New cohort for master’s in counseling begins in spring 2014

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Officials with Missouri State University’s Outreach Program and the Department of Counseling, Leadership and Special Education in Springfield will offer a new cohort for the Master of Science in Counseling degree beginning with the 2014 spring semester at Missouri State University-West Plains.

Students admitted to the program will be able to earn the master’s degree in counseling with an emphasis in the areas of elementary and secondary education, officials said.  Students will be able to complete a majority of the degree program’s classes on the West Plains campus in the newly opened Gohn Hall utilizing evening, online and interactive television (ITV) classes, officials added.

This new cohort will mark the fourth time the counseling program has been offered in West Plains, said Deanna Smith, coordinator of Missouri State’s Outreach Program on the West Plains campus.  “The past success of the Master of Science in Counseling program offered at the Missouri State-West Plains campus definitely proves the need for future cohorts to be offered locally,” she said.  “Since the program began in spring 2007, local residents have had the ability to pursue this degree close to home and obtain jobs that meet the growing demand for area counselors, both in schools and in private agencies.”

Area residents interested in participating in the new cohort will need to meet all admission requirements by Oct. 1, 2013.  Contact Smith at 417-255-7931 or DeannaSmith@MissouriState.edu for detailed information concerning these requirements.

For more information about other advanced degree opportunities available locally through Missouri State outreach, contact Smith at 417-255-7931 or DeannaSmith@MissouriState.edu or visit http://outreach.missouristate.edu/westplains.asp.

Scheduling changes will make it easier to obtain general business degree

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Changes to course scheduling for the Bachelor of Science in General Business degree through the Missouri State University Outreach Program will make it easier for potential students to complete the degree despite their busy schedules.

Beginning this fall, classes leading toward the degree, which is available at Missouri State-West Plains, will be offered on site or via interactive television (ITV) after 5:30 p.m., as well as online and through iCourses, Outreach Program Coordinator Deanna Smith said.  Locally, on site and ITV classes will be offered in the newly opened Gohn Hall, 603 W. Main St.

The scheduling changes are specifically designed to accommodate busy individuals who need to earn a college degree while juggling many commitments, such as work and family, Smith explained.

“The thought of an evening program for this degree has been discussed for quite some time, not just here in West Plains, but also in Lebanon and Neosho and with other Outreach coordinators,” she said.  “Just through my experience in talking with students and advisees, I have noticed a growing need for the classes to be more accessible to students who are working full time and have had difficulty in rearranging their schedules to take daytime classes.  Many of our students have employers who have agreed to work with them to flex their work schedules around their classes, but that hasn’t been possible for many, especially during the summer when some of the classes they need are offered up to four days per week in a three hour block in the middle of the day.”

According to Dr. Kent P. Ragan, head of the Finance and General Business Department at Missouri State University in Springfield, the general business major is one of the most flexible degree programs available.  “Students may choose from major electives in a variety of areas, including accounting, finance, management, marketing, risk management/insurance, etc., allowing them some ability to focus on areas of interest to them and enhancing their career prospects in that area.  General business majors often pursue careers in various areas of management, marketing (including sales, advertising, public relations, retailing, etc.), banking, insurance and many related fields,” he said.

For more information about the general business degree, contact Kim Stagner, adviser for the College of Business at Missouri State University in Springfield, at 417-836-5386 or at KimStagner@MissouriState.edu.

Registration for 2013 fall semester classes available through the Outreach Program at Missouri State-West Plains is going on now.  For more information, contact Smith at 417-255-7931 or at DeannaSmith@MissouriState.edu.