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 Marketing homepage 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. Two essays:  One (1) essay entitled "Why I Want To Teach," which will address the student's motivation for entering the teaching profession and the contributions he hopes to make to the profession and to the community as a teacher. One (1) essay entitled "How do you believe the Call Me MISTER program will benefit you as a student?"

Transfer Students:

4.  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 April 15th


Please submit all materials to:

Benedict College Child Development Center
Att: Mr. Anthony Broughton, BC Call Me MISTER Collaborator
1608 Westminster Drive
Columbia, SC 29204

Note: You may scan and e-mail all application materials to broughtona@benedict 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. Anthony Broughton
(803) 705-3300

Office Location:
Benedict College Child Development Center
1608 Westminster Drive
Columbia, SC 29204