Program Description

The Call Me MISTER program is a collaboration between Benedict College and Clemson University to recruit, train, and certify elementary teachers in the public schools of South Carolina. The program is an effort to address the critical shortage of elementary teachers particularly among South Carolina's lowest performing schools.

The Call Me MISTER program is contributing to the talent pool of excellent teachers by identifying and supporting young men who are literally touching the future by teaching children. The program provides: book assistance, performance-based stipends, an academic support system to help ensure success, and a cohort system for social and cultural support.

The teaching field is in need of highly qualified and caring teachers. The Benedict College Teacher Education program has a strong track record of preparing teachers to meet the needs of all students. Upon completion of our nationally accredited program, our graduates are fully eligible for teacher certification in South Carolina.

Applications are reviewed once per academic year on a competitive basis. Interested students must have declared elementary education or early childhood education as a major, demonstrated record of high scholastic achievement, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.

Call Me MISTER Program Application (PDF)

Requirements for Admission

  1. Applicants must have met the admission requirements of Benedict College prior to seeking admission into the "Call Me MISTER" Program. If you have not received a letter of acceptance to Benedict College, please visit the Office of Admissions and Student Marketinghomepage to make sure the necessary materials have been submitted.
  2. Applicants must have submitted the Benedict College application for admission, high school/college transcript, and an official copy of Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Testing (ACT) scores to the Benedict College Office of Admissions and Student Marketing.
  3. A 2.75 grade point average (GPA) and declared major in elementary education or early childhood education.

Application Materials

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  2. Two letters of recommendation: One (1) from a teacher, guidance counselor, advisor, or principal at the high school or college (if transfer student/upperclassman). One (1) from a person of the student's choice who can address the student's involvement in the community and/or potential for entering the teaching profession.
  3. One essay: One (1) essay that addresses the student's motivation for entering the teaching profession and how the applicant believes the Call Me MISTER program will benefit you as a student and educator?

Transfer Students:

Praxis I Exam Scores submitted to Benedict College: Additional test and registration information of the Praxis I Exam can be found on the Educational Testing Services (ETS) website at

All application materials must be postmarked by June 15th


Please submit all materials to:

Benedict College
School of Education
Att: Mr. Nicholas Gillcrese, BC Call Me MISTER Collaborator
1600 Harden St.
Bacoats Hall 308
Columbia, SC 29204

Note: You may scan and e-mail all application materials to and mail your official college transcript.

Following the submission of the items above, an interview will be scheduled with the prospective program participants to ascertain their potential for teaching and their motivations for participation in the program, as well as to provide an opportunity for clarification of any information submitted through the application process.

Please feel free to contact the Program Collaborator:

Mr. Nicholas Gillcrese
(803) 705-4443

Office Location:
Benedict College
Bacoats Hall
1600 Harden
Columbia, SC 29204