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Call Me MISTER Initiative

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The mission of the Call Me MISTER (acronym for Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) Initiative is to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader more diverse background particularly among the state's lowest performing elementary schools. Student participants are largely selected from among under-served, socio-economically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities.

As graduates, students are expected to have an impact by returning to critical need schools and communities to pursue their professional careers. It is expected a MISTER who completes the program and becomes certified to teach will assume a teaching position in a public school and teach one year for each year they received financial support from the Call Me MISTER program.

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Admission to the K-State Call Me MISTER Program

Interested students must submit the following information to
Kris Bailey at kobailey@k-state.edu:

  • A high school diploma
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • One from a teacher/guidance counselor/principal
    • One from the choice of the student who can express the student's involvement in the community and/or desire to pursue teaching as a profession
  • An essay entitled "Why I Want to Teach"
  • An essay entitled "How Do I Believe the Call Me MISTER Program Will Benefit Me as a Student"
Undergraduate Admission Requirements for Kansas State University

To be considered for qualified admissions you must complete the precollege curriculum with at least a 2.0 GPA (2.5 for non-residents) AND achieve one of the following:

  • A 21 or higher composite score on the ACT assessment; OR
  • A 980 or higher on the SAT I, CR + M; OR
  • Rank in the top third of your graduating class
  • AND, if applicable, achieve a 2.0 GPA or higher on all college credit taken in high school. Students who don't meet these requirements should apply early for full consideration. Additional information may be requested.

Check the K-State Admissions Requirements page for more information.

Admissions Requirements for the Teacher Education Program

Students in the College of Education begin in a curriculum described as pre-professional, either elementary education pre-professional (EDPPE) or secondary education pre-professional (EDPPS). In this curriculum, students will complete 42-50 semester hours of general education and prerequisites for the professional courses. Upon completion of these semester hours, as well as the requirements listed in the following sections, students will be eligible to make formal application to the teacher education program. At that time, the curriculum will be changed to a degree track curriculum in either elementary or secondary education.

Please see Admission Requirements for Teacher Education for additional information on requirements.

Quick Facts about the Call Me MISTER Program
from Clemson University…
  • One hundred eighty nine MISTERS were enrolled in Fall 2015. Since 2004, 170 MISTERs have graduated and placed in classrooms, resulting in an 85 percent increase in the number of Black male teachers serving in South Carolina elementary schools. Ninety-nine percent of the MISTERs have remained in the classroom, with the other one percent serving in administrative roles.
  • About 20 percent of these educators have received "Teacher of the Year" honors, with one being honored as "District Teacher of the Year."
  • The program makes a concerted effort to insure graduating MISTERs achieve suitable placements in teaching positions upon completion of their college program. Some MISTERs graduates are beginning their 11th year of teaching.
  • Call Me MISTER has received national recognition from ABC World News, NPR, USA Today, Washington Post, Newsweek, College Board Report, National Education Association Report, Education Week, Instructor Magazine, Teachers of Color, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, and the Oprah Winfrey Show. 
Participating Institutions

The Call Me MISTER program provides greater opportunity and access for students to have the option of first attending a two-year partner college before transferring to a four-year institution to complete their baccalaureate degree. The following are participating institutions in the program: Anderson University, Benedict College, Claflin University, Clemson University, College of Charleston, Coastal Carolina University, Greenville Technical College, Lander University, Horry Georgetown Technical College, Kansas State University, Limestone College, Midlands Technical College, Morris College, Piedmont Technical College, Newberry College, South Carolina State University, Southern Wesleyan University, Tri-County Technical College, Trident Technical College, University of South Carolina-Beaufort, and Winthrop University.

Of the 375 students who graduated from K-State's College of Education during the 2013-2014 academic year, 91% of elementary education graduates and 85% of secondary graduates accepted teaching positions in Kansas.

There are four targeted Kansas school districts for recruitment into the Call Me MISTER program:

  • USD #259 Wichita
  • USD #501 Topeka
  • USD #202 Turner
  • USD #500 Kansas City