for dual credit certification for high school teachers?
A: The requirement from the Higher Learning Commission indicates that 18 graduate level credit hours in a discipline as part of or in addition to a master’s degree.
Q: Who is eligible to enroll in courses?
A: Dual Credit teachers in Indiana public schools, including charter schools.
Q: How will eligible teachers enroll in STEM Teach courses?
A: In-service teachers may apply for acceptance into the program through an online application beginning in October 2017. Registration for graduate courses for dual credit teachers accepted into the program will be available for the Spring 2018 semester in December 2017. STEM Teach III campuses have agreed to register participants as guests or special students, with the application fee waived. If the institution wishes to collect additional application/registration information, it will be responsible for coordinating that with course applicants.
Evaluation & Marketing
Q: How can I assess the needs of K-12 teachers in my surrounding area?
A: Institutions should consider meeting with school district leaders and teachers to discuss local needs.
Q: How will courses be marketed?
A: STEM Teach III will market the courses to a statewide network of teachers and through this website, as well as through targeted emails and social media. Institutions are also encouraged to reach out to existing contacts in local school districts.
Q: How will the program be evaluated?
A: Data will be collected to monitor teacher participation and performance, as well as assess programmatic value. Teachers will also complete satisfaction surveys to inform future program offerings. The STEM Teach leadership team will share survey results with chief academic officers, campus liaisons, and participating instructors to help improve program quality and delivery.