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College of Education Programs

College of Education

The College of Education is home to a host of nationally recognized centers, institutes, labs and programs that help us extend the reach of our commitment to systematically improve education. The efforts focus on such important issues as special needs, diversity, literacy and writing, STEM/STEAM, digital media, arts education, early learning and educational policy. These outreach efforts make a tangible, positive difference in the lives of individuals and communities in South Carolina and around the globe.

College of Education Programs


The mission of the Call Me MISTER® initiative, a partnership of colleges and universities in S.C. and across the nation, is to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader and more diverse background, particularly among the state's lowest performing elementary schools. Student participants are largely selected from among underserved, socioeconomically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities. For more information, contact Roy Jones or Winston Holton.


ClemsonLIFE is a two-year program incorporating functional academics, independent living, employment and social/leisure skills in a public university setting with the goal of producing self-sufficient young adults. For more information, contact


The College of Education is home to a variety of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) initiatives. Among our efforts are leading a Clemson-wide STEAM ecosystem effort to serve South Carolina's most underserved communities, providing quality professional development opportunities, offering scholarships for STEM graduates who want to enter the classroom and helping build an award-winning STEAM middle school from scratch. For more information, contact the Dean's Office.

Upstate Writing Project

The Upstate Writing Project (UWP) is an official National Writing Project site supported by the financial and professional resources of Clemson University and local school districts. UWP has primary goals that follow the National Writing Project model, which is based on the beliefs that teachers are the key to education reform, teachers make the best teachers of other teachers and teachers benefit from studying and conducting research. For more information, contact Rebecca A. Kaminski.