Program Outcome Report

Between May 2012 and May 2017, there have been 102 graduates from the University of South Dakota counselor education program. Specifically, 59 earned a M.A. in clinical mental health counseling (CMHC) specialization, 35 earned a M.A. in school counseling (SC) specialization and eight earned a Ph.D. in counselor education. Between June 2016 and May 2017 there were 14 CMHC, five SC and two Ph.D. graduates. On average the program accepts approximately 20 students per year and since 2010 the average completion rate for the program (all specializations) is about 95 percent. It is important note that since 2010, 100 percent of CMHC, SC and Ph.D. graduates secure employment within six months of their graduation.

Students in the counselor education program perform extremely well on the National Counselor Examination (NCE). Since 2011, as a whole, the program is consistently at or above 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.
  • Staff with multi-theoretical backgrounds and training who provide students with thorough grounding in theory and practical application of theory.
  • 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.
  • Faculty mentoring to support students to conduct research, publish, and present at conferences.
  • Financial support for students to attend professional conferences.