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USC Aiken, in partnership with Clemson University, is excited to bring the Call Me MISTER Program to our School of Education. Consequently, we hope to fulfill the mission Call Me MISTER by:

      • Increasing the number of SC teachers from diverse backgrounds and experiences 
        Call Me MISTER™ (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) aims to select and support future teachers from socioeconomically and culturally diverse communities.

      • Recruiting, retaining, and nurturing participants
        Call Me MISTER™ is a cohort model emphasizing networking, leadership, camaraderie, and achievement under the guidance and support of adult advocates.

      • Building the talent pipeline across high-need areas 

         Call Me MISTER™ recruits outstanding future educators for teaching certification in early childhood, elementary, middle level, and K-12 certification areas.



To apply to the Call Me MISTER program at USC Aiken, a teacher candidate must enroll as an education major in one of the following programs:  Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Middle-Level Education, Special Education, or Music Education.

Please visit our Program of Study page for information on the education majors offered at USC Aiken.

Teacher candidate participants in the Call Me MISTER program are largely selected from under-served, socioeconomically and culturally diverse communities.



 √  Academic Coaching
 √  Leadership Training
 √  Mentor Teachers
 √  Scholarship Awards
 √  Professional Development


Contact Us

Rashad Paige, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Application Timeline

April 15: Priority deadline

Following the submission of the application, an interview will be scheduled with the potential MiSTER to ascertain their potential for teaching and their motivation for participation in the program, as well as to clarify any information submitted through the application process.  

Summer 2021 mandatory orientation at Clemson University (or virtual if necessary).

Compile the following documents prior to beginning the application:

1. High School transcript.

2. ACT or SAT scores.

3. Two letters of recommendation:

1. One (1) from a teacher, guidance counselor, or principal from your high school.
2. One (1) from a person who can express your involvement in the community and/or potential for entering the teaching profession.

4. Two essays:

1. "Why I Want to Teach" will address your motivation for entering the teaching profession and the contributions you hope to make to the profession and the community as a teacher.
2. "How do you believe the Call Me MISTER® program will benefit you as a student?"

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Call Me MISTER™ Teacher Candidate 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 ones' 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!"