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School Counseling

As part of the education team, school counselors foster development in career, academic, and social/emotional areas for ALL students by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program.

The menu of options below provides information to assist South Dakota school counselors.

The components of a school counseling program, via the ASCA National Model, are aimed to help improve student success for all students.

ASCA National Model
ASCA National Model

The ASCA National Model, provided by the American School Counselor Association, is a framework for a comprehensive school counseling program to help answer the question, “How are students different as a results of what school counselors do?”

South Dakota School Counselor Annual Professional Evaluation Tool

The South Dakota Department of Education and South Dakota School Counselor Association created the School Counselor Annual Professional Evaluation Tool for school counselor advocacy and as a common evaluation tool to be used for professional school counselors. This tool is aligned to the Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching.

School Counselor Certification

An educator with a School Counselor Education Specialist Certificate is eligible to be a school counselor in an education setting from early childhood through grade twelve.

National Board Certification

The National Certified School Counselor (NCSC) certification through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NCC) is recognized as national board certification for South Dakota school counselors.



Direct questions to Andrea Diehm in the Division of Career & Technical Education at (605) 773-4150.