Teachers at 30 secondary schools across Victoria are set to receive a boost to their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teaching credentials.
The Secondary STEM Catalysts initiative announced by the State Government of Victoria and delivered by Deakin University will see 60 teachers trained to lead, encourage and mentor other teachers in high-impact STEM education for students in Years 7 and 8.
The selected schools represent disadvantaged regions across Victoria. The program is expected to encourage interest in STEM subjects in teachers and students.
Each of the 30 participating schools will nominate two teachers – one an expert within an area of STEM and the other an "out of field" teacher – to take part in the initiative.
The teachers will attend a three-day Induction Program from 15 – 17 June and undertake a two-year Postgraduate Certificate in STEM Education delivered by Deakin University's Faculty of Arts and Education.
Course fees will be covered by the Department of Education and Training, saving teachers and schools thousands of dollars.
The principals from each school will complete four Deakin University workshops over two years that will assist them to improve participation in STEM education in their schools.
International research has found that 75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations will require STEM skills and knowledge.