Seven years after being discontinued by the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Teaching Fellows program will accept a new class of fellows to attend UNC as well as four other North Carolina universities.
The new iteration of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows program will offer up to $8,250 per year to high school students, transfer students and graduate students who commit to teaching in a North Carolina public school in the areas of science, technology, engineering, math and special education.
Eric Houck, an associate professor in the School of Education and a graduate of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows program at UNC, said the new program’s focus on STEM and special education may be limiting to the fellows.
“I understand the desire to prioritize those areas for preparation, but obviously I think one of the things that made the teaching fellows program unique and successful was that it captured students from across a range of disciplines and allowed them to experience each other and share across their disciplinary interests, so limiting it in this way has the potential to limit its impact on students,” Houck said.
Diana Lys, the assistant dean for Educator Preparation and Accreditation in the School of Education, said they have received over 200 inquiries for the program. She is excited to have a new class of fellows at UNC.