The “Call Me MISTER” (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) Initiative was developed in 2000 by some of South Carolina’s visionary educational leaders. Four South Carolina schools - Clemson, Claflin University, Benedict College and Morris College – initially participated in the program. The program’s goal was to place more African American males in the elementary school classroom as teachers. The parent program is housed at Clemson University in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education located in Clemson, South Carolina. The Call Me MISTER program has now expanded to 16 colleges across South Carolina and has been implemented in eight other states.
Call Me MISTER National Initiative Mission
“To increase the pool of available teachers from a broader more diverse background particular among the State’s lowest performing elementary schools.”
EWC “Call Me MISTER Initiative Goals and Outcomes
Edward Waters College’s initiative is designed to provide an excellent talent pool of African American male graduates, who will literally “touch the future” by teaching children in Duval and other counties of Florida. Specifically, the program goals and outcomes are as follows:
To increase the pool of competent African-American male teachers proficient in reflective decision making, instructional leadership, systematic planning, and effective communication for the classrooms of Florida.
EWC Call Me MISTER Program Requirements
I. Complete/Submit the Edward Waters College application for admission.
Submit the following documents:
High School Diploma and Final Transcript with 2.5 GPA or better; OR
General Education Development (GED) Certificate with test scores or college transcript with 2.5 GPA.
Official copy of ACT score of at least 21 or an SAT score of 1000.
Two (2) letters of Recommendations.
Two (2) essays (at least 1 typewritten page each):
“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, as well as, the community.
How do you believe the “Call Me MISTER” program will benefit you as a student?
II. Meet with Call Me MISTER Coordinator to schedule an interview
III. Complete the FAFSA or provide a signed statement certifying financial need.
IV. Complete the Department of Teacher Education admission process:
Have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or higher for the general education component of undergraduate studies; OR
Have completed the requirements for a baccalaureate degree with a minimum grade point average of 2.50 or higher;
Submit evidence of a passing score on the Florida Teacher Certification (FTCE) General Knowledge Examination.
Meet with Department Chair to schedule an interview
Completion of a Background Check
EWC Call Me MISTER Program Benefits:
Call Me MISTER Scholarship - up to the cost of EWC tuition, room & board.
Book Voucher of up to $600 per semester
A stipend to cover the FTCE General Knowledge Testing Fees ($150.00)
FTCE Workshop Training, support for conference attendance
Access to academic coaching, mentoring, pre-professional development activities
Edward Waters College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the baccalaureate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500. Edward Waters College is an African Methodist Episcopal Church-related institution of learning.