About Call Me MiSTER
Have you considered becoming a teacher? The mission of the Call Me MiSTER program is to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader, more diverse background particularly among South Carolina's lowest performing elementary schools.
The term MiSTER is an acronym for Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models, and is primarily a mentoring type program where young minority students will be mentored into effective leaders, and will become mentors themselves to their students.
The Call Me MiSTER program has its origin from Clemson University (view details on Clemson Call Me MiSTER website), and began in the year 2000, combining the special strengths and resources of a research-oriented public university with the individualized instructional programs offered by four historically Black colleges in South Carolina: Benedict College, Claflin University, Morris College, and South Carolina State University. The program has also established a network of six two-year colleges, and beginning in the Fall of 2017 SCC will also be a part of this network of two-year colleges.
The overall goal of the program is to increase diversity in the classroom but it s also the goal of the program to give minority students the hope of aspiring to be a teacher, and also to become leaders in their community.
The project provides for qualified students:
- An academic support system to help assure their success.
- A cohort system for social and cultural support.
- Assistance with tuition and/or books.
- Assistance with job placement.
We are recruiting potential students for the Fall semester and the ideal MiSTER must possess leadership qualities as well as adhere to the following in academia and program requirements:
- Major in Elementary, Early Childhood Education or K-12 Certification areas
- Maintain a minimum of 2.5 GPA during the first 60 hours
- Be enrolled for at least 16 hours
- Adhere to attendance policies
- Not drop any class without advisement from the Site Coordinator
- Take the Praxis I exam by the end of the freshman year
- Satisfy all requirements for admission to teacher education program by the second semester of Junior year
- Teach one year in an elementary or middle school for each year funds were received from Call Me MISTER
- Conduct self in a manner that exemplifies values of a positive role model and mentor
- Reside in prescribed CMM Living Learning Community for duration of undergraduate matriculation and not engage in outside employment that will impair effectiveness in meeting academic and project requirements
- Appeals must be made directly to campus Site Coordinators
- Attend all scheduled Call Me MISTER seminars and activities
- Adhere to the grievance policies of the campus where enrolled
- Develop a plan of action with the Site Coordinator to assist in academic success
Procedures for admission to the Call Me MiSTER® program must be completed in the following order:
1. Apply for and be accepted into Spartanburg Community College.
2. Complete the Call Me MiSTER® online application.
3. Submit the following items:
- High School diploma and final transcript or General Education Development (GED) certificate.
- Two letters of recommendation:
- One (1) from a teacher, guidance counselor, or principal at the high school form which the diploma is earned.
- One (1) from a person of the student's choice who can express the student's involvement in the community and/or potential for entering the teaching profession.
- An essay entitled, "Why I Want to Teach," which will address the student's motivation for entering the teaching profession and the contributions he hopes to make to the profession and to the community as a teacher.
- An essay entitled "How do you believe the Call Me MiSTER® program will benefit you as a student?"
4. Following the submission of the items above, an interview will be scheduled with the prospective program participants to ascertain their potential for teaching and their motivations for participation in the program, as well as to provide an opportunity for clarification of any information submitted through the application process.
This application will be sent to Call Me MiSTER Site Coordinator, Frederick Keenan at SCC. Please send your letters and essays to Mr. Keenan by email or through US mail:
Spartanburg Community College
Attn: Frederick Keenan
PO Box 4386, Spartanburg, SC 29305
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