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Resources for Future Black Educators

Supportive communities, tailored teaching programs, financial aid, and more. Teaching is more than a profession—teachers shape lives.

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A diverse teaching workforce can help change the country's narratives around race and culture and improve education for all students—especially students of color. If you're thinking about becoming a teacher, check out these resources for future Black educators.

When students have teachers who reflect their racial identity, they see a whole range of benefits—from higher math and reading scores to higher college attendance and graduation rates. Here's where we are now.
  • 9%

    of U.S. teachers identify as Black

  • 27%

    of South Carolina students identify as Black

  • 15%

    of South Carolina teachers identify as Black

  • 2%

    of U.S. teachers are Black males

Join a Community of Educators

In communities, we learn, grow and find support. Whether you're a high school student or already on your way to teaching, you'll find a community in dedicated South Carolina educators.
  • Recruitment and Retention of Minority Teachers

    Recruitment and Retention of Minority Teachers

    The South Carolina Program for the Recruitment and Retention of Minority Teachers seeks to promote teaching as a career choice by publicizing the many career opportunities and benefits in the field of education in the state of South Carolina. The mission of the Program is to increase the pool of teachers in South Carolina by making education accessible to non-traditional students.

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  • Call me Mister

    Call Me MISTER

    The mission of the Call Me MISTER® Initiative is to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader more diverse background particularly among the State's lowest performing elementary school.

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    South Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators (SCABSE)

    The mission of the South Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators (SCABSE) is to ensure a high quality education for all children, particularly for African-American children by establishing coalitions, providing forums, facilitating the placement of African-American professionals, and influencing public policy.

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  • Men of CHS Teach

    Men of CHS Teach

    Men of CHS is an alternative certification pathway for non-degree seekers which grants a South Carolina teaching certification to candidates specifically in Early Childhood or Elementary Education. The free teaching certification pathway is free and aims to recruit and retain diverse male teacher candidates

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  • South Carolina Center for the Recruitment

    South Carolina Center for the Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Educators

    The purpose of the SC Center of Excellence for the Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Educators is to research, design, and implement the best strategies for recruitment and retention of teachers of color at the preservice and inservice levels in the state of South Carolina. 

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Be the Change: The Impact of Black Teachers and How You Can Join the Profession

Learn about the impact of Black teachers from three phenomenal educators in the recorded "Be the Change" webinar event. View the video, get the data, hear amazing stories and feel empowered to make your next move.

Explore Tailored Academic Programs

South Carolina is home to several diverse colleges and universities, specialty teaching programs, and a large community college system with seamless transfer opportunities for future teachers. Explore some of your many options.



Get the financial support you need to become a teacher. No matter your pathway to teaching, there are plenty of funding opportunities in South Carolina that you may be eligible for.

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  1. 5 ways culturally responsive teaching benefits learners. New America. (2019, September 23). Retrieved April 28, 2022, from https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/edcentral/5-ways-culturally-responsive-teaching-benefits-learners/

  2. Profile of South Carolina Teacher Workforce for Sc-Teacher.org . 2018