South Dakota MFT Programs

Students will have complete education in the MFT field by pursuing a degree that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

Nearly all states automatically recognize these programs for their high academic standards in coursework and clinical practicum hours, satisfying the criteria they have set. In the state of South Dakota, there are no graduate programs available that are accredited by the COAMFTE.

There are a few options for residents in the state of South Dakota that want to pursue a COAMFTE-accredited graduate program in marriage and family therapy.

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Marriage and Family Therapist Degrees in South Dakota

For an on-campus experience, the nearby state of Minnesota has an MFT program, with Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. They provide a Master's degree in the MFT field that can be completed in a few years.

Those looking for a bit more flexibility, or unable to travel to an on-campus program may consider pursuing a degree online. Also based in Minnesota, Capella University offers a Master's degree that can be completed online. When looking at online programs, students should determine if there are any on-campus residencies that require traveling to the school for a certain amount of time, and if they meet the technical requirements to take the program.

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LMFT Licensure in South Dakota

For licensure in marriage and family therapy in the state of South Dakota, students must have a graduate degree in the field and a curriculum including at least 48 credit hours of coursework. The practicum within the program should have at least 300 client contact hours.

MFT Licensure Requirements

Students that have taken a program that is accredited by the COAMFTE will satisfy these needs. In post-graduate clinical experience, students will need at least 1,700 hours of work recorded. At least 200 hours of supervision is also required, and half of that must be directly with an approved MFT professional. Passing of the national examination is also required, and unsuccessful attempts can be retried after six months.

South Dakota Board Examiners for Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists

PO Box 340
Pierre, SD 57501
LMFT Licensure:

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

LMFT Careers and Salaries in South Dakota

The state of South Dakota has moderate employment within the field of marriage and family therapy according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

There are a few hundred workers throughout the state, with a good portion of that in the Sioux Falls metropolitan area. The median average for the state is approximately $38,700, which is lower than the national average. Some popular career options include Aegis Therapies, Sanford Health, and Big Stone Therapies.

There are not any COAMFTE accredited MFT programs in South Dakota. Consider reviewing the online COAMFTE accredited MFT counseling program guide here, or view all counseling degrees in South Dakota. Available online programs currently accepting applicants are also available below.

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