It is widely known that Europe needs more young people to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects and careers to become part of a much-needed qualified workforce in the upcoming years.

At the same time, a wide range of factors affects students’ interest and pursuit of STEM careers - from the given curriculum to teachers’ knowledge to even participation in professional development activities. Whatever these factors may be, they are usually directly linked to school organisation.

For this reason, it will be of vital importance to build the capacity to empower the most relevant stakeholders in school leadership and school organisation. The Opening Schools to STEM Careers MOOC is meant to train heads of schools and career counsellors to successfully equip schools with tools for introducing and attracting young people to STEM careers.

In this MOOC, participants will: 

  1. Understand why STEM is critical for students’ future welfare and success;
  2. Recognise some of the most relevant STEM career pathways;
  3. Appreciate different types of career counselling approaches at the school level; 
  4. Determine the most significant soft skills and STEM abilities, methodologies and pedagogical approaches that teachers and career counsellors should use/focus on;
  5. Learn how to address gender stereotypes and foster a culture of understanding;
  6. Learn how to collaborate within the school on the subject of STEM career counselling (including collaboration between parents and teachers);
  7. Learn how to initiate and maintain community partnerships for STEM career counselling; 
  8. Learn how to host and create STEM career events; 
  9. Learn how to build a STEM career counselling vision and an action plan for schools (including leadership perspective aspects).

During the course, we will be sharing, discussing, and reflecting on the topics above. Furthermore, you will discover a community of like-minded professionals who can support each other in improving their classroom practices. We will be using a variety of online tools and social media outlets to communicate with each other and to engage in a number of peer-review activities as part of the course.

You may already join us in the Opening Minds to STEM Careers MOOC’s Facebook group and share your ideas about the topic on Twitter using #STEMcareersMOOC.  

This MOOC is a result of the collaboration of three different projects:

SYSTEMIC, Scientix, and STEM Alliance.

The SYSTEMIC project is a joint initiative of both Ministries of Education and industry, with the overall objective of increasing young Europeans' interest in STEM careers and providing teachers with the appropriate pedagogical tools to enable them to teach STEM topics in a more attractive way.

Scientix, the community for science education in Europe, promotes and supports a Europe-wide collaboration among STEM teachers, education researchers, policymakers and other STEM education professionals.

The STEM Alliance – inGenious Education and industry – brings together industries, Ministries of Education and education stakeholders to promote STEM education and careers to young Europeans and to address anticipated future skill gaps within the European Union.



Scientix 3 is supported by the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement N. 730009). SYSTEMIC is Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The content of this course is the sole responsibility of the organizer and it does not represent the opinion of the European Commission (EC), and the EC is not responsible for any use that might be made of information contained.

List of modules

Course Introduction Start date
Module 1: STEM careers in schools and in the job market Start date
Module 2: STEM career pathways Start date
Module 3: STEM leading schools Start date
Module 4: Gender stereotypes in STEM education Start date
Module 5: Balancing the roles of teachers, mentors, parents and role models Start date
Module 6: Benefits of external school to work programs Start date
Module 7: Career orientation events on STEM education Start date
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Start date

Monday, 25th September 2017


This MOOC will run for 8.5 weeks, with 7 modules (one module per week) and an extra 1.5 week at the end of the course. The workload is estimated at 2-3 hours/week. Participants will be able to finish it in minimum 4 weeks, maximum 8.5 weeks. This means that, instead of opening one module of the course at the beginning of each week, we will be opening two modules per week. We hope that in this way, everyone can personalise their learning schedule, and finish the course at their own pace.

Target audience

The course is targeted at heads of schools and career counsellors from Europe and beyond. The course is also useful for any educational stakeholder who wants to learn more about school-level strategies and activities for introducing STEM careers to students.


You will receive digital module badges for every completed module of the course as well as a course badge and a course certificate upon completion of the full course. All badges can be exported to the Mozilla Badge Backpack.