Division of Education and Counseling

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Dr. William McHenry

Since 1925, when Xavier University of Louisiana 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 and Counseling is the development of reflective professionals who are collaborative change agents toward a more just and humane society.

The Division of Education and Counseling 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 core values: spirituality, diversity, professionalism, inquiry, competence, and innovation. 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 the Trac-DAT Assessment System.

The Division of Education and Counseling received reaccreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in April 2011. 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. NCATE is now known as the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Additionally, the Counseling program was accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) in 2015. The program was reviewed against high professional standards that assure the quality of its accountability system, its faculty, and its graduates.

Division of Education and Counseling XULA Teacher Education Scholarships

Because of the support of an anonymous donor, Xavier University has established a scholarship fund for rising seniors enrolled in the Undergraduate Teacher Education program and the Norman C. Francis Teacher Residency (NCFTR) program. These students have an interest in teaching in high-needs schools. In Louisiana, high-needs schools are predominately located in areas where at least 30 percent of students come from families with incomes below the poverty line; or an area with a high percentage of out-of-field-teachers, high teacher turnover rate, or a high percentage of teachers who are not certified or licensed. The scholarship fund is for undergraduate rising seniors and NCFTR residents who are seeking elementary, middle school or secondary education certification. In some instances, Master of Arts in Teaching candidates may be simultaneously pursuing special education certification.

The scholarship recognizes students of color who demonstrate a financial need and have attributes of merit including satisfactory academic performance, personal achievements, and service in the community. All potentially eligible teacher education students and NCFTR residents are encouraged to apply. The goal is to award 20 scholarships, at $10,000 each, to selected students. The Scholarship application deadline is September 24, 2020 and awards will be announced by October 9, 2020. The applicant should:

  • Have an interest in teaching in high-needs classrooms and working with diverse learners
  • Be a Senior undergraduate student, currently enrolled in Xavier University‚Äôs Teacher Education Program or
  • Be a Graduate student enrolled in the Norman C. Francis Teacher Residency (NCFTR) program
  • must be in good academic standing
  • Be in a teacher education program at Xavier University of Louisiana working towards certification in grades 1-5; 4-8; or 6-12
XULA Teacher Education Scholarship Application

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