Welcome School Counselor Graduate Students!
School counseling is a rewarding profession and SDSCA is excited for you to be part of it!
Become an SDSCA Member
South Dakota School Counseling Graduate Programs
Join the Listserv
As a benefit of joining SDSCA, members are able to join a members-only listserv. SDSCA members can discuss issues relating to school counseling with other professionals - knowing their concerns and questions will be kept in confidence. Members can be a sounding board for each other in a safe and secure email group.
The SDSCA Members listserv is a great way to ask for the advice, benefit from others experience, and network with other professionals.
Reduced-Cost Professional Development
Often, SDSCA offers a discounted rate for professional development for graduate students. Not only are these great training opportunities for best practices in the profession, but they also lend great networking opportunities with South Dakota school counselors. Check out our PD & Events page to learn more about professional development opportunities.
Resources for Graduate Students Nearing Graduation
Upon completing your school counseling graduate program, you will need to apply for school counselor certification with the South Dakota Department of Education.
South Dakota Educator Portal (for applying for certification)
South Dakota Educator Certification (general information about certification)
Finding a Job
The South Dakota Association of School Boards of South Dakota offers a Teacher Placement Center featuring job openings for educators, including school counselors.
School Counseling Mentoring Program
As a new school counselor, having a mentor can be quite beneficial in being new to the field. Take advantage of this SDSCA member benefit and be paired with an experienced school counselor in similar grade levels and/or geographic area. Visit the SDSCA Mentoring Program page for more information.
14 Tips for New School Counselors
View a quick tip sheet that lays out fourteen things you can do to get off on a good start in your new job as a school counselor. 14 Tips for New School Counselors was created in partnership between the South Dakota Department of Education and SDSCA.