Call Me MISTER: Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models
What is the mission of the Call Me MISTER program?
The purpose of the program is to assist with the recruitment, training, and certification of elementary teachers from disadvantaged communities who are planning to teach in South Carolina schools, especially in the lowest performing elementary schools. The program seeks to help build a more diverse group of educators by providing academic, social, and financial support to under-represented individuals interested in entering the teaching profession.
What are the benefits of the program?
Students who participate in the Call Me MISTER Program receive the following benefits:
- Tuition assistance through a loan forgiveness program for students pursuing an early childhood education, elementary education or middle level teacher education program.
- An academic support system to help assure success, and
- The social support of other participants in the program.
Who can apply?
To apply to the Call Me MISTER program, a student must enroll as an education major, which includes: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Middle Level Education, Physical Education, and Special Education. For information on the education majors offered at CCU, visit http://www.coastal.edu/education/academics.html.
While there is a preference for students entering their freshman year of study at Coastal Carolina University for the fall semester, we will consider all applicants and transfer students. Student participants in Call Me MISTER are largely selected from under-served, socioeconomically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities.
How do I apply?
The priority deadline for applying for the program is March 1, 2014 for the Fall 2014 semester. Students interested in participating in the program should do the following:
- Apply to and be accepted at Coastal Carolina University. You can apply online for admission to the University at http://www.coastal.edu/admissions/apply.html.
- Submit the following application materials to Dr. Jerome Christia, Coastal Carolina University, P.O. Box 1954, Conway, SC 29528:
a. Completed Call Me MISTER Program Application
b. Two letters of recommendation: one letter from an educator or administrator representing the last school attended and one letter from a person of the student's choice who can describe the student's involvement in the community and/or potential for entering the teaching profession.
c. An essay entitled "Why I Want to Teach" which will address the student's motivation for entering the teaching profession and the contributions he or she hopes to make to the profession and to the community as a teacher.
d. An essay entitled "Why I should be accepted into the Call Me MISTER Program".
e. A signed statement from a counselor or school official certifying that the student is from an underserved, underprivileged or economically disadvantaged background or area.
f. Most recent official transcript.
- You must also complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). More information is available at http://www.coastal.edu/financialaid/.
How can I learn more about the academic programs?
The Spadoni College of Education offers five undergraduate and three graduate programs with a total enrollment of over 600 students. All programs in the Department of Education are approved by the South Carolina Department of Education, and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
For more information on the academic programs, student services, and outreach activities, please visit the Spadoni College of Education website at http://www.coastal.edu/education/.
What happens if I change my major or decide not to teach in South Carolina after graduation?
If you change your major or decide not to pursue a teaching career in South Carolina, you will be obligated to return or re-pay the program the money that you received while participating. You must also maintain a 2.5 cumulative collegiate GPA to remain an active participant.
Student Vision Statement
"I am a dedicated Servant-Leader who is perpetuating a sorely needed concept - Servant-Leaders as role models in elementary schools. I am devoted to planting seeds of dignity and respect in children and inspiring them to cultivate those seeds, producing a crop of unprecedented success. I will teach reading, writing, and arithmetic and progress to self-esteem, imagination and determination. Because of my immeasurable promise, not only have I earned your respect, I demand it! A title is only important if one's character and integrity dictate its use. When you address me, please verbalize my destiny... please do not call me by my first name... call me in reference to my great vision... call me MISTER!"
It is the policy of Coastal Carolina University that no person shall be excluded from participation, be denied the benefits of, or in any way be subjected to, discrimination in any program or activity of the University. Participation in the Call Me MISTER Program is open to anyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender, if they are capable of facilitating the achievement of its objectives.
Dr. Jerome Christia,
Call Me MISTER Coordinator
Coastal Carolina University
P.O. Box 1954
Conway, SC 29528