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 schools. Teacher candidate participants are largely selected from underserved, socio-economically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities.
The term MISTER is an acronym for Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models, and is primarily a mentorship-centered program where students will be mentored into effective leaders, and will become mentors themselves to their students.
The Call Me MISTER® Program at Converse University supports opportunities for incoming Education majors from diverse backgrounds. In partnership with Clemson University, our goal is to support the mission of Call Me MISTER by:
- Increasing the number of SC teachers from diverse backgrounds and experiences
- Recruiting, retaining, and nurturing participants
- Building the talent pipeline across high-need areas
Call Me MISTER Program Benefits
- Academic coaching
- Leadership training
- Mentor teachers
- Scholarship awards & tuition assistance
- Cohort system for social and cultural support
- Professional Development
Admission to the Call Me MISTER program at Converse is contingent upon acceptance to Converse University.
To apply to the Call Me MISTER program at Converse, a teacher candidate must enroll as an education major in one of the following programs: Art Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Middle Level Education, Special Education, or Music Education.
Compile the following documents prior to beginning the application:
- High School transcript.
- ACT or SAT scores.
- Two letters of recommendation: One from a teacher, guidance counselor, or principal from your high school AND one from a person who can express your involvement in the community and/or potential for entering the teaching profession.
- Two essays: Essay 1: Why I Want to Teach,” which will address your motivation for entering the teaching profession and the contributions you hope to make to the profession and to the community as a teacher. Essay 2: “How do you believe the Call Me MISTER® program will benefit you as a student?”
- If accepted into the program, you are required to attend orientation at Clemson University (virtual option available)
Converse offers a variety of funding sources for accepted Call Me MISTER® participants. View the full list of sources here.
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