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Join the Call Me MISTER program—a program for Black, male aspiring teachers. Get coaching, mentorship, scholarships and more.

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You can find a Call Me MISTER program (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role models) at 18 participating colleges in South Carolina.

Is Call Me MISTER for you?

Call me Mister with grade school students

Call Me MISTER is building the next generation of Black male teachers.

You’re eligible if:

  • You’re an undergraduate education major in one of the following programs: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Middle-Level Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, or Art, Music, and Physical Education.
  • You’re earning your initial teaching certificate through a Master of Arts in Teaching program for the following: Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Middle-level Education, and Secondary Education.
  • You’re enrolled at one of the 8 two-year technical or 18 four-year partner colleges in South Carolina listed below.

Why join Call me MISTER?

Call Me Mister participants

If you’re an education major in early childhood education, elementary education, middle level education, special education, or music education at a partner school, you’ll get:

  •  Academic coaching
  •  Leadership training
  •  Mentor teachers
  •  Financial aid 
  •  Professional development
  • Job placement assistance

As a MISTER, you will have the opportunity to receive 1:1 coaching from advisers along with scheduled MISTER meetings, where you are able to gain advice and insight on how to succeed in your classes. The cohort helps to build self esteem and encourages you to advocate for yourself as a student and upcoming teaching professional. 

Get step-by-step application details.

Two-Year Partner Programs


Four-Year Partner Programs

Call me MiSTER currently partners with several diverse South Carolina colleges and universities. See a list of participating schools below:
  • AndersonU

    Anderson University

    Anderson University is an academically selective, comprehensive Christian university offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus and online.
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  • Charleston Southern University

    Charleston Southern University

    Charleston Southern University’s College of Education focuses on the caring and competent educator while incorporating a faith-based perspective. At CSU, you will develop instructional skills through coursework and enter classrooms your first semester to incorporate as much classroom experience as possible by graduation.
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  • Claflin University

    Claflin University

    Clafin is not your average university. Founded in 1869, Claflin was the 1st Historically Black College/University (HBCU) in South Carolina. Claflin was also the 1st to open its doors to people of all backgrounds regardless of race, class, gender, and/or any of the other social constructs.  For over 150 years, Claflin has remained committed to its mission in which diversity and inclusion are central to the development of future leaders and scholars in their chosen fields of study.
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  • Clemson University

    Clemson University

    The Clemson College of Education is a transformative leader in improving education. The College will equip you for a career and a life that make a difference. CU works tirelessly to develop initiatives that respond to today's educational landscape – including teacher recruitment, retention, and leadership development.
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  • Coastal Carolina University logo

    Coastal Carolina University

    Coastal Carolina University offers degree programs in early childhood education, elementary education, instructional technology, literacy education, physical education and special education. Students participate in a variety of rich and engaging internship and research opportunities.
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  • College of Charleston logo

    College of Charleston

    #GreatTeachersMadeHere—it's the truth. Schools request to hire College of Charleston students before they graduate because they exceed requirements, have extensive practical experience in schools before graduation, and are ready to teach ALL learners in ALL schools. As evidence, College of Charleston received a national award in 2021 from the accrediting agency!
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  • Columbia College

    Columbia College

    Columbia College is known for quality teacher preparation. As an education major, you’ll develop the personal and professional skills you need to be successful as a teacher. With teaching jobs in high demand, you can change lives and make an impact the minute you graduate.
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  • Converse University

    Converse University

    Whether you are an aspiring teacher or a classroom veteran, when you enroll as an education student at Converse, you join a legacy of award-winning teachers and school administrators. A Converse degree is recognized throughout the southeast as the mark of a quality educator.
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  • Lander University

    Lander University

    Lander University has a long-standing tradition of producing talented teachers. The Department of Education focuses empowering students to becoming quality professionals, lifelong learners, and responsible citizens.
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  • Limestone University logo

    Limestone University

    Dedicated to providing students a nurturing, supportive environment built on Christian ideals and ethical principles, Limestone University challenges students to become critical thinkers and effective communicators who are prepared for responsible citizenship, successful careers, and graduate study.
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  • Newberry College

    Newberry College

    Newberry College is a small liberal arts college that prides itself on a family atmosphere and individual student attention. The Teacher Education department provides individual mentorship from professors, small class sizes and applied learning.
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  • Southern Wesleyan University

    Southern Wesleyan University

    Southern Wesleyan University trains teachers to model "Scholarship within a Christian Ethic of Care." After five years, over 88% of graduates remain in the profession, and many represent their districts as "Teachers of the Year" because of their passion for teaching.
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  • University of South Carolina-Aiken

    University of South Carolina-Aiken

    The University of South Carolina Aiken School of Education prepares you to be a dynamic educator. In our program students are prepared to have the knowledge and skills needed to create an innovative learning environment and assist students in reaching their highest potential. In the past five years, over 45 of our graduates have been named First-Year Teachers-of-the-Year.
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  • University of South Carolina-Beaufort

    University of South Carolina-Beaufort

    The vision of the Department of Education is to establish USCB as the primary resource for educators and school systems in the Lowcountry. USCB’s undergraduate teacher programs include research-based curricula with practical, real-world classroom experiences in area schools.
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  • Logo black with white text that reads Upstate University of South Carolina

    University of South Carolina Upstate

    USC Upstate believes in preparing you for the reality of the 21st-century classroom. Meaningful learning, immersive technology, and strong partnerships with local school districts allow you to become an expert in your teaching field and an anchor in your teaching community.
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  • Winthrop University

    Winthrop University

    The Richard W. Riley College of Education—the Teacher College of South Carolina, along with the school, community, and industry partners—is ready to engage you in dynamic programs and hands-on experiences that push you to reach your goals and pursue your passions.You'll benefit from a community that learns together and thrives on close relationships and supports from faculty, staff, and program partners.
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  • Morris College

    Morris College

    Morris College is a premier college in South Carolina! At Morris College students have access to a high-quality education which results in employment and achievement of their educational and career goals.

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  • South Carolina State University

    South Carolina State University

    Since 1896, South Carolina State University has maintained a legacy of excellence in education. South Carolina State University is consistently among the national leaders in producing African-American students with bachelor degrees education. The College of Education encourages students to embrace critical thinking, fluent expression, and the understanding of history and culture.

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