INDIANAPOLIS - A $2.4 million award from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education will support the STEM Teach Initiative from the Independent Colleges of Indiana and the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning at the University of Indianapolis. The ICI says the program helps high school teachers needing graduate-level courses in STEM discipline areas to meet the Higher Learning Commission requirements for teaching dual-credit courses.

The ICI says educators seeking to teach dual-credit courses must meet the HLC requirements by 2022.

“The STEM Teach program has proven a success for participating Indiana teachers and, most importantly, their students, as well as our higher education partners who have had the opportunity to learn how to collaborate on an academic initiative of this magnitude,” David Wantz, president and chief executive officer of Independent Colleges of Indiana, said in a news release.  

This new funding to support STEM Teach IV will also provide opportunities including:

  • Regional STEM workshops offered by local colleges and universities to boost STEM instruction
  • Undergraduate courses offered through colleges and universities to assist teachers with enhancing STEM instruction and/or adding a STEM content area to their existing teaching licenses
  • Scholarships for teachers to attend STEM-based statewide conferences 

In-service teachers can apply for the program through an online application in late October.