About the Call Me MISTER Program

“Call Me MISTER” was developed by South Carolina’s visionary educational leaders who sincerely believe we can build a better tomorrow by getting you involved today. The mission of the Call Me MISTER (acronym for Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) program is to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader more diverse background - particularly among the State's lowest-performing elementary schools. Student participants are largely selected from under-served, socio-economically disadvantaged, and educationally at-risk communities.

A teacher recruitment program designed to address the critical shortage of African American male teachers, the Call Me MISTER program seeks to support participants through the following: 

  • Tuition assistance for admitted students pursuing approved programs of study,
  • An academic support system to help assure their success,
  • A cohort system for social and cultural support, and 
  • Job placement support.

The program initially debuted at Clemson University, which continues to administer the program at the state level. Since launching the program in 2007, the College of Charleston MISTER cohort has grown to 20 full-time undergraduate students majoring in education.

Who can apply?

All applicants will be considered with a preference given to students entering their freshman year at the College of Charleston. To apply to the Call Me MiSTER program, a student must enroll as a teacher education major in one of the following programs: - Early Childhood Education - Elementary Education - Middle Grades Education - Physical Education - Special Education

Apply for the program at the College of Charleston here.


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