Rogers State University’s Master of Science in Community Counseling (MSCC) program will host an open house for prospective students from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 14, in Room 202 of Baird Hall on the RSU campus in Claremore.
The event is free to attend and open to all students wanting to learn more about RSU’s MSCC program. Those interested are encouraged to register for the open house, but pre-registration is not required.
“This open house will give attendees the opportunity to experience a class, to meet some of the program’s graduate students, interact with the professors, ask the program director questions and learn about what the program entails,” said Dr. Kathy Hoppe, assistant professor in RSU’s Department of Psychology and Sociology.
Hoppe said the open house would offer potential program participants a taste of graduate school.
“Entering into graduate school can be intimidating, so we thought ‘Why not give the students the chance to learn what that might look like?’,” she said. “This event will help them become informed about what’s involved in graduate school and the MSCC program itself and the requirements of becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).”
Hoppe said becoming an LPC would open several potential career paths, such as professional counseling or counseling in schools, therapist, research work, becoming an instructor or professor, or it could serve to bridge the student’s education, should they opt to pursue a doctoral degree.
“Right now, we have a nationwide shortage of mental health professionals,” she said. “The demand for them has increased exponentially since COVID, so this program offers considerable career opportunities for graduates.”
Light refreshments will be provided at the open house.
RSU’s Master of Science in Community Counseling (MSCC) is designed to provide students with the education necessary to become professional counselors. This advanced degree prepares students to sit for the National Counselor Exam (NCE) and the Oklahoma Legal and Ethical Responsibilities Exam (OLERE) required by the Oklahoma State Board of Behavioral Health for application as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) candidate.