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Licensure Options

There are several high school teaching licenses that UNC-BEST students can qualify for: a Biology Teaching License, a Chemistry Teaching License, an Earth Science Teaching Licesne, a Mathematics Teaching License, a Physics Teaching License or a Comprehensive Science Teaching License.

  • Biology majors who complete their biology degree (BA or BS) requirements and the UNC-BEST course requirements will be eligible for a High School Biology Teaching License.
  • Physics majors who complete their physics degree (BA or BS) requirements and the UNC-BEST course requirements will be eligible for a High School Physics Teaching License.
  • Mathematics majors who complete their mathematics degree (BA or BS) requirements and the UNC-BEST course requirements will be eligible for a High School Mathematics Teaching License.
  • Geological Science majors who complete their geological science degree (BA or BS) requirements and the UNC-BEST course requirements will be eligible for a High School Earth Science Teaching License.
  • Chemistry majors who complete their chemistry degree (BA or BS) requirements and the UNC-BEST course requirements will be eligible for a High School Chemistry Teaching License.
  • To obtain a High School Comprehensive Science License, which will enable you to teach any high school science course, you must also complete a year of coursework with labs in each of the science disciplines: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth/Environmental Science. Successful completion of the following courses will allow students to be eligible for a comprehensive science license upon graduation.
    • Biology: BIOL 101 - Principles of Biology and Lab & additional BIOL course numbered above 100
    • Physics: PHYS 104 General Physics I and Lab & PHYS 105 General Physics II and Lab OR PHYS 116 Mechanics and Lab & PHYS 117 Electromagnetism & Optics and lab.
    • Chemistry: CHEM 101 General Descriptive Chemistry I and Lab & CHEM 102 General Descriptive Chemistry II and Lab
    • Earth & Environmental Science: GEOL 101 Introductory Geology and Lab & additional earth or environmental science course numbered above 100

Note: UNC-BEST graduates will be able to convert their subject specific teaching license into a Comprehensive Science License because all UNC-BEST students will take the Praxis Comprehensive Science Content Knowledge Test. We recommend that students take as many of these courses as possible during their time as undergraduates so they have the rich content knowledge needed to teach additional science subjects.  All of the courses listed above count toward Allied Science Electives for majors that include such a requirement.

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Sam Wheeler and Chase Martin Sam Wheeler of Enloe High School in Raleigh talks with Chase Martin, a UNC-BEST physics student, after the students presented their lesson plans.
 
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