Q: What is STEM Teach III?
A: STEM Teach III 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 STEM graduate courses to in-service teachers to complete the requirements from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) for teaching dual credit courses. It also seeks to strengthen K-12 teachers’ STEM knowledge and pedagogy to enrich STEM classroom instruction in Indiana.
Q: Who is eligible to register for courses?
A: All in-service teachers in Indiana public schools, including charters, who have been accepted into the STEM Teach III program and are currently teaching dual credit courses will be eligible to register for courses. As space permits, teachers may enroll in a maximum of 1 graduate course per semester.
Q: How do I become eligible to participate in STEM Teach III?
A: Teachers must complete an application by November 10, 2017 to participate in this grant-funded opportunity. The application window also will be open again in February 2018.
Q: Will teachers receive a degree or certificate from STEM Teach III?
A: STEM Teach III does not provide degrees or certificates; it provides opportunities to take free graduate level courses at participating higher education institutions that may count toward degrees or certificates.
Q: How do I know if courses will count toward my dual credit credential?
A: 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.
Q: Are there fees associated with taking STEM Teach III courses?
A: Tuition and book/materials fees are waived for eligible teachers who participate in STEM Teach III.
Q: Will eligible teachers receive completion awards and the stipends for course materials and fees as in previous iterations of STEM Teach?
A: No, to provide more course-taking opportunities, no completion awards or stipends will be awarded for participation in this iteration of the program.
Q: When will STEM Teach III courses be offered?
A: STEM Teach III courses will be offered beginning in Spring 2018 and continue through Summer 2019. Six semesters of courses are being funded through STEM Teach III.
Q: What do I do if I need to drop a course after I have registered and enrolled and even attended or participated in some sessions?
A: Please give thoughtful consideration to your registration and enrollment in this grant-funded opportunity. If you are unable to complete the course, another teacher will have missed out on the opportunity to participate. If you need to drop/withdraw from the course for emergency reasons, inform your instructor 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 III courses, you will not have priority to register for future courses offered through STEM Teach.
Q: How do I provide feedback on the completed course?
A: 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.
Q: Are other STEM graduate courses opportunities available?
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