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Counselor Education

Welcome to the Counselor Education Program at North Dakota State University. We hope you find the information on these webpages useful and look forward to your inquiries. The North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NACES) recently awarded our program its 2011 “Innovative Counselor Education Program” award.

We offer two master’s degrees (M.S. or M.Ed.) in counseling. Unique to the area, students may pursue a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. All of our programs are accredited by CACREP until October 30, 2020.

We have master’s options in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling. The Master's of Science (M.S.) and Master's of Education (M.Ed.) degrees in counseling are considered entry-level preparation for qualification as a practitioner.  Either degree serves a foundation for national certification and state licensure.  The M.S. degree places more emphasis on research than the M.Ed.  For the M.S. a thesis is required in addition to 600 hours of internship.  The M.Ed. requires no thesis, but 900 hours of internship.Students typically graduate between two and three calendar years.

The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision requires 71 credits beyond the master's degree in counseling. With emphases on teaching, supervision, leadership, and practice, doctoral graduates advance to a variety of careers. About 40 percent choose positions in higher education. Individuals admitted to the doctoral program are diverse, since 2002 around 18% of the enrolled doctoral students have been from underrepresented groups.

The Graduate School website has general information about graduate school requirements, how to apply online, and other useful links such as financial aid. International students will also find this a good starting point for exploring graduate study in counseling at NDSU.


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Last Updated: Friday, September 26, 2014 11:35:27 AM