The Call Me MiSTER® (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) program was founded originally at Clemson University in 2000. The program strives to increase the pool of available teachers from a more diverse background, particularly among the State's lowest performing elementary schools. Student participants are largely selected from among under-served, socio-economically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities.
Call Me MiSTER® is a teacher leadership program that provides the participants, who are entitled "Call Me MiSTER® Scholars," with the tools necessary to succeed as pre-service teachers. With the preparation and support from the Call Me MiSTER® program, students will go on to pursue successful careers in elementary and middle schools in Tennessee.
Call Me MiSTER® serves students at 24 participating colleges within South Carolina and 9 national partner institutions, including the University of Tennessee at Martin, which has the only Call Me MiSTER® Program currently in Tennessee.
We offer undergraduate programs in Interdisciplinary Studies, Secondary Education, and Special Education.
Conceptual Framework for Programs
The purpose of the Teacher Education Program (TEP) at UT Martin is to provide education professionals with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to become effective facilitators of learning.