In North Dakota we strive to provide a robust comprehensive school counseling program. The first step to achieve this goal is in the training of the school counselor. North Dakota requires that a school counselor must have a master's degree in counseling, education, or a related human service field along with coursework in the following content areas:
School counselors must also obtain a professional educators license before they may be issued a school counseling credential.
- Elementary school counseling
- Secondary school counseling
- Supervised school counseling internship consisting of a minimum of 450 contact hours of which at least 150 contact hours are at both the elementary and secondary level
- Counseling program management
- Counseling theories
- Assessment techniques
- Group counseling
- Career counseling and assessment
- Social and multicultural counseling
- Ethics and law
- Counseling techniques
The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction has an online application process for all administrative, school counselor, library media, Title I/remedial, and special education director credentials. The online credential applications can be accessed on NDTeach.
Laws and Regulations
Contact Jim Upgren at (701) 328-2244 or Kelsie Howes at (701) 328-4571 for additional information on school counselor credentials.