• 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
  • The USD counseling program has been an ideal environment to learn and grow, both as an individual and student. With thoughtful, knowledgeable and compassionate support and guidance from faculty, I take heart in knowing I have received exceptional training in preparation for the next chapter of my journey toward becoming a professional counselor.
    Joey Appley, master's student, clinical mental health counseling specialization
  • It is apparent that the faculty of the USD counseling program care about the successful development of each of their students. As a result, I believe the guidance and feedback they provide would rival any found in academia.
    Adam Hardy, M.A., N.C.C., L.P.C., doctoral student in counselor education
  • One of the many strengths of the counseling program is the dedication of the staff to the students and their success. They truly care about the growth and development of each and every student and I feel like a valued part of the program. USD’s counseling program provides quality education, experiences, and opportunities; while the professors add so much more than that with their passion, support and encouragement.
    Whitney Wanderscheid, master's student, school counseling specialization

Human Development and Educational Psychology

  • Education psychology has opened my eyes to a much deeper understanding of how people work. It has deepened my appreciation of the complexity of the human mind while helping me to understand the research behind psychology. What is researched in education psychology is relevant in so many academic disciplines that there is always some new aspect to understand. The education psychology department at USD is great. There is diversity among the professors in research areas, but respect between them. They are available to their students. They make classes interesting while still teaching a topic in depth, and are more than willing to allow students to participate in research projects. The professors are passionate about their work and respectful of their students. It is a great place to learn.
    Luralyn Bailey, master's student
  • I have had the opportunity to be involved in research projects and have gained experience in teaching courses to undergraduate students. I have also found that the diverse interests of the faculty give me the luxury of being able to select from many different areas of study.
    Dennis Russell, doctoral student
  • I have found professional applications for every course I took in the educational psychology program. I use the knowledge I gained every day.
    Susan Spooner, Ph.D., alumna and clinical information specialist

School Psychology

  • As a new student in the USD school psychology program, I really appreciate the welcoming and optimistic atmosphere among the department students and faculty. I specifically appreciate the faculty's effective teaching strategies that promote a greater understanding of the topics while also challenging my current knowledge base. Also, the faculty offer encouragement in a way that feels like they truly want students be successful in the program and professional settings. Equally helpful is the clarity of expectations throughout the program, which allows for an objective understanding and evaluative process. Lastly, I appreciate how the faculty were willing to work with me to create an individualized trajectory in regards to transfer credits.
    Brittany Lewno, doctoral student
  • My time at USD in the school psychology program is a very fond memory for me. The rigor of the program was balanced by the personal attention and open-door policies of the professors in the departments. Always ready to assist in academic and personal matters, the professors regard students simultaneously as scholars, mentees and, eventually, colleagues. I maintain personal and professional contact with many classmates and professors from the program to this day, eleven years after setting forth from Vermillion. From an inner-city urban district with 155 psychologists on staff to mountain resort towns with fewer than 10 psychologists on staff, the technical and interpersonal skills that I gained during my time at the USD school psychology training program have allowed me to assume leadership positions in every psychology department that I have been a part of.
    John Larson, Ph.D., N.C.S.P.