Cameron University and Rogers State University will host an open house later this month for students currently in or interested in the teacher education program. An informative in-person open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 27, in Room 207 of the Stratton Taylor Library on the RSU campus in Claremore. RSU and Cameron partner together to offer a bachelor’s degree in education.
“This (open house) will benefit three primary target groups,” said Jayne McLoughlin, advisement specialist on the RSU Claremore campus for Cameron University. “Firstly, for RSU students who are already enrolled in education programs – we would invite them to hear about the degree plans available once they’ve completed their associate degree in education at RSU.
“The second group would include any students on campus pursuing a non-education major at RSU that are potentially thinking about teaching,” she continued. “For those students, we will inform them about the courses we offer for them to have education as their minor, which will benefit them in becoming certified (to teach). The benefit of this is that they’ll be working toward their certification while still receiving financial aid – if their department approves education as a minor – as an undergraduate.
“The third group I see benefiting from this open house is people who are simply undeclared – they haven’t declared a major but want to find out more about what it would take to become a teacher,” she said.
Students enrolled in the education program will be on-hand to discuss the program with other students and potential students, and program literature will be available. Light refreshments will be provided at the event.
In addition to the teacher education open house, Cameron University, aka CU, will host another education program event later this semester. The “CU Become a Teacher” event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6, via Zoom.
This event will be for RSU education students and education minors interested in teaching, for those who already possess a non-education degree, for those who have some college credit and want to finish a degree in education, and for anyone who wants to learn how to become alternatively certified.
“There are few other education programs in the state that are structured like ours,” McLoughlin said. “Ours is a learning community. When a student starts this (education) program, they start it and go through it with the same people, share the same classes, do projects together, compare notes about field experiences, etc. By the time they’ve graduated, they have colleagues in the field – all of whom receive very personal attention at our university.”
The Bachelor of Science in elementary education is a joint venture of RSU and Cameron. Both universities are regional institutions under the governance of the OU Board of Regents.
Under the RSU and Cameron collaborative elementary education degree program, students can earn an Associate of Arts in elementary education in two years from RSU then transition into Cameron’s portion of the program, completing all requirements for a bachelor’s degree from Cameron in two years on the RSU campus in Claremore.
Cameron University’s teacher open house event is free and open to the public, but the CU Become a Teacher event will require registration.
For more information about the CU Become a Teacher event, email Jayne McLoughlin at [email protected].
For more information about Cameron University, visit www.cameron.edu.
For more information about RSU’s education degree programs, visit www.rsu.edu/education.