The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction supports the implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program that is based on the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) Model.  

The "ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success: K-12 College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Every Student" describes the knowledge, skills, and attitudes students need to achieve academic success, college and career readiness, and social/emotional development.

The ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors can be aligned with initiatives at the district, state, and national levels to reflect the district’s local priorities.

Contact the Office of School Approval & Opportunity at (701) 328-2244 for additional information.

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North Dakota Century Code Requirements for School Counselors



Counselors shall be immune from disclosing information given by pupils. For the purpose of counseling in a school system, any elementary or secondary school counselor possessing a valid North Dakota guidance credential from the department of public instruction, and who has been duly appointed a counselor for a school system by its proper authority, shall be legally immune from disclosing any privileged or confidential communication made to such counselor in a counseling interview. Such communication shall be disclosed when requested by the counselee.

School Counselor Requirements

15.1-06-19. Counselor positions - Requirement

  1. Beginning with the 2010-11 school year, each school district must have available one full-time equivalent counselor for every three hundred students in grades seven through twelve.
  2. Up to one-third of the full-time equivalency requirement established in subsection 1 may be met by career advisors.
  3. For purposes of this section, a "career advisor" means an individual who holds a certificate in career development facilitation issued by the department of career and technical education under section 15-20.1-24 or an individual who is provisionally approved by the department of career and technical education under section 15-20.1-25 to serve as a career advisor.

Career Advisor - Duties


A career advisor shall provide sequential career development activities, current career information, and related career exploration opportunities to students in grades seven through twelve. A career advisor shall use computer-assisted career guidance systems and work at the direction and under the supervision of the school district counseling staff.

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State Approved School Counseling Programs

When Administrative Rules refers to a "state-approved program," it refers to the process by which the Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB), in concert with the NDDPI, shall supervise a system of program approval at those colleges within the state of North Dakota which provide school counselor education programs

School counselor education programs from other states or private colleges which meet standards for program approval are listed in the Manual on Certification and Preparation of Education Personnel in the United States and Canada published by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification.

State-Approved Counseling Programs
Required ContentNorth Dakota State University
University of North Dakota
University of Mary
Elementary School Counseling729 K-12 Professional School Counseling565 School Counseling Program Management634
School Counseling Practices
Secondary School Counseling729 K-12 Professional School Counseling565 School Counseling Program Management

School Counseling Practices

School Counseling Internship794 B Elementary/Secondary School Counseling Internship581 Practicum
589 SC Internship
691 School Counseling Internship
Counseling Program Management728 Guidance & Administration Counseling565 School Counseling Program Management626 Comprehensive School Counseling Programs
Theories of Counseling711 Counseling Theory530 Theories of Counseling, Pers & Development572 Counseling Theories
Group Counseling720 Group Counseling518 Group Theory & Process574 Group Counseling
Assessment Techniques713 Assessment Techniques517 Assessment Techniques580 Assessment Techniques
Social and Multicultural716 Social & Cultural Foundations of Counseling532 Multicultural Counseling520 Social and Cultural Foundations
Ethics and Law715 Professional Orientation & Ethics501 Ethics Counseling & Counseling Psychology510 Professional Orientation & Ethics
Counseling Techniques710 Counseling Techniques510 Counseling Methods570 Counseling Methods
AccreditationCACREP Accreditation 2020CAEP 
Delivery MethodFace-to-FaceMostly synchronously online, summer classes; partially face-to-face classesBlended or online
Synchronous with summer residency
Program OptionsFull Masters only (48 credits)Full Masters (60 credits). Graduate certificate options: Track A - 22 credits; Track B - 43 creditsFull Masters, School Counseling Certificate, or Non-Degree Seeking
Contact InformationDr. Carol Buchholz

Dr. Katherine Nelson
(701) 777-2394

Dr. Christina Jurekovic
(701) 355-8099