Career Awards for Science and Mathematics Teachers

FAQs - Eligibility

Do North Carolina public charter school teachers qualify to apply for these awards?

Teachers from charter and magnet schools in North Carolina are considered public school teachers and are eligible to apply for the Career Awards for Science and Mathematics Teachers.

What type of licensure is required to apply for the Career Award?

Teachers with the following license may apply: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, a Comprehensive Science License (secondary), or middle grades science. Mathematics teachers can hold a license in either secondary or middle grades mathematics. Elementary teachers should hold an elementary (K-6) license and must spend at least 30 percent of their time teaching science or mathematics. If a teacher is effectively integrating science and mathematics in the classroom and would like to apply for the award highlighting both areas, licensure will be required as previously noted. Teaching professionals certified in Career and Technical Education may be eligible and should contact BWF prior to applying.

Can a teacher currently not teaching in the classroom apply and return to the classroom if the award is received?

The Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers is available only to teachers who are currently in the classroom at the time of application.

Can teachers from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics apply?

NCSSM is a public residential high school and supported primarily by state funds, therefore teachers from this school can apply for Career Awards for Science and Mathematics Teachers.

Do you need to have five complete years of teaching experience at the time of application?

Applicants for the Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers are required to have completed five years of teaching in a NC public school prior to the application deadline. Therefore, teachers beginning their fifth year of teaching in the current school year are not eligible. Applicants must be active classroom teachers.

Do the five years of teaching experience need to be in North Carolina?

Yes, applicants for the award are required to have completed five years of teaching in a NC public school prior to the application date.