About the Center for Excellence in Peer Education

The Center for Excellence in Peer Education (CEPE) officially opened August 2011, and is located in the Education Center, Suite 106.

Mission Statement

CEPE is the hub for College of Charleston students serving in paraprofessional positions who offer curricular and co-curricular assistance to their peers.

The mission of the CEPE is to recruit, train, supervise, and evaluate students serving in select positions of peer education within the Office for the Academic Experience (AEX), to provide initial mentor training to peer educators from various units within the College, and to serve as a resource to supervisors of College of Charleston peer educators. 


The peer educator will:

  • Demonstrate professionalism and ethics in their roles, responsibilities, and decision-making.
  • Demonstrate the ability to serve as a connecting link to College of Charleston campus resources and make effective referrals, when appropriate.
  • Develop an understanding and application of key traits of a peer educator.

The Center for Excellence in Peer Education trains approximately 383 students to be peer educators, and serves approximately 9,170 students throughout the College of Charleston campus. Peer educators are trained to assist students in becoming successful academically and socially at the College of Charleston.

Peer Educator Group

Peer Educators (Number)

Students Served (Number)

Academic Tutors (including SI) Center for Student Learning 190 4,092
Peer Academic Coaches Center for Student Learning 6 83
Peer Facilitators First-Year Experience 80 1,800
Cougar Excursion Executive Board Members Higdon Student Leadership Center 5 120
Peer Facilitators Honors College 22 200
Orientation Interns New Student Programs 26 2,750
Mentors REACH Program 42 21
Peer Leaders Undergraduate Academic Services 2 28