Call Me MiSTER
USC Upstate, in collaboration with Spartanburg Community College and Spartanburg District 7 Schools, is helping lead the way in recruiting African-American male teachers, mentors, and role models for South Carolina schools through the Call Me MiSTER (CMM) program. This highly competitive program provides financial assistance in the form of scholarships towards tuition, fees and a stipend each semester. In return, MiSTERs are expected to teach in a South Carolina public school after they graduate. Call Me MiSTER will accepts students who major in Elementary, Early Childhood, Middle, or Special Education.
Developed in 2000 at Clemson University, the mission of Call Me MiSTER—an acronym for Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models—is to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader and more diverse background, particularly among the Palmetto State’s lowest performing schools. A highly acclaimed national recruitment and support program, CMM serves to prepare African-American male students to teach in early childhood, elementary, and middle school classrooms. According to federal data, black males account for only 2 percent of the teaching workforce nationwide.
MiSTER students have the option to attend USC Upstate for four years, or to first attend Spartanburg Community College before transferring to USC Upstate to complete their baccalaureate degree. After graduation, fully certified MiSTERs will enter early childhood, elementary, and middle school classrooms as teachers, role models and mentors dedicated to quality education, as well as building critical relationships with students.
To be part of the Call Me Mister program, you must:
1. Complete the program application.
2. Be accepted for enrollment at Upstate.
3. Apply for financial aid by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA).
4. Major in elementary, early childhood, middle, or special education.
Questions about the program? Please contact program coordinator, Dr. Walter Lee.