Hande Briddick, Associate Professor
Department of Counseling and Human Development
Wenona Hall 312, Box 507
The School Counseling specialization is designed to prepare students for endorsement/certification as a school counselor in the state of South Dakota. Should the student seek endorsement in another state, it is that student’s responsibility to meet any additional requirements by that particular state. Students who successfully complete this 48-credit hour specialization will earn a Master of Science in Counseling and Human Resource Development specializing in School Counseling.
Upon successful completion of the core requirements, and those of the School Counseling specialization, and with the successful completion of the comprehensive written and oral examinations, graduates are endorsed as having constructed entry level knowledge and as having met appropriate skill acquisition to be recognized as professional school counselors. Students in the School Counseling specialization are also responsible for having taken supporting area courses which supplement or enhance their chosen specialty.
Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure
The Master of Science in CHRD specializing in School Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
All Master of Science students are eligible to begin the process for the National Certified Counselor certification by taking the NCE six months before or after they graduate.
The School Counseling specialization prepares students for endorsement/certification in the state of South Dakota. Students are responsible for researching school counseling certification requirements for any state in which they wish to practice.
Graduation from this program does not grant immediate licensure as a counselor. Licensure differs by state and is obtainable by completing additional client contact hours after graduation. Students are responsible for researching licensure requirements for the state in which they plan to practice.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the requirements for the School Counseling specialization, students will:
- understand developmental theory as it relates to the difference(s) between “normal” developmental behavior and “abnormal” developmental behavior in youth;
- utilize knowledge and skills to address the counseling needs of a dynamic and diverse population of students and their families;
- be prepared to create and deliver a comprehensive, K-12 developmental school guidance program;
- be able to consult with school personnel and serve as a liaison to community programs to assist in coordinating services for students, parents, and teachers;
- understand and provide effective individual, group, and classroom guidance services;
- know the ethical, legal, and professional standards in a K-12 educational institution;
- develop a commitment to continued personal and professional development;
- be certified by the State of South Dakota as a K-12 School Counselor; and
- be prepared to pursue licensure as a professional counselor.
Course Delivery Format
Instruction occurs through didactic (classroom) and clinical experience. Most classes are enhanced with internet supplement.