UNC Baccalaureate Education in Science and Teaching (UNC-BEST); B.A., B.S.

Program Description


UNC-BEST is a collaboration between the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences. This innovative program offers undergraduate science and mathematics majors enrolled in the following departments the opportunity to complete requirements for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science and obtain licensure as a secondary science or mathematics teacher in North Carolina in four years. Students will major in one of the subjects below:

Students will be prepared for NC licensure in either mathematics (9-12) or Comprehensive Science (9-12).


UNC-BEST Admissions Requirements
  • Math or Science (biology, chemistry, geological sciences, and physics) majors
  • Online application
  • Personal Essay (please reply to each prompt in 500 words or less)
    • What motivates you to pursue teaching as a potential career?
    • What qualities do you possess that you believe will allow you to be an effective teacher for a diverse population of students?
    • Describe a specific experience from your life and discuss how that experience will influence your ability to support the achievement of a diverse populations of students.
  • SAT or ACT score requirements
    SAT: Math-550, Reading-550, 1100 Combined
    ACT: Math 24, English-24, 24 Composite
  • GPA: 2.7 minimum GPA

*Applicants who do not meet the minimum SAT & ACT score requirements can take the Prax I Core Academic Skills for Educators: Score-468 Composite; Reading - 156/Writing - 162; Math-150

N.C. Teaching Fellows

The N.C. Teaching Fellows Program provides up to $4,125 per semester in forgivable loans for a commitment to serve as a secondary science or mathematics teacher in a North Carolina. The number of semesters a student is eligible for funding is based on program entry point. Students planning to apply to the UNC-BEST program are eligible to apply. Learn more about becoming an N.C. Teaching Fellow!

Program Contact

Jennifer Coble, Program Coordinator