Call Me MISTER Program
The mission of the Call Me MISTER (acronym for Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) Initiative is to increase the pool of available male 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.
The Call Me MISTER program was established at Kansas State University in 2016. Our first graduate will graduate in December 2018. The current MISTERS gain relevant leadership and mentorship training through well-designed academic and social activities.
Admission to the K-State Call Me MISTER Program
See 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…
- About 20 percent of Call Me MISTER 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.
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, Spartanburg Community College, Tri-County Technical College, Trident Technical College, University of South Carolina-Beaufort, and Winthrop University.