2011-2012 Graduate Catalog 
    Mar 02, 2021  
2011-2012 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Counseling and Human Resource Development

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Program Description

The Counseling and Human Resource Development program is designed to assist the student in developing professional skills and competencies expected of qualified counselors in school, agency (community), rehabilitation or higher education settings. These include but are not limited to: intervention and assessment strategies appropriate for master’s-level counselors, individual and group counseling competencies, professional responsibility, and self-knowledge and self-development.

Master of Science

CACREP Accreditation

The MS specializing in Agency (Community) Counseling, School Counseling and College Student Personnel Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)

CORE Accreditation

The MS specializing in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).  This program is designed to prepare graduates to be eligible for licensure in counseling (LPC) and certification through the Commission for Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC).   The Rehabilitation Program Mission Statement and Program Objectives are:

     The specialty area in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling is dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness
counselors and programs of service to people with disabilities.  Educational experiences will aim to prepare
     qualified rehabilitation counselors, increase knowledge in the field of rehabilitation, and to apply knowledge
     to the growing effectiveness of rehabilitation professionals and service delivery systems.
  In alliance with
     students, agencies, consumers, and professional organizations, the specialty area will promote the
     independence, acceptance, and dignity of all people with significant disabilities.


1.  Meet the growing needs and diverse challenges of consumers with physical and psychiatric disabilities
 Prepare qualified counselors for careers with federal, state, and private agencies
 Meet anticipated work force needs in the growing rehabilitation and mental health counseling field
 Provide field experience and internships to develop professional counseling skills


The MEd specialization in Administration of Student Affairs meets the guidelines of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS).  This program prepares graduates seeking professional roles in student affairs or related areas of higher education in any post secondary setting.

Available Options for Graduate Degrees

Students enrolled in the CHRD program need to complete a practicum and an approved internship.  These experiences allow students to learn by doing, with active, sound supervision.  The practicum and internship experiences carry clock and credit hour completion expectations.  For example, for every 3 credits of internship, students are required to complete 20 hours per week of on-site experience.  In addition, regular work expectations outside the classroom exist for every credit hour enrolled.  Thus, students enrolled in 3 credits of internship or practicum experience will be considered part-time.  Students enrolled in 4 credits of internship or 3 credits of practicum plus other courses to total 4 semester credits will be considered full-time.

Master of Science Option A
  Option B
  Option C
Master of Education 36 Credits

MS Core Requirements

Additional Admission Requirements

GRE: Not required
TOEFL: Department requirement of 525 paper-based, 197 computer-based, 71 Internet-based

In addition to the online Graduate School application, applicants must submit the documents below to the CHRD program office by April 1 for fall admission and October 1 for spring admission and attend a formal screening and orientation interview.

1.    CHRD Disclosure Statement
2.    Resume
3.    A typed, one page goal statement discussing your aspirations to the counseling field
4.    Two completed CHRD Recommendation Forms

Note:  The disclosure statement and recommendation forms can be downloaded at www.sdstate.edu/chd/chrd/admissions.

Students whose applications are complete and ranked highly by the CHRD Admissions committee will be notified by email regarding the specific date and place of the interview.  The screening and orientation interview is the final step in the CHRD application process and determines the applicant’s acceptance or denial to the program.  If granted admission, students have one calendar year from the time of acceptance to begin taking courses otherwise formal re-application to the CHRD program is required.

General Requirements (Master’s Degree)

Graduate students should consult with their advisors before registering for graduate work.

See Master’s Degree Requirements.

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