South Dakota is a state with many educational and professional opportunities for those interested in the field of psychology. Along with undergraduate degrees in psychology, South Dakota schools offer graduate opportunities in psychology in fields such as human factors and clinical psychology.

To help sort through the variety of psychology schools and graduate programs offered in South Dakota, please feel free to use the search tool below.

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The process of studying the practice of psychology is a long and challenging one, but even those lengthy studies will not quite enable one to begin working in the field. In order to practice psychology in South Dakota, a psychology license is also required.

South Dakota Psychologist Licensing

Once that license is obtained, trained psychologists are enabled to offer a number of different treatments and services throughout the state of South Dakota. Some of those are as follows:

  • Working with people struggling with addiction problems related to drugs or alcohol
  • Diagnosing and treating mental illness
  • Providing group and individual therapy sessions to work through a variety of emotional issues

Who Issues Licenses in South Dakota?

To become licensed in the practice of psychology in South Dakota, applications must be made to the Board of Examiners of Psychologists. This government agency is in charge of issuing licenses in psychology based on a variety of specific criteria.

To obtain a license, these steps should be followed:

Earn a doctoral degree in psychology from an accredited institution

Complete two year of supervised work totaling no less than 1,800 hours

Pass a written exam and oral exam

Submit the license application along with all necessary documentation and fees

Psychology Licensing Exams in South Dakota

The test administered to those hoping to earn psychology licenses in South Dakota is the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology, or the EPPP. This test is a standard nationwide, and any hopeful psychologist should be preparing to pass this important exam. The oral exam is a test of an individual’s knowledge of the laws of South Dakota that relate to practicing psychology.

South Dakota Psychology Specializations

  • Clinical Psychology
  • School Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology

Specialization Requirements

  • Complete all standard requirements for licensure within the state of South Dakota plus any special education or experience required for specific area of practice

License Renewal

  • Complete some form of continuing education prior to submitting application for renewed license
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South Dakota Psychologist Salary and Employment Trends

Employment Rate and Growth Data in South Dakota for Psychologists vs. Nationwide Data

Clinical, Counseling & School Psychologists Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

South Dakota 7.3%

Psychologists, Other Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

South Dakota 19.5%

Number Clinical, Counseling, & School Psychologists and Psychologists, Other employed 2014

Nationwide 115,810

South Dakota 260

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The links below offer a variety of resources that can be used to learn more about both the study and practice of psychology within South Dakota.

South Dakota Psychology Resources