School of Education Counseling & Psychology in Education

Counseling Program Outcome Report, Goals and Strengths

Program Outcome Report

Between May 2012 and May 2013, there were 36 graduates from the University of South Dakota Counselor Education Program.  Specifically, 21 earned a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialization, 11 earned a M.A. in School Counseling specialization, and 4 earned a Ph.D. in Counselor Education.  On average the program accepts approximately 25 students per year and since 2010 the average completion rate for the program (all specializations) is about 95%.  It is important to note that since 2010, 100% of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling specialization graduates secured employment within one year of their graduation.

Students in the Counselor Education program perform very well on National Counselor Examination (NCE). Since 2011, as a whole, the program is consistently at or above nearly all NCE scoring areas when compared to National, CACREP, and Non-CACREP averages.

Program Outcome Report


Program Goals
  • To provide all students with strong theoretical background on which to base their service to clients.  
  • To provide all students with a knowledge of human development over the life span.  
  • To provide all students with competencies in the areas of consultation and coordination of services to various constituencies.  
  • To provide all students with specialized preparation in developmental, preventive, and therapeutic counseling.  
  • To provide all students with specialized preparation through practicum and internship.  
  • To provide all students with field based internship settings similar to their future employment goals.  
  • To provide doctoral students with competencies in counseling, supervision, diagnostic methods, case management, research, and administration of counseling services.    
Strengths of the Program
  • Positive relationships between and among graduate students and faculty  
  • Program flexibility which enables students at all degree levels the opportunity to develop skills and competencies necessary for individual, professional and career goals.  
  • A staff with multi-theoretical backgrounds and training who provide students with thorough grounding in theory and practical application of theory.  
  • A staff who are all professionally certified or licensed in their respective areas of expertise.  
  • Master of Arts through Doctoral degrees which provide students with the benefit of junior-senior learner interaction.  
  • Excellent history of placement of graduates.  
  • The program is affiliated with Chi Sigma Iota, National Honor Society for Counselors.