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UT Martin accepting applications for 'Call Me MiSTER' program


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut

MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin will be home to an official branch of the “Call me MiSTER” program beginning with the fall 2017 semester. Applications are being accepted for the first cohort and will be considered until the program is full.

The “Call me MiSTER” program, originally founded at Clemson University in 2000, is a leadership program that seeks to provide future teachers from diverse backgrounds with the tools and support needed to pursue successful careers in elementary and middle schools across the nation.

“MiSTER” stands for “Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models,” and the program is geared toward future teachers from under-served, socioeconomically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities. Program participants are provided with UT Martin tuition assistance and room and board.

Applicants must be Tennessee residents and be accepted to UT Martin and enrolled to study early childhood education, special education or middle grades education. Students must also have a composite ACT score of at least 21, be eligible for the Tennessee Hope Scholarship Program and complete an application process.

MiSTER Scholars are required to live on campus with fellow program participants as part of the “Call Me MiSTER” living-learning community and maintain a minimum 2.75 overall GPA and a full-time course load. Program graduates are also required to teach one year in a Tennessee public school for each year of assistance provided by the “Call Me MiSTER” program.

“Education is perhaps the most powerful and transformative tool that we have at our disposal,” said Dr. Louis Glover, program director and professor of curriculum and instruction. “My belief is that teachers can truly change the world through their daily interactions with the next generation of leaders within their classrooms. Years later, I can still remember the impact that certain teachers had not only upon my retention of the subject matter being taught, but also upon my worldview.”

UT Martin is the first and only chartered provider of the “Call me MiSTER” program in Tennessee. A complete list of required application materials can be found online.

For more information, contact the UT Martin College of Education, Health and Behavioral Sciences at 731-881-7125 or by email at


PHOTO ID: Clifford Jones (right) is shown assisting a local student during one of the University of Tennessee at Martin’s summer STEM camps. Jones is an educational studies major from Memphis.

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