What is a Teaching Fellow?


In 1999, the SC General Assembly, recognizing the shortage of teachers in our state, funded the Teaching Fellows Program for South Carolina. The mission of the SC Teaching Fellows Program is to recruit talented high school seniors into the teaching profession and to help them develop leadership qualities. Each year, the program provides Fellowships for up to 200 high school seniors who have exhibited high academic achievement, a history of service to the school and community, and a desire to teach South Carolina's children.

Teaching Fellows participate in advanced enrichment programs in Teaching Fellows Institutions, professional development opportunities during summer months, involvement with communities and businesses throughout the state and receive up to $6000 in yearly scholarships for four years while they complete a degree leading to teacher certification. The scholarship provides up to $5700 for tuition and board and $300 for summer enrichment programs (contingent on funding from the S.C. General Assembly) administered by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, & Advancement (CERRA). A Fellow agrees to teach in South Carolina one year for every year he/she received the Fellowship.

How Can I Become a Teaching Fellow?

Current high school seniors who are US Citizens and legal residents or South Carolina are eligible. To apply you must complete the application below and return with three sealed references and a short narrative. For more information you can contact The Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, & Advancement at (800) 476-2387 or visit CERRA.org.

Current Teaching Fellows



Each Teaching Fellow is a member of one of four committees each of which is designed to help build character and self esteem. These committees takes on the responsibility of planning events, helping the community and helping to recruit new fellows.

Recruitment Committee
This committee is responsible for making known the Teaching Fellows Program to high school seniors who may be interested in education as a career. This committee is in touch with Teacher Cadet classes to schedule speaking engagements. This committee also helps Dr. Clerico plan Teacher Cadet Day.

CSU Community Committee
This committee is responsible for planning Teaching Fellows events such as a Christmas reception and spring banquet. This committee monitors the relationship between sophomore and freshman fellows. They also assist Mrs. Garvin in planning other fellows functions.

Public Relations Committee
This committee is responsible for bulletin boards, scrapbooks and other items that will be used to share information about our activities with the community. This committee is responsible for taking pictures of all events and for updating the web-page.

Community Service Committee
This committee is responsible for identifying and organizing at least one community service activity each semester for Teaching Fellows to be involved in. The committee is responsible for any mentoring programs in which Teaching Fellows will participate.

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