Accreditation

NCATE Accreditation

The Division of Education and Counseling received reaccreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in 2010. This signifies that the graduates have been prepared according to accepted national standards of excellence and that the programs meet high standards in areas including program design, delivery, and quality of faculty. Xavier was the first private college in Louisiana to receive this prestigious rating.

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) is the profession’s mechanism to help establish high quality teacher preparation. Through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges and departments of education, NCATE works to make a difference in the quality of teaching and teacher preparation today, tomorrow, and for the next century. NCATE’s performance-based system of accreditation fosters competent classroom teachers and other educators who work to improve the education of all P-12 students. NCATE believes every student deserves a caring, competent, and highly qualified teacher. For more information please visit www.ncate.org

CACREP Accreditation

The Counseling Program housed in the Division of Education and Counseling, is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Our 60-hour graduate program furthers the Mission of Xavier by preparing counselors to assume roles of leadership and service in society as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) and Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) through programmatic alignment with CACREP standards, which align with the educational requirements of state licensing boards for professional counselors.

CACREP accreditation is both a process and a status. Institutional application for CACREP accreditation denotes a commitment to program excellence. The accreditation process incorporates programs’ self-assessment along with external review to determine if and how program standards are being met. Accredited status indicates to the public at large that a program is fulfilling its commitment to educational quality.

The 2016 CACREP Standards were written with the intent to promote a unified counseling profession. Requirements are meant to ensure that students graduate with a strong professional counselor identity and with opportunities for specialization in one or more areas. The Standards require that graduates demonstrate both knowledge and skill across the curriculum as well as professional dispositions.

Graduates of CACREP-accredited programs are prepared for careers in mental health, human services, education, private practice, government, military, business, and industry. Entry-level program graduates are prepared as counseling practitioners, and for respective credentials (e.g., licensure, certification) in their specialty area. Doctoral-level graduates are prepared for counselor education, supervision, and practice.  For more information please visit cacrep.org