As the largest university in South Dakota, SDSU counts around 12,500 students enrolled. As a traditional land-grant university, South Dakota State focuses much of its attention on the areas of nursing, pharmacy, agriculture, and engineering. One of the interesting features of the school is that the first building was constructed before South Dakota was even made a state. Over the century after its founding in 1881, the university went through significant expansion, upgrades, and growth. Students enjoy attending classes on a green and historic campus as two buildings owned by the university are on the United States Register of Historic Places.
Master of Science in Counseling & Human Resource Development (College Counseling specialization)
Although the title of this specialization would suggest that counselors deal with issues in college, the degree actually provides instruction on how to help students experiencing issues outside the classroom. Some of the areas where counselors might work at a college include academic advisement, career counseling, and multicultural affairs. In addition, the school suggests that graduates may work in institutional admissions, residence hall settings, and the traditional venue of general college student counseling. Students who seek this degree do not need to be licensed in order to practice and work in these settings. The degree requires students to complete 48-credit hours of specialized classes. Students who wish to work with students who have entered adulthood and who are likely to experience common problems of adults would likely want to seek entry into this specialization.
Master of Science in Counseling & Human Resource Development (School Counseling specialization)
State endorsement and certification is required for students who wish to find work in schools as counselors, and the South Dakota State University program prepares students for official certification. Students may also want to seek work in another state, but are advised to research that state's specifics regarding licensure to ensure that the SDSU program will transfer to certification in another state. In order to graduate with the endorsement of the CACREP, students must complete a comprehensive oral examination, as well as pass a written examination. Graduates who receive a diploma are officially endorsed as individuals who have gained entry-level knowledge of the profession. In addition to successful completion of program specifics, students are also expected to supplement their curriculum with courses taken in a supporting area that will allow for increased depth for specialization in school counseling. Students are encouraged to explore the resources of the American School Counseling Association and the South Dakota School Counseling Association during study.
Master of Science in Counseling & Human Resource Development (Clinical Mental health Counseling specialization)
Students who successfully complete this program will satisfy the requirements of the South Dakota Board of Counselor Examiners. Not only must the student take a variety of classes as part of their course of study, but the program also requires supervised clinical experience, as well as successfully taking exams. After completing all requirements of the program, students are eligible to obtain licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). After some time spent in practice, students may eventually look forward to becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor – Mental Health (LPC-MH). This specialization requires completion of 60-credit hours and prepares students for work in private practice. Graduates often work within private practice as a licensed counselor after graduation. As with the other programs of study at South Dakota State, students are encouraged to take a variety of supporting courses that will further their knowledge in a specific area of concentration so as to ensure a high level of understanding of counseling upon graduation.
- Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
- North Central Association Higher Learning Commission (HLC)