Counselor Licensing Requirements in South Dakota
Counselor Licensing Requirements in South Dakota are outlined on this page. We are providing you with helpful information so that you can be prepared to meet all Counselor Licensing Requirements in South Dakota. Whenever you have specific questions that go beyond this overview, feel free to contact the South Dakota Board of Examiners for Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists by calling (605) 331-2927 or emailing [email protected].
South Dakota has the following two levels of licensing: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health (LPC-MH).
Although you must be licensed first as an LPC, you might be able to save time by completing education requirements simultaneously for the higher license. The process begins when you enroll in a graduate program that meets the curricular standards of South Dakota.
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South Dakota Counselor Credential TitlesLicensed Professional Counselor – Mental Health (LPC-MH) Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
South Dakota Educational Requirements
Master’s degree or higher with an emphasis in mental health counseling from a CACREP accredited program, “or equivalent program” from an accredited institution that includes specific coursework and a supervised practicum (100 hours) and internship (600 hours). 48 semester hours required for LPC licensure; 60 semester hours or completion of all required coursework for LPC-MH licensure.