The South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program began in 1999. The College of Charleston was selected through a competitive grant process among all private and public institutions that offer teaching training. It is one of the eleven South Carolina Teaching Fellows Institutions.
In March of 2007, the College of Charleston Teaching Fellows welcomed the opening of the new School of Education, Health, and Human Performance. The center includes a large lounge designated for the use of Teaching Fellows to hold meetings, work on school projects as well as hangout.
Administered by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement (CERRA), the Teaching Fellows Program provides a $24,000 scholarship/loan for a selected number of outstanding high school seniors annually. These candidates wish to pursue a degree in education and a career in South Carolina’s public schools following graduation. The Scholarship is divided among four years and grants $5700 towards a student’s tuition and $300 for summer enrichment programs each year. A Fellow is required to teach in a South Carolina public or magnet school for each year he or she receives the scholarship.
The program is set in a liberal arts institution at which students do not enter the Teacher Education Program until their junior year. During the first two years students take a range of courses that challenge their thinking, teach them content, and add to their development as well-rounded educated individuals. At the College of Charleston it is understood that this scholarship comes with expectations and obligations.
Fellows at the College of Charleston care for one another as we will care for the children in our classes, seeing them as individuals and providing the support each will need to maximize his or her goals. Fellows stand out in classes and on campus, taking leadership roles in organizations such as student government, Greek life and athletic programs.
We have promised the State of South Carolina to assist in attracting and retaining the brightest and best as teachers, to develop Teaching Fellows into teacher-leaders, and to add to the growing pool of South Carolina teachers, young men and women who are able and willing to be outstanding teachers for all of South Carolina’s children.
Governance/Committees/Class or Cohort Representatives
One of the requirements as a College of Charleston Teaching Fellow is to attend meetings held weekly on Wednesday evenings. This time is set aside for Governance Council, Committee or Class Representative Meetings.
I. Governance and Committees
The Teaching Fellows Program at the College of Charleston is governed by the students. The elected Governance Council sets the direction for the program with the established guidelines. Every Fellow serves on at least one major committee: Communications, Recruitment and Retention, Greater Community, Our Community or Professional Development. Each committee works to enrich the Program as whole by planning service projects, fundraiser, professional learning as well as theme events for student fellowship. This governance structure affords multiple opportunities for leadership growth and development on several levels of involvement. It enables Fellows to explore politics in education, learn basic signs to be used with children who are hearing challenged, enjoy a field day with games that can be used on rainy days in the classroom, and become aware of gender differences in the classroom through a workshop.
II. Cohort Representative Meetings
Class Representative Meetings are organized by the elected class representative and serve as a time of fellowship. The members of each class bond while playing games, enjoying snacks or working on a service project.