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CHRD-School Counseling (M.S.)

Students who successfully complete this 60-credit hour specialization will earn a Master of Science in counseling and human resource development specializing in school counseling.

The school counseling plan of study is designed to prepare students for endorsement/certification as a school counselor in the state of South Dakota. Should the student seek endorsement in another state, it is that student's responsibility to meet any additional requirements by that particular state.

This program specialization is accredited by CACREP. The following statement is intended to identify the specific endorsement for students entering school counseling: Upon successful completion of the core requirements, and those of the school counseling specialization, and with the successful completion of the comprehensive written and oral examinations, graduates are endorsed as having constructed entry level knowledge and as having met appropriate skill acquisition to be recognized as professional school counselors. Students in the school counseling specialization are also responsible for having taken supporting area courses which supplement or enhance their chosen specialty.

Program Objectives

Each program objective aligns with one of the eight core CACREP standards and with one college counseling and student affairs specialty track standard.

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary for competent ethical practice.
  2. Demonstrate skills, knowledge, and awareness to counsel within a diverse society.
  3. Describe and explain the process of change as expressed by individual and family counseling theories across the lifespan.
  4. Identify and describe theories and models of career development, counseling, and decision-making.
  5. Demonstrate essential interviewing, counseling, and conceptualizing skills.
  6. Identify and apply approaches used for various types of group work.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic concepts of standardized testing and other assessment techniques.
  8. Discern evidence-based counseling practices.

School Counseling

  1. Integrate legal and ethical considerations specific to school counseling.

Career Opportunities

  • School counselor

For more information about this program, please contact Hande Briddick (Brookings campus) or Moneik Stephens (Rapid City campus).


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