Master of Arts in Teaching

Master of Arts in Teaching

Our 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. Specialization tracks are offered in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Admission Requirements:

  • Complete on-line application -
  • Two professional references
  • 2.5 GPA
  • GRE/MAT scores are required with no minimum score
  • Must Pass Praxis I (Pre-professional Skills Test)
  • An ACT composite score of 22 or an SAT combined verbal/critical reading and math score of 1100 or higher (New SAT) or 1030 or higher (pre-March 2016 SAT) may be used in lieu of Praxis 1 Core Academic Skills for Educators exams in reading, writing and math by prospective teachers in Louisiana. 
  •  Must pass Praxis II (content exam)
  • All applicants must be health cleared through Student Health Services prior to registration.

Documents Needed:

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
  • GRE/MAT scores are required with no minimum score
  • Praxis I and II scores
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of interest

Passing scores from Praxis I and II:

  • Praxis 1 may be waived if an applicant has an ACT score of 22 (composite), a SAT score of 1030 (combined verbal/critical reading and math), or an advanced degree.

25% Tuition Discount offered to teachers and other educational personnel. 

We do offer a 25% tuition discount to current teachers and other educational personnel only in the fall and spring semesters. 

Note: Summer sessions do not qualify for the discount. During summer school the university discounts the same courses. This places Xavier summer school at one of the lowest graduate tuition rates in New Orleans.

Please contact Ahdija Donatto in the Division of Education and Counseling at for additional details about the eligibility requirements and process for receiving this discount.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university with a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores of 280 or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores of 380
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of interest detailing why you have chosen your program of study
  • Selected applicants will be invited to participate in a group interview

Master of Arts in Teaching Required Courses

Questions? Contact the Office of Graduate Programs at 504-520-7487 or via email