Supported Site University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Alice Churukian
Physics Education Specialist, Department of Physics and Astronomy
If you are from this institution and wish to report data, please login.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) has established a program in which science majors prepare to become high school science teachers as they pursue their undergraduate degrees, and graduate in four years with a science degree and teaching certification. This program, called UNC-BEST (UNC Baccalaureate Education in Science and Teaching), is a partnership between the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education, which began with the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Biology. It has since expanded to include Geological Sciences, Mathematics, and Chemistry. UNC-BEST’s first graduating class, in 2009, included one physics teacher and seven biology teachers. As part of the program, the UNC TIR worked with a Physics Education Research (PER) specialist to design a physics methods course for students interested in teaching, which counts as a physics elective in the requirements for physics majors. Reform of introductory physics teaching at UNC has included implementation of the SCALE-UP studio-based mode of teaching.
Supplemental Links and File
- A North Carolina Teacher-in-Residence was named a 2010 Kenan Fellow
- Go to the UNC-BEST (Baccalaureate Education in Science and Teaching) webpage
- Read APS Forum on Education Newsletter article about North Carolina’s program.
- Download a copy of UNC-Chapel Hill's teacher recruiting poster