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South Dakota School Counselors
In South Dakota, many of the best and brightest in education and other industries are becoming interested in the school counseling career.
Compared to other professional careers, South Dakota school counseling is highly competitive, unlike lagging teacher salaries. In the '05-'06 school year, South Dakota ranked 50th in the nation (51st including Washington DC) for average teacher salary at $34,709. South Dakota school counselors will typically earn $5,000 to $10,000 more each year than teachers.
Secondly, the tides are turning as many South Dakota residents are demanding higher quality education. More emphasis will be placed on the importance of school counselors' expertise and their involvement in the development of curriculum and educational programs. Soon the consensus will be that desired achievements will simply not be reached if methods for breaking down learning barriers are not implemented on all levels of the educational process.
What this means for school counselors in South Dakota is that they are looking at a future with strong job security and continual salary increases.
Featured Universities with School Counseling Programs
NYU Steinhardt's accredited master of arts program in Counseling and Guidance: School and Bilingual School Counseling. Through this online program, you will gain the skills you need to become a professional Pre-K-12 school counselor, working with children and families in your community to foster academic achievement and success. Click here to contact New York University and request information about their programs.
Capella University offers four online CACREP-accredited Graduate Programs in Counseling: MS in Mental Health Counseling, MS in Marriage & Family Counseling/Therapy, MS in School Counseling, and PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. Click here to contact Capella University and request information about their programs.
Finally, the reason why most become South Dakota school counselors in the first place is the emotional rewards. Unlike teaching, school counseling is one of the few careers in education where you have the opportunity to individually work with students who need the most assistance. You will be able to experience the effects of a job well done when you see a certain pupil move on to the next grade or graduate high school with a positive attitude.
Contact schools offering school counseling or mental health counseling programs and learn how you can begin a career as a South Dakota School Counselor.
- Capella University Master of Science (MS) in Human Services - School Counseling Specialization - CACREP and State Approved**
- New York University (NYU) Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance - School Counseling and Bilingual School Counseling - MPCAC Accredited
- Northwestern University - CACREP-Accredited Online Master of Arts in Counseling (meets requirements to become a school counselor)
- UMass Online (Master of Education (M.Ed.) in School Counseling - NEASC and State-Approved program)
Whether you are from Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Aberdeen, or anywhere else across the state, you will find school counseling a highly rewarding and respected career.