The Coastal Carolina University Teaching Fellows Program is designed to offer students a unique, coordinated and collaborative opportunity to become teacher-leaders. Fellows participate in a number of professional development opportunities, including seminars, workshops, conferences, action research, service learning, and leadership training. Their work is supported by a program director who oversees the Teaching Fellows program at CCU. Administered by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement (CERRA), the program provides $24,000 scholarships/loans over four years for up to 200 outstanding high school seniors. Coastal Carolina University is one of 11 institutions in the state identified as a Teaching Fellow Institution. Teaching Fellows begin classroom experiences their freshmen year and continue with different placements their sophomore year. In comparison to other education majors, they spend more time in the classroom before the start of their junior year.