The NDSU Counselor Education Program objectives and curriculum are based on what the faculty members, as a whole, believe to be the best that can be attained in the social context. Faculty members value input from students, staff, alumni, other professionals in the field, and concerned people and groups in the community. The program objectives and curriculum are guided by the standards promulgated by a variety of professional associations.
We offer campus-based master's degrees (M.S. or M.Ed.) in Counselor Education with tracks in either School Counseling or in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and a doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in Counselor Education and Supervision.
- To provide students with the appropriate academic preparation, clinical experiences, and personal growth opportunities that they can then apply in their work as professional counselors, educators, and supervisors.
- To prepare students to work in an increasingly diverse world.
- To help students recognize the vast needs of a multicultural society and to respect issues related to all people.
- To assist students in research projects which reflect their interests and the needs of the counseling profession.
- To promote student participation in professional counseling organizations and encourage licensure, certification, and/or credentialing.
- To encourage self-awareness and self-reflection to help students become better counselors.
- To seek a high level of professional and ethical behavior through supervision, self-assessment, and feedback from clients.
- Familiarize students with standards of the ACA, ASCA, CACREP, NCATE, AMCD, ASGW, AMHCA, NDESPB, and ACES as needed by the student's course of study and the needs of a multicultural society in which they will become professional counselors.
- Provide instruction and experiences to prepare students to work as professional counselors in an ever-changing, fast-paced, and diverse world.
- Encourage input from and consult with the Program Advisory Committee, NDCA, NDSCA, NDMHCA, NDACES, public and private schools, counseling agencies, and community leaders.
- Survey current and former students and employers to gather data useful to program assessment, development, and improvement.
- Require research on current developments in the counseling profession, current societal needs, technology, and projections for changes in the counseling profession.
- Continually assess and evaluate public, student, faculty, and program needs.