School Counselor

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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:
  • 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
School counselors must also obtain a professional educators license before they may be issued a school counseling credential.

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 for additional information on school counselor credentials.