South Dakota State Resources


The information below is collected from state licensure boards or regulatory agencies responsible for regulating the professions of marriage and family therapy. The information is reviewed on an annual basis. Please be advised that laws, regulations, and policies may change at any time, so always check with your state for the most up-to-date information.

South Dakota has one MFT license; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).

Marriage and Family Therapist License Requirements

  • A master's or doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy, or a related topic with equivalent coursework, from a program accredited by COAMFTE, CACREP, or a regionally-accredited program. 
    • Program must include a practicum, consisting of at least 300 hours of client contact.
  • A passing exam score must be submitted along with a plan for supervision.
  • Must complete two calendar years of supervised clinical experience.

Licensure by Endorsement (Portability)

  •  Must provide verification of licenses held in other jurisdictions, including any history of disciplinary actions. 
  • The applicant must also:
    • Have a current, active license for at least five years. Must be licensed at the highest independent level for at least three years of the five years.
    • Verification of a passing exam score. 
Read more details on South Dakota's MFT licensure
South Dakota Board of Examiners for Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists

Continuing Education

In order to renew a license, a licensee must complete continuing education every two years.

Required hours:

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