"To prepare reflective professionals as change agents towards a more humane and just society."
Education majors should note that certification requirements are established by the Louisiana Department of Education and are subject to change. Students should consult their advisors each semester.
Since 1925, when Xavier University was founded, it has accepted the sacred privilege and social responsibility of preparing well-qualified teachers for public and private elementary and secondary schools. The University continues to train future teachers who possess a deep sense of social and civic responsibility, who are liberally educated and who possess the philosophical principles, and the professional character essential to their vocation and career. The goal of the Division of Education is the development of reflective professionals who are collaborative change agents toward a more just and humane society.
The Division infuses all curricula with understandings that recognize and develop the gifts and rich heritage each person brings to the respective program. The Division identifies six concepts: spirituality, culture, professionalism, knowledge, competencies, and technology. These constructs are interconnected with one another and to the goals of the Division.
Multiple assessments are used in the Division to monitor candidate performance and improve operations and programs. The unit systematically collects and analyzes data at specific checkpoints through a comprehensive web-based tool known as PASS-PORT, Performance Assessment Support System. There are four portals used at critical points in the tenure of the candidate in the program, with each portal consisting of criteria that the candidate must fulfill successfully to exit through the checkpoint. Formative and summative evaluation data are reviewed at each checkpoint to determine the candidate'Äôs progress. The PASS-PORT portal procedure gives the Division opportunities to continuously examine the validity and utility of data produced through these assessments.
The Division of Education received reaccreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in October 2003. 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.