S.C. Teaching Fellows


What is South Carolina Teaching Fellows?

The South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program is a fellowship program for South Carolina high school students who have exhibited high academic achievement, a history of service to their school and community, and a desire to teach in South Carolina. Administered by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement, the program provides up to a $24,000 fellowship for up to 175 outstanding high school seniors who agree to teach in the state of SC one year for every year they receive the fellowship. For more information about the Teaching Fellows program visit https://www.cerra.org/teaching-fellows-application.html.

What makes the Columbia College Teaching Fellows program distinct?

For fall 2015, students who are chosen as Teaching Fellows and choose to enroll at Columbia College will be offered a Columbia College Teaching Fellow Grant that matches the amount provided from the state dollar-for-dollar, so your teaching fellows grant of $24,000 from the state can double to provide up to $48,000 of grant assistance.  This match will be offered in addition to any other merit scholarship you might earn from Columbia College, up to the total cost of tuition.

Though the money itself is nice, the Teaching Fellows program at Columbia College allows each Fellow to explore service and experiential learning, public policy and advocacy, diversity in public education, and leadership throughout their four years of personal development as a Teacher Leader. In addition, travel opportunities to explore further leadership and personal development are provided.

What are the areas of certification available at Columbia College?

Columbia College offers certifying majors in Early Childhood Education (grades Prek-3), Elementary Education (grades 2-6), Middle Level (grades 5-8), Secondary English and Secondary Math (grades 9-12), Special Education (grades Prek-12), and Dance (grades Prek-12).

Highlights of the Columbia College Teaching Fellows Program

  • Twenty-five hour or more Public Policy Internship in agencies that support public education
  • Attendance at state-wide Teaching Fellows conference sponsored by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement (CERRA)
  • Annual visits from the SC Teacher of the Year
  • Student-selected Inquiry Research Project presented during American Education Week
  • Partnership/outreach to local Teacher Cadet sites
  • Shadowing veteran teachers to learn components of positive classroom environments
  • A video about our program

Apply Online

CERRA accepts SC Teaching Fellows applications annually Sept. 1-Dec. 1.  Apply Now!

Video: Overview of our program

For more information about the Columbia College Teaching Fellows Program download our brochure or contact: 
Ms. Amy Ellisor, Director, Columbia College Teaching Fellows
aellisor@nullcolumbiasc.edu, 803.786.3751