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The N.C. Teaching Fellows program is designed to encourage students to pursue teaching careers in the high-need areas of science, mathematics and special education.

As a N.C. Teaching Fellow, students will receive up to $8,250 a year in forgivable loans for a commitment to serve as a science, mathematics, or special education teacher.

From the NC General Assembly:

“The purpose of the program is to recruit, prepare, and support students residing and attending institutions of higher education located in North Carolina to become highly effective Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (“STEM”) or special education teachers in the North Carolina public school system”

G.S. 116-209-62

Teacher-candidates in the UNC Teaching Fellows program will join a cohort that will learn and reflect collaboratively through coursework, clinical experiences, experiential learning, community service, and professional development.

Four Pillars guide the UNC Teaching Fellows Community of Learners:

Pedagogical Content Knowledge

Equity and Diversity

Experiential Education

Educator Leadership

The four pillars are interwoven throughout coursework and enrichment activities to emphasize critical themes essential to being an effective educator to ALL students.

UNC-CH Educator Preparation Programs Pathways

for Mathematics, Science, and Special Education Licensure

UNC-Chapel Hill provides multiple pathways for NC Teaching Fellows to earn STEM and Special Education teacher licensure.

Infographic representation of pathways for mathematics, science and special education licensure within the unc school of education

UNC BEST

Bachelor's level program
for Science and Mathematics Education

UNC MAT

Master's level program

UNC-CH undergraduates can early affiliate and take some courses as PreMAT students to transfer into the MAT program once accepted.

Mathematics Education

Add-on options:

  • Special Education, General Curriculum
  • English as a Second Language (K-12)

Science Education

Add-on options:

  • Special Education, General Curriculum
  • English as a Second Language (K-12)

Special Education (K-12)

Add-on option:

  • English as a Second Language (K-12)

Eligibility

In partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences, we offer several STEM licensure options through the UNC-BEST program: biology, physics, earth science, chemistry, comprehensive science. Through UNC-BEST, students majoring in biology, physics, mathematics, geological sciences, and chemistry can add secondary teacher licensure through additional course work.

We offer transfer students two pathways for completing STEM and Special Education licensures: the Master of Arts in Teaching and UNC-BEST.

MAT:We offer students the opportunity to complete specified MAT coursework as a Pre-MAT candidate while an undergraduate student. Specific courses totaling 12-credit hours can be taken as an undergraduate student and transferred into the MAT program. The MAT program offers licensure to STEM candidates in both Science and Mathematics, grades 6-9 and/ 9-12. Our Special Education MAT Strand licenses candidates in K-12, General Curriculum-Special Education to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities in the least restrictive environment.

UNC-BEST:UNC students majoring in biology, physics, mathematics, geological sciences, and chemistry can add secondary teacher licensure through additional coursework through the UNC-BEST program.

MAT:We offer students the opportunity to complete specified MAT coursework as a Pre-MAT candidate while an undergraduate student. Specific courses totaling 12-credit hours can be taken as an undergraduate student and transferred into the MAT program. The MAT program offers licensure to STEM candidates in both Science and Mathematics, grades 6-9 and/ 9-12. Our Special Education MAT Strand licenses candidates in K-12, General Curriculum-Special Education to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities in the least restrictive environment.

UNC-BEST: UNC students majoring in biology, physics, mathematics, geological sciences, and chemistry can add secondary teacher licensure through additional coursework through the UNC-BEST program.

We offer a full-time, one calendar year Master of Arts in Teaching program. The MAT program offers licensure to STEM candidates in both Science and Mathematics, grades 6-9 and/or 9-12 and K-12, General Curriculum-Special Education licensure to teach student with mild to moderate disabilities in the least restrictive environment.

Funding

NC Teaching Fellows, will receive up to $8,250 a year in forgivable loans for a commitment to serve as a science, mathematics, or special education teacher.

Funding for NC Teaching Fellows at UNC-Chapel Hill ranges from one to four years, depending on the entry point for each student.

Graph indicating funding structure for each student type. Graduate students receive one year of funding. Current UNC students receive 2 years of funding. Transfer students receive 3 years of funding. High School Students receive 4 years of funding.

The NC Teaching Fellows funding will get distributed 3 times per year - in the summer*, fall, and spring.

*NOTE: If students are NOT taking summer school, then no summer funding will go into their account. Students intending to take summer classes must notify the Teaching Fellows Director in order to receive summer funding.

Funding: Up to $8,250 per year for up to 4 years.

Academic Requirements: 2.7 minimum cumulative GPA with more than 24 hours of college credits or minimum unweighted high school GPA of 3.0 and scored at least 24 on ACT or 1,100 on SAT with fewer than 24 hours college credits

Programs: UNC-BEST, PreMAT/MAT**

Funding: Up to $8,250 per year for up to 3 years.

Academic Requirements: 2.7 minimum cumulative GPA with more than 24 hours of college credits or minimum unweighted high school GPA of 3.0 and scored at least 24 on ACT or 1,100 on SAT with fewer than 24 hours college credits

Programs: UNC-BEST, PreMAT/MAT***

UNC-BEST: UNC students majoring in biology, physics, mathematics, geological sciences, and chemistry can add secondary teacher licensure through additional coursework through the UNC-BEST program.

Funding: Up to $8,250 per year for up to 2 years.

Academic Requirements: 2.7 minimum cumulative GPA with more than 24 hours of college credits

Programs: UNC-BEST, PreMAT/MAT***

Funding: Up to $8,250 per year for up to 2 years.

Academic Requirements: 2.7 minimum cumulative GPA with more than 24 hours of college credits

Programs: UNC-BEST, PreMAT/MAT***

NOTE: NC law defines "Students with a Bachelor Degree" as individuals with a bachelor’s degree seeking preparation for teacher licensure

How to Apply

Application to licensure preparation programs (like the MAT or UNC BEST programs) and application to be an NC Teaching Fellows are two separate processes.

The NC Teaching Fellows Commission reviews the NC Teaching Fellows applications, conducts interviews, and selects semi-finalists and finalists. UNC-CH is NOT involved in the NC Teaching Fellows application and selection process.

Attend an Information Session

The School of Education is hosting information sessions for students to learn more about our programs.

Click here to see the full schedule and register!

Current UNC Undergraduate Students

Apply to NC Teaching Fellows BEFORE applying to licensure program (i.e., MAT, UNC BEST).

Incoming First-Year, Graduate and Transfer Students

We encourage incoming students to also apply to at least one of the other four NC Teaching Fellows host campuses (NC State University, UNC-Charlotte, Meredith College, Elon University).

Application Deadline

January 7th, 2019

Semi-Finalist Round
Notifications and Interviews

March*

Finalist Notification

April*

*NOTE: specific dates have not been published yet. We will update admission deadlines as soon as we are notified of the dates for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Interested in learning more?

Full program information is available at the N.C. Teaching Fellows website.

If you have questions about the UNC Chapel Hill Teaching Fellows Community of Learniners, complete the following form and someone from UNC Chapel Hill School of Education will contact you.