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Oklahoma Schools Facing Counselor Shortage

Posted at 11:08 AM, Jan 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 12:08:13-05

Another crisis is impacting Oklahoma schools, as many districts are dealing with a shortage of school counselors.

State education numbers show the state needs an additional 1,000 licensed school counselors to reach the recommended ratio of 250 to one.

In order to help, the University of Oklahoma has moved counseling classes to the evening, offering a part-time, four-year option for working adults.

And if a teacher has a Masters Degree, it only takes five classes, 45 hours in total, to complete the program.

OU Counseling Professor Rockey Robbins says the best part is helping students find peace.

"Adolescents are in this stormy time of their lives and to have an adult to talk to that can be a security base for them to relate to. It can change people's lives."

The program also offers a grant that can be used to forgive up to $8,000 in student loans.

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