Developing a strong counseling or counselor education professional identity is an important emphasis of our program.  Students are encouraged to join the counseling associations and subdivisions appropriate to their career choices.  Furthermore, students are encouraged to participate in state, regional, national, and/or international professional counseling conferences during their time in the program.  Examples of relevant counseling associations are listed below.


The Counselor Education Program does not guarantee licensure, certification, credentialing, or placement of our graduates.  A student who seeks licensure, certification, and/or credentialing in any other state or jurisdiction needs to check the specific requirements for that state or jurisdiction and, if needed, discuss the policies with her or his advisor.

Counselor licensure in the state of North Dakota is regulated by the North Dakota Board of Counselor Examiners (NDBCE). Information about the process of applying for licensure can be found at their website:

School counselor licensure and credentialing is regulated by the ND Department of Public Instruction.  Information about requirements can be found at their website:


Because of our CACREP-accreditation status, students may obtain the National Board for Certified Counselor's (NBCC) National Certified Counselor (NCC) status while still in the master's program.  Information about requirements can be found at their website: 

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