School of Education Counseling & Psychology in Education

Counseling Degree Program

The counselor education program at USD is as comprehensive as it is balanced. Nationally accredited by CACREP, our program attracts students regionally and nationally. USD is the only South Dakota institution offering  both the master's and doctorate in counselor education. Students in the master's program select among school, mental health and substance abuse counseling specialization areas. The doctoral program prepares graduates to become the profession's next generation of leaders in counselor education, supervision, scholarship, and advanced counseling practice. Our schedule of late afternoon and evening classes allow for full- or part-time enrollment. Employers are likely to hire professional counselors at higher rates than the average for all occupations through 2020 (2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook).



CPE Division

EdCPE04 "The USD Counseling Program faculty deliver so much more than a strong foundation in counseling. They provide support, enthusiasm, and encouragement; propelling their students to become counselors, ready to help others."

--Joan Huber, Master's Program