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Counseling

Prepare to work with and advocate for students as a school counselor or in your own private practice, hospital or correctional facility. The counseling program at USD prepares you for licensure and certification as a professional counselor, educator or supervisor.

Support Students and Clients in Any Situation

Counseling is about becoming a competent, ethical, reflective and culturally aware professional counselor. In this CACREP-accredited graduate program at USD, you'll learn how to make a difference in others' lives. Whether you choose to work in the P-K–12 school environment to support social and emotional learning or work in your own private practice, hospital or correctional facility. You will strengthen your sense of professional identity through training founded in social responsibility, self-awareness, diversity and inclusive excellence that prepares you to be an advocate for others.

Position yourself as an expert in the high-demand field of counseling and psychology in education from USD.


Degrees & Offerings

CPE: Clinical Mental Health (M.A.)

Master's
  Vermillion Main Campus

You'll learn how to advocate and provide therapy for a wide range of mental health needs, as well as crisis intervention skills. Along the way, you will form close mentorship with faculty that allows you to self-direct your program and develop mental health counseling expertise. The counseling programs prepare students for licensure and certification as professional counselors, educators and supervisors.

CPE: School Counseling K-12 (M.A.)

Master's
  Vermillion Main Campus

Learn how to teach life and social skills, provide crisis support and be an advocate for students. The counseling programs prepare students for licensure and certification as professional counselors, educators and supervisors. Our comprehensive program includes a state-of-the-art training clinic and experienced faculty.

CPE: Counselor Education (Ed.S.)

Specialist
  Vermillion Main Campus

Learn how to teach life and social skills, provide crisis support, and be an advocate for students. In addition to an individualized focus beyond the master’s degree in counseling, the specialist degree offers study options tailored to individual goals. You may choose to complete a thesis, applied clinical project or portfolio.

CPE: Counselor Education (Ph.D.)

Doctorate
  Vermillion Main Campus

As a doctoral student at USD, you will work closely with your advisor to plan a program of study to align with your career goals. Our small class sizes will allow you to develop one-on-one relationships with faculty while teaching and conducting research during your two years of in-residence study.

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Each program has unique application requirements and deadlines. Be sure and consult the graduate catalog for detailed program information. It will ensure your application and materials are complete and submitted on time. To learn more about the application process, visit how to apply.

Known for Excellence

With qualities like small class sizes, specialized programs and incredible student opportunities, USD is not your typical university. What makes us unique is what makes your education exceptional.

Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers that contribute to your education in counseling and psychology in education.
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Counseling & Psychology in Education

We'll train students to make a difference and impact the lives of others as mental health counselors, school psychologists, or human development and educational professionals.

Faculty & Staff

Get to know your professors in the Counseling and Psychology in Education Division. The faculty and staff of the Division of Counseling and Psychology in Education train highly competent professionals seeking to make a difference as community and mental health school counselors, school psychologists and human development and educational psychology professionals. 
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Gabrielle Strouse

Associate Professor
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Daniel DeCino

Assistant Professor
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Adam Hardy

Assistant Professor
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Kristen Langellier

Assistant Professor
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Tracie Ritz

Lecturer
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A comprehensive and balanced counselor education program

Preparing graduates to become the profession's next generation of leaders in counselor education, supervision, scholarship and advanced counseling practice.

Become a Leader 
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A degree that reflects your passions and sets you apart

USD's graduate degrees in are unique in that you can craft the program to fit your interests and career goals. You'll learn from supportive and expert faculty, and you'll also take classes from other departments across campus to expand your skillset and knowledge. All students engage in research and statistics coursework and benefit from the program's flexibility in course sequences and course selections.
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Discounted Tuition for South Dakota Teachers and Vocational Instructors

If you live in South Dakota, be sure and take advantage of the 50% reduced tuition program for currently contracted elementary/secondary teachers and vocational instructors.


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Surprisingly Affordable

Whether you’ve recently completed your undergraduate degree, or you want to kick your career up a notch, graduate school is the next logical step. The good news is there is funding for both online and on-campus students to get you through your program. 
Resident & WRGP
MN Residents
Non-Resident
Tuition (9 cr.)
3061.35
4398.75
5886.45
Fees (9 cr.)
497.7
497.7
497.7
Books (estimate)
360
360
360

More About Tuition & Fees

This is an estimate tuition rate* per credit hour and other factors such as special fees associated with your program may change the cost of tuition. Tuition rates are subject to change. 

If you are wondering about how to pay for graduate school, there are additional funding options to consider.

student success story

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This program has prepared me for counseling because of the clinic we have on campus. It has made it very easy to actually see what we are going to be doing day-to-day after I graduate.

Amanda Dalbey

M.A. Clinical Health

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