Student Opportunities

Story TimeBeyond the classroom

Teaching is a science, complete with learning theories and developmental charts. But it's also an art - an art that must be practiced.

At Lander, you can be sure you'll get lots of teaching experience before you graduate from our program. Our philosophy is that once you've grasped educational theories in your classes, you need many opportunities to go out into the "real world" to put those theories to work.

  • In your freshman and sophomore years, you'll spend time in the public schools observing and assisting teachers.
  • As an upperclassman, you will assume total responsibility for planning and delivering instruction in a school setting.

You'll be able to walk into your first teaching job with your eyes wide open, having already observed and experienced the challenges and rewards of today's classrooms.

Get Involved

Become a Lander Teaching Fellow
Where else can you regularly get hugged, get smeared with finger paints, receive handmade cards, wiggle loose teeth, share smiles, prepare students for post-secondary opportunities and know that you are changing the world?

  • In 1999, the S.C. General Assembly, recognizing the shortage of teachers in our state, funded the Teaching Fellows Program for South Carolina.
  • The mission of the South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program is to recruit talented high school seniors into the teaching profession and help them develop leadership qualities.
  • Each year, the program provides fellowships for up to 175 high school seniors who have exhibited high academic achievement, a history of service to their school and community, and a desire to teach in South Carolina.
  • Teaching Fellows participate in advanced enrichment programs at Teaching Fellows Institutions, have professional development opportunities during summer months, and are involved with communities and businesses throughout the state.
  • They receive up to $24,000, yearly scholarships of $6,000 for four years, while they complete a degree leading to teacher certification.
  • The scholarship provides up to $5,700 for tuition and board and $300 for summer enrichment programs administered by CERRA (contingent on funding from the S.C. General Assembly).
  • A Fellow agrees to teach in South Carolina one year for every year he or she receives the fellowship.

Call Me MisterCall Me MISTER Program (Mentors Instructing
Students Toward Effective Role Models)

The mission of the Call Me MISTER initiative is to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader more diverse background particularly among the state’s lowest performing elementary schools. The MISTER initiative attempts to accomplish this by providing academic, social, and financial support to under-represented individuals interested in entering the teaching profession.

Lander Teacher Education Organizations
Want to develop your passion for teaching? Hope to get hooked up with new friends and future colleagues? You will have lots of opportunities to become involved with student organizations that provide fellowship, service learning, and professional development activities as an EPIC professional educator. There are three student organizations that are open to any teacher education major who wants to become more involved at the campus, community, state, and national levels. Students get involved in fundraisers for area charities as well as to support their travel to professional conferences. They also have a great time and learn a lot about themselves and others.

Lander Early Childhood Association (LAEYC) provides a focus for those primarily interested in working with young children. LAEYC members attend workshops, provide extra activities and resources for area classrooms, and arrange for special guest speakers to present to their organization.

Palmetto State Teacher Student Association (PSTA) provides opportunities for all teacher education majors to become active in one of the major professional teacher organizations in the state. Students take on leadership initiatives to communicate with their legislators about important educational initiatives.

Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) enables students to become more involved in offering opportunities to students with disabilities. Attendance at the state and national conferences on an annual basis is just one of the many activities in which Lander students participate.

Each teacher education organization has a faculty advisor and elects officers from among its membership to identify the specific activities its participants will engage in each year.

Call Me MISTER Program Q&A

  • What are the benefits of this initiative?

  • What happens if I change my major or decide not to teach in South Carolina after graduation?

  • Who can apply?

  • How can I learn more about Lander and Lander’s Academic Programs?

  • How do I Apply?

  • What are the requirements for me to remain a MISTER?

  • What are the policies of Call Me MISTER?

Art Fundamentals

Department Awards

Awards are granted annually to outstanding university students from all disciplines during a ceremony each spring.

  • Early Childhood Education Discipline Award
    Given annually by the education faculty to the graduating senior majoring in early childhood education who best exemplifies academic achievement, moral character, professionalism and exemplary teaching ability.
  • Elementary Education Discipline Award
    Given annually by the education faculty to the graduating senior majoring in elementary education who best exemplifies academic achievement, moral character, professionalism and exemplary teaching ability.
  • Graduate Education Award
    Given annually by the graduate education faculty to an outstanding graduate who best exemplifies professional leadership in the areas of teaching, contributions to the profession and school community, and preferred dispositions of the Professional Instructional Leader.
  • Secondary Education Discipline Award
    Given annually by the education faculty to the graduating senior majoring in secondary education who best exemplifies academic achievement, moral character, professionalism and exemplary teaching ability.
  • Special Education Discipline Award
    Given annually by the education faculty to the graduating senior majoring in special education who best exemplifies academic achievement, moral character, professionalism and exemplary teaching ability.

Life after Lander

Lander education graduates are teaching - and teaching well - throughout South Carolina and beyond. Our alumni have earned prestigious accolades for their efforts, including South Carolina Teacher of the Year, National Distinguished Principal of the Year and Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching for South Carolina. More information on career opportunities.

Study Abroad Opportunities

For detailed information on Lander's study abroad opportunities, visit the following pages: